Latest On Dolphins’ QB Competition

Less than a week ago, we learned that Ryan Fitzpatrick was decisively winning the Dolphins’ starting quarterback competition. Now, though, the race has tightened considerably, and Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald says that Josh Rosen may find himself at the top of the depth chart when the team returns to practice Monday.

Beasley notes that Rosen has shown improvement over the past week, while Fitzpatrick has stumbled a bit. On Saturday, Fitzpatrick threw two interceptions and nearly threw a third, and after the second pick, head coach Brian Flores sent in Rosen to work with the first-team offense, which has not happened often. Rosen responded by engineering a touchdown drive that included several excellent throws.

Flores, who was the one who declared Fitzpatrick the frontrunner on Tuesday, walked back his comments a bit on Saturday. He said, “I know I said [Fitzpatrick] was leading the way the other day, but let’s be clear there’s still a lot competition and a lot of time left. Today is a big day to showcase the improvement guys have made.”

When asked specifically about Rosen, Flores added, “[h]e’s made some improvement really across the board. It’s things a lot of people don’t see. Better footwork, better mechanics in the pocket, better decision-making.”

The Dolphins would probably like to see Rosen take the reins, as he was a first-round draft choice last year and has a legitimate chance of becoming the team’s QB of the future. Fitzpatrick, on the other hand, is in the twilight of his career and is almost certainly not going to be a part of the next competitive Miami team.

So as we head into the first week of preseason games, the race is suddenly too close to call.

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    • Yeah, big surprise that a vet who bounced around a lot would pick up an offense a little quicker than a young QB.

  1. bradthebluefish
    bradthebluefish

    Never fully understood adding Fitzpatrick. Yes, he’s a veteran QB who can start. But that’s not needed in a rebuild. Just need a cheap veteran.

    • SouthsideSlugger

      It was a stopgap type deal, at that time they didn’t have Rosen or anyone else worth starting.

    • Pigskin 101

      playing a qb when they were not ready is what got us into this mess in the first place (tannehill)
      Miami team sucks let fitz get sacked behind our paper thin o-line
      let Rosen sit and learn hasn’t anyone learned anything from Tannehill experience

  2. Pigskin 101

    I hate to break everyone’s bubble but Miami sucks it wouldn’t matter if Brady was under center.
    #finsup

  3. crosseyedlemon

    “Fitzpatrick, on the other hand, is in the twilight of his career and is almost certainly not going to be a part of the next competitive Miami team.”

    …which is expected to appear when Rosen is in the twilight of his career.

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