DAVIE, Fla. - Jay Cutler is eager to play in Thursday night's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, but he said it won't be up to him.
"Whatever Adam wants," Cutler said of Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase.
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The newest Dolphins quarterback told reporters Sunday that he'll talk to Gase about whether he should play Thursday and make a decision "whenever we feel good about it."
Cutler joined the team last week after last year's starting quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, suffered a season-ending injury during training camp.
The former Chicago Bears quarterback ended his brief retirement to join the Dolphins and be reunited with Gase, who was his offensive coordinator in Chicago.
"We're so one day at a time right now with him," Gase said. "I mean, every play, he comes back and kind of re-assesses things after the series and we kind of talk things out to see where mentally, he can come back and say, 'Hey, I saw that nice and clean,' or, 'I felt this in the pocket.' So there's just a lot dialogue there."
Cutler said he is seeing the field well and felt more comfortable in practice than he did last week. Still, he wants to get in a preseason game to get some meaningful time with his receivers.
"Just being behind some of these guys and missing most of training camp, missing OTAs, I think it's important for me to get some valuable reps out there, feel good and get some positive stuff on tape with some of these guys," Cutler said.
Matt Moore, who started Miami's 30-12 playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last season after Tannehill was lost for the season, started last week's 23-20 win against the Atlanta Falcons.
Cutler said he's spent a lot of time breaking down plays with Gase after hours on FaceTime.
"I get out of here at a reasonable hour so I can get home and rest up, but we FaceTime late into the night if something pops up or if I'm not sure about something, he's always right there and he'll explain it," he said.
Gase said Cutler is "getting a little bit better" each day.
Cutler admitted that the first few days with his new team was "a whirlwind."
"You just have to get used to it, like any other new experience," he said. "The longer you're in it, the easier it is."
Now he's just ready to play football. Maybe he'll get his chance Thursday.
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