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.
Dolphins gave WR Parker extension- huge raise Friday
The Dolphins have had a mostly awful 2019 season, however, one of the bright spots this year and for their future, has gotten a new deal and a hefty raise.
Former first-round pick WR, DeVante Parker, will be a Dolphin for some time to come after agreeing to a four-year contract extension that could pay him up to $40 million. The deal was first reported by Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, and the Dolphins confirmed Parker agreeing with this video released on social media:
.@DeVanteParker11 is here to stay‼️
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) December 13, 2019
Parker, who was playing on the fifth year option of his original rookie contract will reportedly get $8 million now to sign the deal and will also receive a fully guaranteed salary in 2020.
Parker has been one of the few bright spots for Miami this season totaling 55 receptions for 882 yards and six touchdowns. The yardage and the TD totals are both career highs for the former first-round pick out of Louisville in 2015. He had a breakout performance two weeks ago in Miami’s 37-31 upset of the Eagles. Parker caught a season high 7 passes for 159 yards and two TDs in the win.
Miami and GM Chris Grier had picked up option on Parker’s original four deal which was paying him $5 million for this season. Grier also has the Fins well positioned under the salary cap this year and next year, as Miami rid themselves of high price contracts for players like QB Ryan Tannehill, DE Robert Quinn and WR Kenny Stills.
The Dolphins do not have much else in terms of receiving talent after having traded away #1 receivers, Jarvis Landry and Stills the last two seasons. And then, Miami saw free agent Albert Wilson suffer a hip injury which cut his 2018 season short, and now, Wilson has been injured much of 2019, as well. Miami had high hopes for big-physical rookie free agent WR Preston Williams, but he tore his ACL in a game in October and is now on IR.
Parker is currently in concussion protocol after last week’s 22 – 21 loss against the Jets. He is officially listed as questionable for this weekend’s game with the Giants.
Fantasy Football playoff “start/sit” advice for week 15
Week 15 of the NFL season brings us the semi-finals of fantasy football leagues. If you are still playing congratulations, you’re almost there. If not, well, then you can always play daily fantasy. This week all three in-state teams have some plus matchups to take advantage of.
The Buccaneers will travel to the Lions. The Dolphins are back in the Meadowlands for the Giants, and the Jaguars travel to the Raiders for the final scheduled game in Oakland.
The Bucs will be going up against the Lions weak defense. The Lions rank 29th overall- 30th against the pass and 23rd against the run. QB Jamies Winston has been dealing with a hand injury, and we now know that he will try to play Sunday. In the event that Winston falters, Ryan Griffin will be one throwing to the Bucs receivers.
If Winston can throw mostly normally, then that opens up more opportunities for Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson. With Mike Evans out due to a hamstring injury, someone will have to step up and take those reps. Perriman has become more and more reliable over the weeks, and Watson rose to the occasion last week with his first TD catch. RB Ronald Jones continues to start, but Payton Barber continues to steal important carries. With both splitting, it will be hard to trust either at this point.
The Dolphins will be facing the Giants on the road and their poor defense. The Giants rank 27th overall, 26th against the pass, and 20th against the run. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has been able to keep the Dolphins competitive in a lot of games this season. Last week he failed to find the endzone, but should change that this week against the much worse defense.
The best fantasy player on the team, DeVante Parker, looks to be on track to play in concussion protocol this weekend, but is listed officially as questionable. He and TE Mike Gesicki continue to be the only trustworthy players to play. RB Patrick Laird has had two productive games in a row. If you are running very low on options this week, perhaps he could be a flex option if you’re desperate.
The Jaguars will head to Oakland and will go against another below-average defense. The Raiders rank 28th overall, 28th against the pass, and 15th against the run. The Jags offense has been in a rut over the past few weeks. There is no better time for them to fix that here against the Raiders. Though, they are better against the run, still expect the Jags to run Leonard Fournette 20 times.
D.J. Chark still is yet to practice with a bad ankle, and was ruled out Friday afternoon. That opens up an opportunity for guys like Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley. QB Gardner Minshew will be another quality option to roster in DFS in a game that could end up being high scoring.
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