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Dolphins coach Flores ready for more evaluation

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The Dolphins and head coach Brian Flores be back on the practice field Sunday in Davie and as they look ahead to a week of work in Tampa Bay with their in-state rival, the Buccaneers.

And, among a list of improvements needed, the first year coach knows that his quarterback competition will heat up some more.

Flores talked with the media Saturday after evaluating the film of the Fins 34 – 27 opening preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons Thursday night at Hard Rock Stadium. And in specific, what it came to second-year quarterback Josh Rosen, he knows there are things that must improve, as soon as possible.

We wrote about Rosen doing some good and some bad in the Thursday opener, that included him leading a touchdown drive on his first possession, but also throwing an awful interception later in the second quarter.

Of Course, 15 year veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick knows the Buccaneers very well, as he was the backup and part-time starter the last two seasons in Tampa Bay before signing a two-year free-agent deal to come to Miami. The Bucs hired Bruce Arians this past off season and their defense has undergone a complete scheme overhaul to a 3-4 under Todd Bowles.

It’s expected that Fitzpatrick will play most of the first quarter in Friday night’s game, but Flores and his offense of coordinator Chad O’Shea, could adjust that and send Josh Rosen out with the first unit. However, Flores reiterated to the media that he got a good evaluation of Rosen even with second team against second team Thursday.

“All you can do is control what you can control. … Whether you’re first team or second team, I want to see how guys respond and work their techniques, wherever they’re at. … I think the best players will play.”

Still, everyone knows Flores rather see Rosen some behind the first team offensive line, and that includes when they practice mid-week in Tampa.

The Dolphins will also continue to evaluate the running back and linebacker situations, as two areas of competition with young players, who want to earn more playing time in Friday’s second game.

Miami will come to the Buccaneers facility for practices Tuesday and Wednesday with the Buccaneers, who have been their longest standing preseason opponent.

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Dolphins will go back to veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

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The Miami Dolphins continue their ongoing evaluation of whom will start the season at quarterback between veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and second-year newly acquired, Josh Rosen. And on Monday morning, coach Brian Flores announced that after Rosen had started game two last Friday night in Tampa, Fitzpatrick will be back under center to begin the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars this Thursday.

Flores met with a media prior to the Dolphins latest workout on Monday but also said not to read too much into the latest QB switch:

Miami started Rosen against the Buccaneers, whom they acquired from the Arizona Cardinals in a draft weekend trade. And, as we wrote, he was largely ineffective for most of Friday night’s first half that he played.

The final stat line read 10-18 102 yards 0 TD and 0 INT, which indicates an average half of football.

And, yes there were damp conditions from pregame rain in Tampa, but Rosen on multiple occasions threw behind or low towards receivers that were open for possible gains. He was also jittery against the Bucs occasional blitz package from new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Rosen was sacked three times and knocked down several others.

A key moment of scrutiny was when Rosen was unable to get the team in the end zone after they got outstanding field position on a Buccaneers 31 yard line midway through the first after fumble buy backup running back Andre Ellington. The Fins moved inside the 10, but Tampa Bay held Miami on fourth down, where Rosen threw incomplete in the right corner of the end zone to backup receiver Isaiah Ford and Miami came away with no points.

While Flores tried to make it clear that the media and fans should not read too much into going back to Fitzpatrick as an indication on who will be the opening day starter, it will likely be the veteran when Miami hosts the Baltimore Ravens on September 8th.

Miami obviously knows what they have in the 15-year veteran Fitzpatrick, who started the first three games of last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And he led them to two victories and was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for both of the first to win in 2018.

However, just because Fitzpatrick starts the Jaguars game Thursday night, doesn’t mean Rosen won’t play in the first half with the first team to get another look for new offensive coordinator, Chad O’Shea.

The game Thursday night will also be televised nationally by Fox and the Jaguars are expected to play their starters throughout the first half, and perhap,  into the early part of the third quarter.

That will give Fitzpatrick and maybe, Rosen,  ample opportunity to see what they can do against a quality defense.

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Dolphins QB Rosen did little Friday night to win starting job

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The ongoing battle for who will start the Dolphins season at quarterback took another interesting turn in Friday night’s preseason game with the Buccaneers. However, the current backup, second-year player Josh Rosen, did little to help his case to unseat veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.

New head coach Brian Flores and his offensive coordinator, Chad O’Shea, obviously challenged Rosen by having him start with the first team and play the entire first half in last night’s second preseason game.

Unfortunately, for Rosen and the coaching staff, he did a little to impress and at times, showed the same shaky quarterback play and bad throws that he did during a mostly dismal rookie season in Arizona. The final stat line read 10-18 102 yards 0 TD and 0 INT, which indicates average half of football.

And, yes there were damp conditions from pregame rain, but Rosen on multiple occasions threw behind or low towards receivers that were open for possible gains. He was also jittery against the Bucs occasional blitz package from new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Rosen was sacked three times and knocked down several others.

A key moment of scrutiny was when Rosen was unable to get the team in the end zone after they got outstanding field position on a Buccaneers 31 yard line midway through the first after fumble buy backup running back Andre Ellington. The Fins moved inside the 10, but Tampa Bay held Miami on fourth down, where Rosen threw incomplete in the right corner of the end zone to backup receiver Isaiah Ford and Miami came away with no points.

Later in the first half Rosen should have thrown an interception, as he threw the ball right to Bucs rookie defensive back Jamel Dean after throwing late and behind a receiver on the near sideline. However, Dean dropped the INT. Still, Miami punted shortly after.

Coach Brian Flores said after the joint practices with the Bucs this week that Rosen needed to “improve his body language” and leading the team.

Yet, while this was a dress rehearsal, he did little to inspire the Dolphins offense, which only managed 2 field goals even with great field position throughout the first half.

There will still be more opportunity for Rosen in the final two preseason games, and perhaps he will be better.

Better than he was Friday night.

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