On Monday, newly-acquired Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen met with the Miami media for the first time, since being obtained in a Friday night trade with his former team the Cardinals for a second round pick. And, once again, Rose and displayed maturity in saying all the right things in his new surroundings.
Here’s his press conference in its entirety:
Dolphins Live: Josh Rosen meets with the media. https://t.co/my5l7nZ83Z
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) April 29, 2019
The South Florida media tried on more than one occasion to get rosin to reproduce some of the quotes he gave this time a year ago when the former UCLA star was bypassed in favor of QBs Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen in the opening round of the NFL Draft.
Rosen at that time made it clear that he wanted to prove what a mistake the Browns, the Jets and the Bills had made. But, as it turned out, his play on the field and the Cardinals play overall, was dismal and it made him expendable with the hiring of Kliff Kingsbury in Arizona.
When Rosen was reminded Monday of his comments a year ago, but responded,
“I’d like to give you the quote that you want, but, ….for the most part, I’m going day by day…. I think I am a good quarterback and I think I am a good leader.”
Even though his record was 3-10 last year as a starter with only a 55% completion percentage and 11 touchdowns vs. 14 interceptions, there is serious upside on Rosen and contractual benefit to Miami for the trade.
His deal averages out at 2.1 million per season through 2020 one and only 2.9 Million for the final year. Miami will also get the fifth year option on rosen’s rookie deal which is valued at $17.6 million for 2022.
Further, when Rosen was asked Monday about becoming the type of franchise quarterback that the Dolphins have been searching for for 20 years since the retirement of legend Dan Marino, he again did not take the bait:
“I think I heard that I was going to get that question. Hopefully, I can follow in some semblance of his massive footsteps.
So, Monday’s approach with his new team was much like what we wrote about Sunday showing class and leadership despite the Cardinals “cold shoulder” of the last few months.
Clearly, he’s learned and matured just from last season that talking isn’t going to get it done.
Rosen did relay Monday that he has only met coach Brian Flores and new offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea, who both were Patriot assistants last year, when he got to Miami for the first time this weekend.
He also told the Miami media that the Patriots never met with him prior to the draft a year ago. And, that would be logical with Hall of Famer Tom Brady still being at the controls and New England not being interested in picking the quarterback in the opening round in 2018
There was a quick moment of honesty from Rosen when being asked about “the chip on his shoulder” getting bigger,
“I don’t think the chip on my shoulder has got to grow anymore. (Smiling) I think it might tip over.”
Indeed, Rosen knows he needs to get to work and a new surrounding with a new play-caller and a new system.
However, most importantly for him, is the new opportunity to become a star in the NFL.
What to watch Thursday Dolphins-Jags third preseason game
Week three of the preseason is already here as the Jags and the Dolphins get set for their in-state clash tonight at Hard Rock Stadium.
Week three is known to be the “most important” preseason game as the starters will usually play a half of football. And, for the Jags, this will be the first time they will play most of the first-team offense, meanwhile, the Fins have another chance for Josh Rosen and Ryan Fitzpatrick to step up.
Those are just a few of the things we want to watch:
Nick Foles– Of course, Foles is what to watch for tonight. The Jags will be letting the QB out of the cage tonight for the first time. The $88 million-dollar man will look to start his Jaguars career on a positive note. It will be interesting to see how he fares in his first live-action of the season.
Dolphins QBs- Josh Rosen hasn’t done anything to win the job so far in the preseason. He also though has not done anything to lose it either. So, Ryan Fitzpatrick very well could be the starter week 1. While some will argue there is no point in playing the journeyman over the 2nd year guy, Fitpatrick won games last year in Tampa Bay.
The Dolphins though, will play the guy they feel has the best chance to win them games to start this season, and want Rosen to become that guy, eventually. Tonight should show us who that guy will for the Dolphins opener.
Jackonville O-Line and Leonard Fournette– We think this will be the first appearance for the starting running back, as well on the preseason. We know he can be a punishing downhill runner, but new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo wants Fournette more involved in the passing game.
Will they show a little bit of what they have in store for him tonight though is the question? Also, on the O-Line Cam Robinson is back how much will the Jags push him tonight though a few plays, a few series, a quarter or risk his first contact being regular season week one?
Dophins giving up sacks- Last week the Bucs accounted for five sacks (three on Rosen) against the Dolphins in Tampa. This week the Dolphins will face a better unit for a longer time and will need to help keep the QBs on their feet.
Coach Brian Flores even said after the game last week he would like to see Rosen take fewer sacks. If he wants to win the job tonight, he will need help from his O-Line and his own decision making.
Players out- The Jags have announced that nine players won’t be seeing the field tonight among those are WR Marqise Lee and three different tight ends. That means we could see a lot of James O’Shaughnessy at tight end. For the wideouts that means more opportunity for some of the guys like D.J. Chark, Chris Conley and company.
Mistakes- Last week Miami had some drops and a lot of flags thrown on them. Look out for the Dolphins to play a cleaner game tonight. With the starters playing more coach Flores is expecting fewer penalties after getting hit with 13 calls for a loss of 122 yards last week.
Report- Dolphins extending contract of WR Jakeem Grant
The Miami Dolphins have apparently made a move tonight and have locked in return specialist/receiver Jakeem Grant.
NEWS: Source indicates that the Dolphins and Jakeem Grant are close to a 4-year contract extension that keeps him in Miami through 2023. pic.twitter.com/DFhVktm2lD
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) August 21, 2019
The deal is rumored to be a 4-year extension to lock him down in South Beach through the 2023 season.
With a new coaching staff in place in Miami, they have made locking up the 2016 class a priority.
Grant was set to make just $720,000 in the final year of his rookie deal. Beasley did not have terms on the deal, but it’s safe to assume he will be getting a hefty raise. This deal could show the Fins are ready to give Grant a more prominent role in the offense, as well.
Previously, Miami GM Chris Grier has locked up 2016 draft pick Xavien Howard to 5 year, $73 million extension in May. The Dolphins will also look to extend left tackle Laremy Tunsil, as well, and he will likely command in the neighborhood of $12+ million per season to do so.
Grant has been a mainstay as a special team’s player so far in his career. As a return specialist Grant was an all-pro last season. The 16.3 yards-per-return across 14 punt returns in 2018 is a superb mark, as was his 29.7 yards-per return average on kickoffs.
Grant was a sub 4.4 40-yard dash guy coming out of Texas Tech and has made his limited touches count in the NFL. Grant has 34 catches in three NFL seasons, scoring four touchdowns, and averaging 13.9 yards per reception. He and fellow speedy undersized receiver Albert Wilson made a 1-2 “big play punch” early last season, as Miami jumped out to a 3-0 record.
However, Wilson was lost in October for the season with a hip injury. Then, Grant ended up suffering a torn calf muscle and missing the final six games of last year.
Grant has also been on the sidelines so far this preseason with a nagging hamstring injury.
But, he returned to practice Monday, and the Dolphins apparently believe he is back to full health.