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Grading the Miami Dolphins thus far: Are players ready for prime time?

Dolphins receiver Jakeem Grant hauls in a long touchdown pass in front of Minnesota Vikings defensive back Sam Brown (31) and strong safety Jayron Kearse (27) in the preseason finale. (Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Until now, the games were just for practice and, by extension, so were the grades we handed out after each Dolphins exhibition. August was just an exercise in getting ready for September, which has arrived. Mercifully.

Next weekend, the Tampa Bay Bucs visit to start the regular season. Are the Dolphins ready? Let’s take stock of what we know so far:

Quarterback

Jay Cutler has justified Adam Gase’s faith in him this preseason. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

On the strength of eight passes, people are feeling comfortable at a position in which the starter is out for the year and his replacement is a talking head from the Fox broadcast booth. Kind of startling to put it that way, but when Ryan Tannehill wrecked his knee, Adam Gase knew he had to call Jay Cutler, who did an immediate mic drop for $10 million. Eight completions later, Gase deemed Cutler ready to go — no need to risk him in the preseason finale. Gase was right. Cutler has command …read more

Source:: Palm Beach Post