Miami Dolphins vs Baltimore Ravens Preseason Action
The Miami Dolphins second preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens couldn’t have been any more the complete opposite from their first preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons. The Dolphins lost to the Ravens 31-7 and it was apparent that the solid play of the offensive line against the Falcons did not show up this week. Who did make their first appearance in a Dolphins’ uniform was quarterback Jay Cutler.
What should give Dolphin fans hope was the play from Jay Cutler. There was no rust and where Ryan Tannehill lack’s in pocket awareness, Cutler more than made up for it. With the offensive line allowing the defense of Baltimore to move Cutler and subsequent quarterbacks out of the pocket; Cutler was able to sense the pressure and get rid of the ball. His best throw was a 31 yard sideline pass to De’Vante Parker as Cutler deftly avoided the pocket pressure and threw on the run. Although the catch was nullified by a holding penalty, it showcased the poise and arm strength Jay Cutler still has.
Also back for his first preseason action was Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi. He had a couple of decent runs before the coaches pulled him out after the offensive line let Ravens defensive tackle, Brandon Williams, get a clean shot on Ajayi. With a couple of more preseason games left, Jay Ajayi should be ready to go full time after exiting the concussion protocol.
Defensive rookie Davon Godchaux continued to impress with his play along the defensive line. Cameron Wake and Ndamkong Suh also got some extensive work in with both making their presence felt in the backfield. Byron Maxwell came up with two force fumbles for the defense which looked great at times and not so great at times.
It’s still early on in the preseason, but it apparent that the Dolphins have some holes to fill. The next preseason game for the Dolphins will be on August 24th against the Philadelphia Eagles.