Friday, August 30, 2013
QB Pat Devlin ready to 'face the music'
By James Walker
MIAMI -- This will be an antsy 24 hours for Miami Dolphins backup quarterback Pat Devlin.
The Dolphins are in the process of deciding whether it is worth keeping three quarterbacks this season before Saturday’s final roster cut to 53 players. Miami has two solid players at the position in starter Ryan Tannehill and veteran backup Matt Moore. Devlin is on the bubble because his roster spot could be used to add depth at other areas of the team.
Thursday's preseason finale against the New Orleans Saints was a showcase game for Devlin. He showed some good things and some bad things in a 24-21 victory for Miami. Devlin completed 22-of-38 passes for 259 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. The highlight came on a 56-yard touchdown pass to backup receiver Marvin McNutt to win the game in the fourth quarter.
Now, Devlin’s future with the Dolphins will be determined by Miami's coaching staff and front office.
“It’s out of my hands,” Devlin said Thursday night after the game. “My family came down, so I’m going to spent a little time with them and just take care of my body I guess the next couple of days. You just face the music.”
Devlin hopes the Dolphins provide good music to his ears Saturday when the team makes its cuts. Quarterback is a deep area for Miami, and Devlin might get caught in a numbers’ game. The Dolphins don’t have the same depth in several other areas such as safety, linebacker and the offensive line.
“We’re going to have some tough decisions. We’ll see,” said Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin. “Pat has an excellent mastery of the system. He’s got very good poise. He stepped up and made a play when we had to have one.”
After Thursday’s game, Devlin was asked on his philosophy of keeping two versus three quarterbacks. Devlin jokingly responded he's a three-quarterback guy, especially when it benefits him.
“Absolutely, absolutely,” Devlin said with a smile. “But, you know, there are pros and cons to everything, and the coaches have to take all that into account.”
The deadline for Miami and all NFL teams to make roster cuts is 6 p.m. ET on Saturday. ESPN.com’s Dolphins page will have full coverage on Miami's cuts when they take place.