The Dolphins are bracing for the worst with Ryan Tannehill’s left knee, but have turned to a veteran quarterback who has an established relationship with their head coach.
Jay Cutler agreed Sunday to sign with the Dolphins to compete with Matt Moore to be Miami’s starting quarterback in Tannehill’s absence. Miami officially announced the signing on Monday.
That has changed in 2017 with new coach Sean McDermott and new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, well beyond (so far) getting the healthiest version of No. 1 target Sammy Watkins. Rookie second-rounder Zay Jones has been impressive from the get-go in his first NFL offseason, delivering on the upside that comes with his size, hands and sneaky downfield speed.
Jones’ continued transition from primary slot receiver to a true No. 2 opened up a need for a veteran slot ace who could finish well for Taylor in the end zone. Boldin, who has experience with both Taylor and Dennison from his days in Baltimore, was that missing ingredient — the perfect training camp addition to round out the receiving corps.
It’s really the emergence of Jones that makes the Boldin free-agent signing work. If Jones hadn’t pulled away as a surefire “Z” option from the likes of former Raiders castoffs Andre Holmes and Rod Streater, he would need to be relegated to the slot, leaving a familiar void opposite Watkins. His work in practice has, in essence, ensured the Bills will be stronger at two complementary positions.
Buffalo, in the recent past, got some good possession play from Robert Woods and Kids Cheap Jerseys the Hanson Brothers Cheap Jerseys occasional flash from speedster Marquise Goodwin. But as Woods (Rams) and Goodwin (49ers) moved on to employ in the NFC West, the Bills also smartly moved on with more defined, durable and dynamic receiving roles.