The Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens have completed their Preseason Week 2 matchup with the Dolphins falling to the Ravens 31 - 7.
The final score means nothing as this is only the preseason, but we finally got to see what Jay Cutler looks like out on the football field. Cutler’s first throw was to Jay Ajayi which resulted in a first down. Ajayi actually started the game after coming back from a concussion.
Cutler only played two drives and wen 3 of 6 for 24. He honestly wasn’t that bad. He and DeVante Parker had a big play called back due to a holding penalty. Ajayi also only played for two drives. The running back also had a big play called back to another holding penalty.
Neither Cutler or Matt Moore had much of a chance behind that offensive line. There seemed to be constant pressure and it forced the quarterbacks to either throw early or get out of the pocket. This line needs Mike Pouncey to succeed. Moore only played one series.
Byron Maxwell and the first team defense had a pretty good showing. Maxwell forced two fumbles and the defense was able to stop the Ravens. Mike Hull made a stop on forth down near midfield which turned the ball over to the Dolphins. Hull saw some extended time as the linebacker is expected to start now. Xavien Howard also recorded an interception as the second year player is expected to contribute a lot this season. Devon Godchaux got the start over Jordan Phillips.
With the second/third team offense in, led by David Fales, the Dolphins were able to score first thanks to a Senorise Perry 11-yard touchdown run. Isaac Asiata had a nice block and Perry broke a few tackles. However, Perry handled a kickoff return and gave the ball away as he fumbled the ball in the second quarter.
Dolphins special teams in the first half was...bad. Perry had the fumble,Matt Darr had a punt blocked, and the return unit had a holding penalty. Darren Rizzi will not be pleased.
Cordrea Tankersley recorded an interception as he took the ball out of the receivers hands. Rookie draft picks such as Tankersley, Godchaux, and Vincent Taylor made some plays on defense, which had to make Chris Grier and Mike Tannenbaum feel good.
The Dolphins played some sloppy football. There were penalties and poor play but thankfully none of the starters got injured. The Dolphins will head to Philadelphia next week to take on the Eagles and look for the starters to see a bunch of playing time.