Things have changed drastically for the Miami Dolphins in the span of a week in regards to the quarterback position. After losing Ryan Tannehill to a season-ending injury, veteran Jay Cutler made his team debut on Thursday in a 31-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Cutler played the first two series of the game, throwing 3-of-6 for 24 yards in his first taste of action since his time with the Chicago Bears ended last December. At that time he was dealing with a shoulder injury, which has been repaired in surgery. The Ravens also have an interesting quarterback situation, as they remain unsure on when Joe Flacco will get back. They are currently leaning on the arm of Ryan Mallett, and have in the first two weeks of the preseason. Mallett threw 13-of-22 on Thursday, but was intercepted twice by the Dolphins' defense. He is expected to start Week 1 of the regular season if Flacco is unable to go.
Jags' QBs Struggle in Loss to Buccaneers
The Jacksonville Jaguars were far from impressed by the play of their quarterbacks on Thursday night, causing some disarray in that area. First, Blake Bortles went 8-of-13 for 65 yards in the start, but had many questionable decisions in the 12-8 loss to Tampa Bay. Those questionable decisions caused all four of his possessions to end in punts. Chad Henne would then take over, getting some reps with the first-team crew, but things did not get much better from there. Despite the backup getting reps with the starters, head coach Doug Marrone continued to support Borltes as his starter after the game. The third overall pick in the 2014 draft does not have a touchdown or a turnover this preseason. Jameis Winston was solid on the other side for the Bucs, completing 21 of 29 passes for 196 yards, and that was with two major dropped passes, including a potential touchdown to Mike Evans. Tampa Bay scored on the first three possessions of the game, getting a touchdown run from Doug Martin, and two field goals from Nick Folk.
Yankees Complete Subway-Series Sweep of Mets
Gary Sanchez was benched by New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi earlier in the month for his low average and poor defensive play behind the plate. That seems to have only motivated him to heat up, and he showed signs of that on Thursday. Sanchez went deep and drove in a career-high five runs, as the Yankees completed the four-game sweep with a 7-5 win over the New York Mets. Sanchez's long ball came off of starter Steven Matz in the first inning, while Brett Gardner broke out of a recent slump to drive in two runs with a double. The Yankees would then have to hold off a late Mets' rally, which included a grand slam off the bat of Curtis Granderson in the ninth. Dellin Betances was then brought in to record his eighth save of the year. This year's sweep of the Mets is only the third one in the season series, as the Yankees did it in 2003, and the Mets did the same in 2013. Luis Severino looked good through seven innings for the Yankees, as he recorded his 10th win of the year. The Yankees now head in to a crucial three-game weekend series at Fenway Park with the first-place Boston Red Sox.