Ryan Tannehill has proved he’s athletic enough to be used in the read-option offense.
But the Dolphins quarterback might not be using his legs as much in Adam Gase’s offense. Gase, who most recently coached offenses that featured Jay Cutler and Peyton Manning, said he’s not sure how much read-option Miami will run this season.
“We’ll see how it goes with that,” Gase said. “I haven’t had great success in the past because I haven’t had a ton of mobile guys. But we have some things that we can use. We’re just going to kind of take it a little bit at a time. It’s hard to run against our defense. … We’ll probably focus on things like that more in walkthroughs and things like that. There will be a time and place for it, but once again when you’re putting the quarterback out there especially in the zone-read game, you just better make sure you’re right because you don’t want him taking unnecessary shots.”
Tannehill, who played as a wide receiver at Texas A&M, has run for 901 yards on 177 rush attempts (5.1 yards per carry) over his four NFL seasons. In Gase’s offense with the Bears last season, Cutler ran for 201 yards on 38 rush attempts. One of Tannehill’s strengths as a quarterback has been his ability to throw on the run outside of the pocket. But the Dolphins’ wide-nine defense featuring defensive ends Cameron Wake and Mario Williams has made it difficult for Tannehill to escape the pocket in training camp, the story said.
A serious calf injury kept Alshon Jeffery out of commission for the entire 2015 preseason.
Jay Cutler does not want to see history repeat itself.
As Jeffery slowly returns from a minor hamstring strain, the quarterback thinks it’s important for the Bears’ No. 1 receiver to play in exhibition games.
“I think it’s going to be important for him to get a few reps out there, just to get used to football,” Cutler said Monday. “He’s been kind of on and off at camp, so just getting three games, four games in or just getting some reps, just getting his conditioning, will help him get ready to play football. Get some soreness and work through that, I think that would be good for him.”
Last year, Jeffery suffered a calf strain in a closed walk-through practice that forced him to miss all four of the Bears’ preseason contests. He returned to the lineup in Week 1, but wound up battling injuries throughout the year. Following the Bears’ decision to apply the franchise tag, Jeffery stayed away from the team’s voluntary offseason workout program. He reported to camp in good shape but tweaked his hamstring Aug. 3. On Monday, Jeffery did dress in full pads but worked exclusively on a side field. Jeffery is not expected to be active for Chicago's preseason debut Thursday night against the Denver Broncos, but his ultra-limited participation Monday is a sign the wideout’s health is improving, the story all said.
Cutler is pleased with how the offense is progressing, but he conceded that Wednesday's practice wasn't the unit's best since arriving in Bourbonnais.
"We're getting there," Cutler said. "I thought today was a kind of a half step back after the off day. We started off fast, but didn't end that well. The o-line has played really well in the five, six, seven practices we've had. Receivers have kind of been up and down a little bit. But overall I think we're definitely making some big steps."
Among the things Cutler mentioned was wanting Kevin White to use his speed more and how Alshon Jeffery has looked good despite leaving practice today with muscle tightness. He added the stars of the camp have been the offensive line and the holes they've made for Jeremy Langford and Ka'Deem Carey. Cutler has the weapons around him and could have fantasy value considering his ADP of the 17th round.
The feeling around the team is that Bears WR Kevin White is going to prove to be worth the wait. He drew positive reviews from his position coach during offseason work and quarterback Jay Cutler thinks the sky is the limit for White once he has a full grasp of the offense.
“He’s got a lot of things he’s processing, thinking through,” Cutler said, via ESPN.com. “I think for anybody taking a year off football, jumping back into it is going to be hard. A rookie missing kind of that vital year, where you learn so much that first year jumping into that second year, it’s a big miss for him. But he’s so physically gifted I think he’s going to make it up really, really quickly. It’s just a matter of him letting those athletic gifts come through and him getting comfortable with the system and the verbiage and the splits and everything else that he’s going to learn, and being at a place where he doesn’t have to think and can just go out and play football. I think once we hit a fast-forward button and get to that point, he’s going to be something special.”
Although it's early, reports on White have all been positive. Keep in mind, he still has no NFL experience, but a big impact may not be out of the question because the Bears will need him. White is 37th on our WR list which is a low-end WR3. He could be a nice grab between rounds 8-10.
QB Jay Cutler and White spent time together in the offseason, away from football, and one result is the receiver understanding what his quarterback needs and demands.
White was practicing late last season before the Bears opted to leave him shut down after their season. The lost season set him behind on his learning curve, particularly given his relative inexperience playing at the highest level at West Virginia. But the Bears also gave White’s injury time to heal rather than rush their No. 7-overall draft choice onto the field. The time off allowed more than just the stress-fracture surgery to mend. It's a good sign for the Bears offense that White is looking impressive early on.
The Miami Dolphins have hired Adam Gase as their next head coach.
Gase, the former offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears, becomes Miami's fourth consecutive hire with no prior head-coaching experience, joining former Dolphins coaches Joe Philbin, Tony Sparano and Cam Cameron. He is considered a "quarterback guru," a highly coveted trait for Miami. He worked with quarterback Jay Cutler this season and Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow in Denver in previous seasons.
Prior to joining the Bears, Gase ran the Broncos' offense for two years and the team finished first in scoring in 2013 and second in 2014. Chicago's offense actually fared pretty well this season with all the injuries they suffered at receiver and tight end. Jay Cutler posted the second-highest YPA (7.58) of his career and took care of the ball about as well as he ever has. The hire is an upgrade for Tannehill.
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 16. Looks like Jeffery is out for Week 16. Jay Cutler is less appealing as a streaming play, though he’s been decent (230 yards, 1.3 TD, 17 rushing yards) in the four games without Jeffery in the lineup this year. Eddie Royal becomes a decent desperation play, though he hasn’t cracked the 50-yard mark or scored a touchdown since Week 4. Marc Mariani and Josh Bellamy probably will round out the receiving corps.
Friday, December 4, 2015, 6:28pm
Bears QB Jay Cutler (illness, probable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is probable for Week 13. Cutler should be able to play against the 49ers. The probable tag indicates that his availability is not in doubt.
“We’re going to see on Thursday,” Jeffery said.
Offensive coordinator Adam Gase is certainly eager to have a full complement of weapons available to him again. Gase and the Bears’ offense have only had their top three playmakers – Forte, Jeffery and quarterback Jay Cutler – together for three games this season, left to adapt and reinvent itself on a week by week basis.
Forte’s return , Gase said, will be an obvious bonus to a running attack that averaged just 3.4 yards per attempt in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos.
Sounds like Jeffery will be a game-time call, but Forte's presence puts a fantasy hit on Jeremy Langford's value. Before dumping Langford, owners may want to see how the workload is split first, at least for a week. Langford has earned more time but it remains to be seen just how much with Forte active.
Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:11pm
Bears QB Jay Cutler (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 5. Cutler played pretty well last week and has a nice matchup with a shaky Chiefs’ secondary, though Kansas City is a tough place to play. The status of Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal looms large for Cutler, who is expected to play.
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm
Bears QB Jay Cutler (hamstring) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Cutler played pretty well last week and has a nice matchup with a shaky Chiefs’ secondary, though Kansas City is a tough place to play. The status of Alshon Jeffery looms large for Cutler.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:19pm
Bears QB Jay Cutler (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Cutler played pretty well last week and has a nice matchup with a shaky Chiefs’ secondary, though Kansas City is a tough place to play.
Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
Bears QB Jay Cutler (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 4. There is an outside chance that Cutler can play, but he’s expected to miss Week 4. Jimmy Clausen likely gets the start against the Raiders. The Bears play early on Sunday.
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:11pm
Bears QB Jay Cutler (hamstring) took limited practice reps again Thursday. There is an outside chance that Cutler can play, but he’s expected to miss Week 4. Jimmy Clausen likely gets the start against the Raiders.
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