“In the offseason I was able to reflect on everything that happened and just kind of prepared myself for what it was going to be like this year,” said Devlin, who has completed 22-of-37 passes for 183 yards, one touchdown and one interception thus far in the preseason. “I think just taking those experiences and being able to grow and being able to progress as a player mentally and physically, I think that really helped.”
During last week’s third episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Miami Dolphins,” Devlin was featured prominently. Running back
The fourth quarter of Miami’s second preseason game at the Carolina Panthers was Devlin’s time to shine against a live opponent and he was up to the task, coming within one play of pulling out a comeback victory. With his team trailing 23-10, Devlin engineered a 12-play, 86-yard scoring drive and capped it off with a 6-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver
Devlin got the ball back with 1:52 left at midfield and drove the Dolphins into the red zone, converting a 4th-and-10 with a 12-yard pass to Matthews. But with four seconds left he was picked off in the end zone trying to fit a pass into a tight window for rookie wide receiver
“Pat’s made a lot of improvement, there’s no doubt about it, since April 10th,” Philbin said. “He’s a very bright individual, very hard working, and he’s made steady progress throughout the course of the OTAs, and training camp and some of the preseason games. So yeah it will be good to see him play a little bit here on Wednesday night.”
At the beginning of training camp when there were four quarterbacks in the room, all eyes were on the other three – Moore, rookie
Tannehill was designated the winner of the quarterback competition two days after the Carolina game and Moore was named the backup, but Devlin’s approach to the competition and his earned him the respect of everyone involved. To Devlin, he was just doing what he’s always done going back to the beginning of his college career at Penn State and continuing at Delaware after he transferred.
“From the beginning it was my job to just be ready whenever they put me in there,” Devlin said. “I think I just have to have that mind frame from here on out and I think that enables me to play better. Right now my focus is Dallas. They do a lot of things on defense and they have a lot of good players, young and old. So they’ll be a challenge for us up front and I think the secondary will challenge us as well. When I get out there I’ve just got to let it go. I can’t worry about when I get in, how many I’m going to get. I just need to play my game, make smart decisions and everything will take care of itself.”