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Cutler, Ajayi find groove in Dolphins preseason game against Eagles

Offense starting to click while defense struggles for Miami in 38-31 loss

Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler exits the game Thursday night during the 2nd quarter in Philadelphia.
Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler exits the game Thursday night during the 2nd quarter in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA – New Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler, in his first significant preseason action since taking over for the injured Ryan Tannehill, looked solid in five possessions Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

In his five drives, Cutler led the Dolphins to three touchdowns. Running back Jay Ajayi ran in two of the scores and Cutler threw his only touchdown of the game to tight end Julius Thomas in the second quarter. 

Cutler, who turned the ball over in the opening drive on a strip sack, was able to recover and finished 5-for-8 on passing attempts while totaling 105 passing yards with that one touchdown. The most impressive pass for Cutler was a 72-yard connection with DeVante Parker that led to Ajayi's first score of the game. 

Ajayi carried the ball nine times for 53 yards while scoring a pair of two-yard touchdown runs. 

Miami's backup quarterback, Matt Moore, got off to a rough start after he came in for Cutler. Moore started his night 0-for-3 on passing attempts with two interceptions.

Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz burned the Dolphins defense for 129 yards and two touchdowns, but he was intercepted once.