6 Jay Cutler, Quarterback

Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 233 lbs.
College: Vanderbilt
Born: in Santa Claus, Ind.
Acquired: Draft #1 (11th overall), 2006
Pro Year: 2nd
Year with Broncos: 2nd
NFL Games Played/Started: 5/5
Postseason: 0/0

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  2006 NFL DRAFT -- DAY ONE

OVERVIEW
At Vanderbilt, Cutler was three-time team captain whose production had been limited due to poor protection provided him over the years in the pocket. He is a tough athlete who had to withstand more punishment than most college passers since moving into the starting lineup as a redshirt freshman. Many in the scouting industry feel that all Cutler needs is patient coaching to refine his mechanics and better tools to work with in order to unleash his talent.  Cutler was a standout three-sport athlete at Heritage Hills High School. He lettered three years as a two-way starter in football, serving as gridiron captain as a senior. He led his team to a 15-0 record and their first state title in school history that year, completing 60 percent of his passes, going 122 of 202 for 2,252 yards and 31 touchdowns. He rushed for 493 yards and 11 scores on 65 carries (7.6 avg). He also recorded 88 tackles and nine interceptions as a safety, in addition to returning six kicks, a fumble and interception for touchdowns.

He holds almost all of team’s passing and total offense records. Jay was named Coaches and Associated Press first team All-State and Indiana Offensive Player of the Year by S&L Publishing Group as a senior. He was also selected Conference and Region Player of the Year. He led his team to an 11-1 record as a junior, passing for 1,200 yards, 14 touchdowns to earn All-Area, All-Conference and All-State honors.

As a sophomore, Jay threw for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was a first-team All-State pick in basketball, averaging 20.0 and 21.0 points per game in his final two varsity years. He also was an honorable mention All-State shortstop on the baseball team, hitting over .400 as a junior and senior. Cutler was a member of National Honor Society at Heritage Hills.

Jay redshirted as a freshman at Vanderbilt in 2001. He took over the starting quarterback job in 2002, appearing in eleven games. He was able to gain 1,433 yards with ten touchdowns and nine interceptions on 103 of 212 tosses (48.6%). He finished second on the team with 123 carries for 393 yards (3.2 avg) and nine touchdowns, finishing the year with 1,826 total yards. Only John Gromos (1483 in 1985) threw for more yards in a season among Commodore first-year quarterbacks.

Cutler was named offensive captain as a sophomore. He connected on 187 of 327 passes (57.2%) for a career-high 2,347 yards, 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. His 2,347 yards rank seventh on the school’s season-record list and was the most ever by a sophomore quarterback in Vanderbilt annals. He also finished third on the squad with 299 yards and a score on 115 carries (2.6 avg). His 2,646 yards in total offense was the fourth-best season total in Commodore history, topped only by Kurt Page (3034 in 1983), Eric Jones (2853 in 1988) and Whit Taylor (2679 in 1982.

In 2004, Jay again served as team captain. He connected on 147 of 241 passes (61.0%) for 1,844 yards, ten touchdowns and a career-low five interceptions. He ranked third on the team with 109 carries for 349 yards (3.2 avg) and six scores.

In 2005, Jay became the first Commodore since 1967 to earn Southeastern Conference Player of the Year honors. He was a first-team All-SEC pick as he completed 273-of-462 passes (59.1%) for 3,073 yards, 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He finished third on the team with 215 yards and a score on 106 carries (2.0 avg). Jay ranked ninth in the nation in total offense (298.91 ypg) and fifth in passing, completing 24.82 tosses per game.

Cutler started every game (45) that he played in at Vanderbilt. He connected on 710 of 1,242 passes (57.2%) for 8,697 yards, 59 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. He rushed for 1,256 yards with seventeen scores on 453 carries (2.8 avg) and gained 9,953 yards in total offense. He finished as the holder of 21 school records, including career marks for yards passing, total offense, pass completions, attempts, touchdown passes and combined touchdowns.

2006 Regular Season:
Did not play in the first 11 games. He was named NFL Rookie of Week for his performance against Arizona. He completed 21-of-31 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-20 win in Arizona. He made his professional debut with a start on Sunday Night Football vs. Sea. (12/3). He completed 10-of-21 for 143 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing four times for 10 yards. He also was sacked three times (22 yds.) and intercepted twice. He recorded his first pro completion on his third attempt as he connected with Sapp for a one-yard gain in the second quarter. He registered his first touchdown pass as he hit Alexander for a seven-yard score. In the fourth quarter, he and Marshall teamed for a 71-yard touchdown to tie the score at 20. The play marks the longest pass play between two rookies in team history. He completed 17-of-30 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions at S.D. (12/10). In the third quarter, he connected on 10-of-13 passes for 137 yards, including a pair of touchdowns to Scheffler. On the team’s first drive of the second half, he hit all five passes for 69 yards, capping it with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Scheffler. He completed two-of-three attempts of the second drive for 27 yards resulting in an 11-yard scoring strike to Scheffler. His two touchdown passes to Scheffler within a 48-second span tied for the quickest in league history that two rookies produced a pair of scoring passes, equaling the mark established by Charlie Conerly and Bill Swiacki of the New York Giants in 1948. He completed 21-of-31 passes for 261 yards, two touchdowns while being intercepted once in his first professional win at Ari. (12/17). He connected with Walker on a 54-yard touchdown on the team’s third offensive play to open the game’s scoring. In the third quarter, he completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Smith to take a 23-10 lead over the Cardinals. He posted his first career single-game passer rating of over 100 as he notched a 101.7 for the game. Hi sp101.7 passer rating is the highest Broncos rookie passer rating since John Elway posted a 117.4 on Dec. 4, 1983 vs. Cle. He became just the seventh player in league history to throw at least two touchdown passes in each of his first three starts and only the third rookie (Dan Marino in 1983 and Charlie Conerly in 1948) to do so. He also joined Mark Rypien (1998) as the only players in league annals to throw at least two touchdown passes in each of his three appearances. He completed 12-of-23 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns while being intercepted once in his first home victory vs. Cin. (12/24). He rushed twice for a one-yard loss and was sacked three times (19 yds.) against Cincinnati. He became the second rookie and just the fifth player in league history to throw multiple touchdowns in his first four games. He directed a 14-play, 99-yard touchdown-scoring drive in the third quarter as he completed three-of-six passes for 60 yards on the drive resulting in Mike Bell’s two-yard touchdown run. He completed 21-of-32 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown in the regular-season finale vs. S.F. (12/31). He left the game in the second quarter and returned to start the third quarter. Despite missing most of an entire quarter, he posted season high with 21 completions (tied) and 32 pass attempts against the 49ers. In the fourth quarter, he engineered a 10-play, 80-yard drive culminating with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Scheffler. On the drive, he completed six–of-seven passes for 73 yards, including the touchdown toss.

COLLEGIATE CAREER NOTES
Has started every game (45) that he played in for the Commodores…Holds the school careerrecord with 710 completions of 1,242 passes, topping Greg Zolman (596 of 1156, 1998- 2001)…His 8,687 yards passing surpassed Zolman (7,981) on Vanderbilt's all-time reciord chart…His 59 touchdown passes also topped Zolman (41) and Whit Taylor (41, 1979-82) for the Commodores' career-record…Completed 57.2% of his passes, breaking the previous school record of 56.7% by Kurt Page (1981-84)…Became the third quarter-back in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards (1,256) in a career, joining Eric Jones (1211, 1986-88) and Marcus Wilson (1468, 1989-92)…Only Wilson (24) ran for more touch-downs in a career (by a quarterback) that Jay's 17 in school annals…His average of 5.87 yards per offensive play is the third-best figure in school history behind Eric Jones (5.94 avg) and Bill Wade (6.07 avg, 1949-51)…His 9,953 yards in total offense established a new school career-record, topping the old mark of 7,607 yards by Zolman and ranks eighth on the SEC's career-record chart…Jay became the first Commodore in 113 seasons to serve as team captain three times during his career. The only other athlete to accomplish that feat helped start the Vanderbilt program in 1890. Elliott H. Jones served as both head coach and captain of the first three Commodore teams.

2005 SEASON
All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection by the Associated Press and the league's coaches…Became the first Commodore since Bob Goodridge in 1967 to be named SEC Player of the Year by the league's coaches…Finalist for the Davey O'Brien and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Awards…Jay entered his final season with Vanderbilt as the South-eastern Conference's most experienced quarterback and one of its most talented offensive players…Served as team captain for the third-straight year…Ranked ninth in the nation in total offense (298.91 ypg) and fifth with an average of 24.82 pass completions per game… Completed 273 of 462 passes (59.1%) for a career-high 3,073 yards, 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions…Joined Kurt Page (3,178 in 1983) as the only Commodores to throw for over 3,000 yards in a season…His 273 completions on 462 attempts rank second on the school season-record list behind Page (286-of- 493 in 1983) and his 21 scores are topped only by Whit Taylor (22 in 1982) on Vanderbilt's annual record chart…Ranked third on the team with 215 yards and a touchdown on 106 carries (2.0 avg)…Led the SEC with 3,288 yards in total offense.

2004 SEASON
Two-time captain who started every game for the Commodores...Team's Offensive Back MVP Award winner…Completed 147 of 241 passes for 1,844 yards, ten touchdowns and only five interceptions…His 61.0 pass completion percentage was the second-best season average in school history, topped only by Watson Brown (62.2% in 1969…The only other player to complete 60% of his passes in a season for the Commodores was Eric Jones (60.7) in 1987…Among starting quarterbacks, only Mike Healy (one in 1990), Russ Morris (four in 1959), Bob Berry (one in 1948) and Jamie Wade (three in 1946) had less interceptions in a season at Vanderbilt…Ranked third on the team with 349 yards and six scores on 109 carries (3.2 avg)…His 349 yards and six touchdowns both ranked second in the Southeastern Conference among quarterbacks…Gained 2,193 yards in total offense, the tenth-best season total in school history…Was sacked 25 times for losses of 195 yards…Fumbled the ball seven times, with the opposition recovering four of those miscues…Accounted for 85 of the team's 209 first downs via passes and added 22 more rushing, including eight on third-down plays and one more on fourth down.

2003 SEASON
Named the team's Offensive Back co-MVP Award winner...Started every game for the Commodores, as he set nearly all VU sophomore passing marks, including completions (187), attempts (327), yards (2,347) and touchdowns (18)...His total offense output (2,646 yards) is fourth best in VU history, topped only by Kirk Page (3034 in 1983), Eric Jones (2853 in 1988) and Whit Taylor (2679 in 1982)…His 2,347 yards passing broke the old sophomore season-record of 2,059 yards by Greg Zolman in 1999…It also ranks seventh on the school's overall seasonrecord chart behind Page (3178 in 1983 and 2405 in 1984), Jones (2548 in 1988), Zolman (2512 in 2001 and 2441 in 2000) and Taylor (2481 in 1982)…Only Taylor (22 in 1982) threw for more touchdowns in a season than Jay's 18…His 57.2 pass completion percentage was the highest by a Commodore in a season since Mike Healy completed 57.7% of his passes in 1990…Third on the team with 115 carries for 299 yards (2.6 avg) and a score…Was intercepted thirteen times, sacked 16 times for losses of 120 yards and fumbled thirteen times, with six of those miscues being recovered by the defense…Accounted for 113 first downs passing…Named team Player of the Game vs. Navy, South Carolina and Kentucky…Selected Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. Kentucky.

2002 SEASON
Freshman All-American third-team selection by The Sporting News…Freshman All-Southeastern Conference choice by the league's coaches and the Associated Press…Started eleven games…Posted one of finest seasons ever by a Commodore fresh-man quarterback...Completed 103 of 212 passes (48.6%) fort 1,433 yards, ten touchdowns and nine interceptions…Only John Gromos (1483 in 1985) threw for more yards as a freshman in school history…Also was team's second-leading rusher with 393 yards and nine scores on 123 carries (3.2 avg), the most rushing yards and rushing touchdowns by Vanderbilt quarterback since Ronnie Gordon's 577-yard/13-TD total in 1994…His 1,826 yards in total offense set a school freshman season-record.

2001 SEASON
Redshirted as a freshman.

CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS
4.81 in the 40-yard dash…400-pound bench press…Bench presses 225 pounds 27 times…480- pound squat…295-pound power clean…315-pound hang clean…32-inch vertical jump…31 - inch arm length…9 3/8-inch hands…Right-handed.

HIGH SCHOOL
Attended Heritage Hills (Lincoln City, In.) High School, playing football for head coach Bob Clayton…Standout three-sport athlete who lettered three years as a two-way starter in football, serving as gridiron captain as a senior…Led his team to a 15-0 record and their first state title in school history that year, completing 60 percent of his passes, going 122 of 202 for 2,252 yards and 31 touchdowns…Rushed for 493 yards and 11 scores on 65 carries (7.6 avg)…Also recorded 88 tackles and nine interceptions as a safety, in addition to returning six kicks, a fumble and interception for touchdowns…Holds almost all of team's passing and total offense records…Named Coaches and Associated Press first team All-State and Indiana Offensive Player of the Year by S&L Publishing Group as a senior…Also selected Conference and Region Player of the Year…Led his team to an 11-1 record as a junior, passing for 1,200 yards, 14 touchdowns to earn All-Conference, All-Area and All-State honors…As a sophomore, Jay threw for 1,000 yards and 10 touch-downs…First-team All-State pick in basketball, averaging 20.0 and 21.0 points per game in his final two varsity years…Was an honorable mention All-State shortstop on the baseball team, hitting over .400 as a junior and senior…Member of National Honor Society at Heritage Hills.

PERSONAL: Cutler completed his degree in Human and Organizational Development in December 2005. In strength tests leading up to the NFL Combine, he bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times and had a maximum press of 400 pounds. Cutler grew up in a subdivision called Christmas Village in the Southern Indiana town of Santa Claus. His father, Jack, works for the Indiana state police and his mother, Sandy, is a part-time teacher. Jay Cutler was born on April 29, 1983, in Santa Claus, Ind.

 

Cutler's Regular Season Record
 
Passing
Year
Club
G
S
Att.
Comp.
Pct.
Yds.
Yds./Att.
TD
%
Int.
%
LG
Sack
Yds.
Rtg.
2006
Denver
5
5
137
81
59.1
1,001
7.3
9
6.6
5
3.6
71t
13
85
88.5
Career Totals
 
5
5
137
81
59.1

1,001

7.3
9
6.6
5
3.6
71t
13
85
88.5

   
RUSHING
 
SCORING
Year
Club
Att.
Yds.
Avg.
LG
TD
 
TD
TDr
TDp
TDrt
2pt
Pts.

2006

Denver

12

18

1.5

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Career Totals
 
12
18
1.5
9
0
 
0
0
0
0
0
0

Additional Statistics: Miscellaneous tackles — 2006 (1), TOTAL (1). Fumbles — 3 FR (1 FR vs. Sea. (12/3/06), 1 FR vs. Cin. (12/24/06) and 1 FR vs. S.F. (12/31/06)).

Cutler’s Single-Game Career Bests (Postseason):
Attempts — 32, vs. San Francisco, 12/31/06 (none). Pass completions — 21, twice last, vs. San Francisco, 12/31/06 (none). Yards passing — 261, at Arizona, 12/17/06 (none). Completion percentage — 67.7% (21-31), at Arizona, 12/17/06 (none). Touchdown passes — 2, 4 times last, vs. Cincinnati, 12/24/06 (none). Longest pass completion — 71t, vs. Seattle, 12/3/06 (none). Rushing attempts — 4, vs. Seattle, 12/3/06 (none). Yards rushing — 10, twice last, at Arizona, 12/17/06 (none). Longest rush — 9, vs. Seattle, 12/3/06 (none). Rushing touchdowns — None (none).


 

CUTLER'S COLLEGIATE STATISTICS

PASSING STATISTICS
STATS ATT COMP PCT YARDS TD YD/ATT YD/CMP INT I/PCT LG GM/AVG
2002 212 103 48.6 1433 10 6.76 13.91 9 4.25 59 130.27
2003 327 187 57.2 2347 18 7.18 12.55 13 3.98 59 195.58
2004 241 147 61.0 1844 10 7.65 12.54 5 2.07 80 167.64
2005 462 273 59.1 3073 21 6.65 11.26 9 1.94 47 279.36
TOTAL 1242 710 57.2 8697 59 7.00 12.25 36 2.90 80 193.27

RUSHING STATISTICS
STATS GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2002 11 11 123 393 3.2 9 61
2003 12 12 115 299 2.6 1 51
2004 11 11 109 349 3.2 6 55
2005 11 11 106 215 2.0 1 55
TOTAL 45 45 453 1256 2.8 17 55

TOTAL OFFENSE
STATS GM PLAYS PASS RUSH YARDS TDR P/AVG GM/AVG
2002 11 335 1433 393 1826 19 5.45 166.00
2003 12 442 2347 299 2646 19 5.99 220.50
2004 11 350 1844 349 2193 16 6.27 199.36
2005 11 568 3073 215 3288 22 5.79 298.91
TOTAL 45 1695 8697 1256 9953 76 5.87 221.18