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Pro Football Focus: Jermon Bushrod Headlines Dismal Dolphins Outing

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In a forgettable night for the Dolphins, Jermon Bushrod assisted in keeping Jay Cutler upright against the Panthers.

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NFL: Miami Dolphins at Carolina Panthers Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins losing streak extended to three games after falling to the Carolina Panthers on Monday night. Quarterback Cam Newton spearheaded the Panthers’ attack with four touchdowns through the air, and his teammates supplemented the offensive attack with 294 yards on the ground. Despite the 24-point loss, Miami’s offensive line performed reasonably well against the Panthers.

Two of the Dolphins’ offensive linemen caught the eye of the analysis team at Pro Football Focus on Monday, as Jermon Bushrod captured a grade of 81.5. Along with Bushrod, Jesse Davis received a favorable grade of 74.3. Thanks to their play, Jay Cutler escaped the contest without being sacked.

Unfortunately for the Dolphins, Cutler was unable to capitalize on his increased protection. Inaccuracy and questionable decision making led to the veteran quarterback receiving a paltry grade of 38.7 from PFF.

Pro Football Focus had this to say about Cutler’s night:

This was an ugly one from the veteran quarterback, who was probably fortunate to finish Monday night with only one interception. Cutler moved around quite a bit in the pocket on MNF and it often led to unset, inaccurate throws, some just sailing over open receivers. He especially struggled throwing to the left side of the field as he completed just 3-of-11 passes to the left that traveled beyond the line of scrimmage for just 33 yards and an interception, giving him a microscopic 1.7 passer rating on those 11 throws.

The Dolphins will return to action on Sunday when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


To get the complete list of grades and analysis from Monday's contest, you can visit Pro Football Focus.