When quarterback Jay Cutler broke two ribs two weeks ago, the Dolphins were put in a position where Matt Moore was thrust back into the starting lineup, while the team did not have a viable backup. Miami signed David Fales to fill that role, using his familiarity with the team’s offensive system, after the quarterback spent all of training camp with the team, to give them an emergency option if something were to happen to Moore.
Cutler returned for this past weekend’s game against the Oakland Raiders, but the team still has Moore and Fales on their 53-man roster.
And they have Brandon Doughty on the practice squad. A place he also held in 2016 - when again the Dolphins chose to sign a veteran quarterback rather than promote Doughty when the starting quarterback was injured. In that instance, it was the addition of T.J. Yates to add depth when Ryan Tannehill was lost at the end of the season.
Doughty continues to work for Miami on the practice squad, but has yet to be the guy to be pulled up to the 53-man roster.
That does not mean his efforts have not been noticed or rewarded.
According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, Dolphins head coach Adam Gase called Doughty when the team made the decision to sign Fales. He explained to Doughty that the team wanted a veteran presence on the roster. He also told Doughty that the team was giving him a pay raise, moving him from the practice squad minimum of $7,200 per week up to $15,200 a week.
“It was a good raise,” Doughty told Jackson, along with his appreciation for the gesture. “He put his money where his mouth is. He said he wanted a veteran backup with experience. At the end of the day, you want to be on the 53.”
Doughty, Miami’s 2016 seventh-round draft choice, was born in Davie, Florida and attended North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, Florida. He played college at Western Kentucky before returning to South Florida as a professional.