MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins second preseason game didn’t go nearly as well as the first, at least when looking at the final score.READ MORE: Investigation Underway Following 'Running Gunfight' Between Two Cars And Shots Fired At Officers In North Miami Beach
Turnovers and overall sloppy play, mostly after the Miami starters exited the game, cost the Dolphins mightily as the Baltimore Ravens took home an easy 31-7 victory.
New Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler made his first appearance on Thursday less than two weeks after coming out of retirement.
“A little nervous to get it going, but once we got out there it was fun,” Cutler said. “These guys are really talented on the outside, so they make it pretty easy for me.”
Cutler looked solid though his stats won’t show it after a couple big plays were negated by penalties.
He finished 3-of-6 for 24 yards but perhaps his nicest play was a well-timed back shoulder throw to DeVante Parker for a long gain, though play was called back on holding by Sam Young. Cutler did a good job moving up in the pocket before finding Parker down the right sideline.
“I thought he was good his first time out,” head coach Adam Gase said. “He looks like we really weren’t apart for a year. I thought his tempo was really good.”
Running back Jay Ajayi started the game for Miami just days after being removed from the concussion protocol.
Ajayi touched the ball on the Dolphins fist three plays, rushing twice for -2 yards and catching a pass from Cutler for 11 yards.
“It felt pretty smooth. I felt we were moving the ball well,” Ajayi said. “We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times. We would have loved to [have] scored on those drives.”
A nice run by Ajayi on 3rd and 27 that picked up long gain was negated from offensive holding penalty on Sam Young.
Young was called for holding twice, both times erasing a big gain by the Dolphins.
Senorise Perry had a 33 yard kickoff return to open the game.
His next return attempt didn’t go as well. Perry bobbled the ball and then after a brief return, fumbled it away to Baltimore.
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Byron Maxwell forced fumble off former Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace. Later in the first quarter Maxwell forced another fumble, this time on running back Terrance West. Miami failed to recover either fumble.
Second year cornerback Xavien Howard intercepted Ryan Mallett with a beautiful over the shoulder catch on a long pass down the left sideline.
“I had the position the whole way, just trying to make a play on the ball,” Howard said.
Rookie Condrea Tankersley also had an interception, diving for the ball and wrestling it away from Ravens wideout Quincy Adeboyejo.
Thats two interceptions and two forced fumbles, all from players expected to play significant roles in Miami’s secondary this season.
“We’re just getting better each day,” Howard said of the secondary. “Each week we’re trying to learn from what we did last game and try to get better each day.”
NOT SO SPECIAL TEAMS
The Dolphins clearly need to tighten the screws on special teams. Multiple penalties have haunted the unit in both preseason games but Miami also had a pair of turnovers in the second quarter alone.
HIT OF THE GAME
Dolphins reserve linebacker Chase Allen broke up a pass and hammered Chris Matthews with an extremely hard and clean hit halfway through the second quarter.
Rookie first round pick Charles Harris started the game for Andre Branch and played into the second half.
The Jay Cutler to DeVante Parker connection seems to be a thing.
Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips was still getting reps in the fourth quarter.
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The Dolphins appear to have escaped preseason game number two without any major injuries suffered by crucial players.