Jay Cutler started for the Dolphins on Sunday, and out came the old Jay Cutler jokes.
But make no mistake: Miami is not Chicago, and this Jay Cutler is not that Jay Cutler.
Well, he kind of is, because he’s playing for Adam Gase again. But that’s the only similarity. Cutler was paid well as a suddenly-wanted quarterback to elevate a playoff team. His situation with the Dolphins is a lot different than being a lame duck with little support on a lost Bears team.
The most talked-about throw Cutler made in his Dolphins debut, a 19-17 win over the Chargers, is one that didn’t land anywhere near intended wide receiver Kenny Stills … or in bounds. His Hail Mary fail on his final pass attempt of the first half got way too much attention given what he did near the end of the second half.
The Jets have been burned by workhorse and speed backs early, and Jay Ajayi is both of those rolled up into one premier package. While Jay Cutler won’t need to do much and will keep it simple playing off Ajayi, Josh McCown (Cutler’s former backup in Chicago) will have trouble doing much with limited time on the field.
This is not a misprint. In a battle of winless teams, Cleveland is in the rare position of being a road favorite. The Browns have been competitive early, and the Colts fought as much as they could in Week 2. Go horseshoes over lucky dogs, with a winning kick from venerable Adam Vinatieri in a non-shootout between Jacoby Brissett and DeShone Kizer.
Guards at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster, Mass., find a shank in Hernandez’s cell during a search of his prison block. After the incident, he was taken out of the general population and put in an isolated unit.
Ernest Wallace, a friend of Aaron Hernandez, is acquitted of murder in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. But Wallace is found guilty of being an accessory after the murder.
Jose Baez, the noted Florida attorney who defended Casey Anthony in 2011, is retained to serve as lead counsel for Hernandez during the former NFL star’s double-homicide trial.
After drawing just two targets during the Carolina Panthers’ week one win, Devin Funchess saw six targets in Week 2. The rise in targets is almost definitely attributable to Greg Olsen leaving the game early in the first quarter with a foot injury as all of Funchess’ targets subsequent to the injury. The best part of those targets is the depth at which they were thrown as five of those six targets came at least 13 yards down the field.
The depth of those targets is sweet, but this week’s opponent is sweeter. The New Orleans Saints’ passing defense can only be described as nonexistent. After finishing dead last in the league last year by allowing 274 passing yards per game, they’ve actually found a way to make that seem respectable as they’ve allowed a whopping 389 passing yards per game this year. -K.D.
Speaking of streaming against the Colts’ suspect defense, Higgins is a fun pairing with Kizer in deeper leagues given the instant rapport the two enjoyed in Week 2. Corey Coleman is headed to injured reserve, meaning a batch of meaningful targets are up for grabs in Cleveland. Higgins was targeted on a whopping 28.6 percent of his team-leading 35 routes in Week 2, evidence he might be the key beneficiary of Coleman’s absence over the next several weeks. -J.M.