The Miami Dolphins have a bright young star at the quarterback position in Ryan Tannehill, but Tannehill’s backup, Matt Moore, is grossly overpaid and could be on the move this season if young Pat Devlin can prove his worth as a capable NFL-caliber backup.
Devlin, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound passer, certainly has the size needed at the quarterback position, but he has yet to throw a pass in a NFL regular season game, let alone play in a regular season game. Devlin has done the majority of his work during the preseason where he has looked solid at times. In Miami’s final 2013 preseason game, Devlin led Miami to a 24-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints by way of completing 22-of-38 passes for 259 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Devlin will be pushed for his job this season by undrafted rookie free agent Brock Jensen, who has quite the collegiate pedigree, but, like Devlin, is by no means a capable NFL starting QB.
Devlin has the look down, but he lacks the deep ball arm strength, accuracy and anticipation to be a starting QB at the NFL level. He certainly makes questionable decisions, which makes me ponder his ability as a capable backup to Tannehill should the former first-round pick go down for a significant amount of time.
Although Moore is overpaid, he is too valuable as a backup for Miami due to the inexperience behind him on the depth chart. It’s unlikely that the team parts ways with Moore, and Devlin is certainly fighting for his roster spot with Jensen this offseason. Odds are that Devlin stays as the team’s No. 3 QB while Jensen is stashed away on the practice squad for a season or two.