The quarterback that has been raising eyebrows thus far in camp is 7th round pick Brandon Doughty.
The former Western Kentucky Hilltopper has shown great understanding and vocal command of the offense, using various hand signals during pre-snap, and anticipating his throws to receivers.
“He figures out a way to get completions,” said Adam Gase. “ It happened again today like 3 times:. ‘I have no idea what your progression is but somehow somebody caught the ball.’”
Various times at practice, the offense has been under duress by an aggressive defensive line, but that doesn’t seem to affect the young rookie. He seems to know where everyone is despite pressure coming at him. One example was from Monday when Doughty filled in for veteran backup Matt Moore. The pocket was closing around Doughty, but the quarterback kept his eyes downfield looking for a receiver, until the last moment when he stepped up in the pocket and delivered a checkdown to the running back.
“He’s so calm. Nothing rattles him. I love his demeanor. Just in the huddle, on the line of scrimmage, in the meeting room. I just think every day he comes out there something seems to click for him a little different everyday. The biggest thing for us is when we get in the preseason, I can’t wait to see how he performs in the preseason.”
Doughty put up gaudy numbers his last 2 years at Western Kentucky. In 2014, he passed for 4,830 yds with a 49-10 TD/Int ratio. In 2015, he put up 5,055 yds, 48 TDs, and 9 Ints.
There were only 2 knocks on him during the 2016 NFL Draft: his lack of arm strength (which he makes up for with great anticipation on throws to receivers coming out of their breaks) and becoming rattled in the pocket. So far in camp, this doesn’t seem to be the case.
Expect Brandon Doughty to make this team as the number 3 quarterback. If he wasn’t a rookie needing some veteran guidance, I would say he had the ability to be the team’s number 2 quarterback. Perhaps this will happen next offseason if the Dolphins decide to cut ties with Matt Moore.null