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Dolphins “QB circus” continues with claiming Bryce Petty

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Say this for the Dolphins, they have remained consistent with their actions on finding a quarterback solution: they continually keep you guessing (and maybe, themselves), as to whether they really have a plan.

The latest is word Friday afternoon that the Fins have claimed former New York Jets QB Bryce Petty off waivers just a day after their AFC East rival jettisoned him.

Petty a fourth round pick three years ago, was set to enter the final year of his rookie deal with the Jets. However, after they re-signed veteran and last year’s starter Josh McCown, brought in veteran Teddy Bridgewater on a one year free agent deal and then, drafted USC’s Sam Darnold with the third overall pick, Petty was expendable.

Here’s the update Friday evening from the NFL Network:

Petty did not play in a game his rookie year (2015), has 7 career starts in the next two years with four career TD passes, 10 interceptions and a dismal 57.7 QBR. So, needless to say, he doesn’t spark enthusiasm with this signing.

Also, because the Fins claimed him Friday, they inherit his $705,000 base salary on the cap. He doesn’t have a guarantee to make the roster this season, but will be given the chance to compete.

Again, this is the latest example that Miami doesn’t seem to have a clear plan at quarterback or at the minimum, is willing to grab any option. They previously signed veteran Brock Osweiler in March to back up starter Ryan Tannehill. Osweiler has some familiarity with coach Adam Gase’s offense from a season that they were together in Denver.

Still, as we wrote last Friday after the draft, the Fins swung and missed trying to trade up for one of the four prized QB’s in the opening round of the 2018 draft. While their other division rival, the Bills, and the Cardinals both made deals to trade into the top 10, Miami couldn’t get it done after months of actively scouting and meeting with the prospects.

The Dolphins also chose not to take a QB in the later rounds of this drive either.

So, now they turn to another QB, Petty, who doesn’t cost much and has a little experience, but also a knock of having to start from scratch in his pro career. This is after high school ball in Texas and college ball at Baylor, where he did not operate out of much of play book at either level.

Again, Dolphins fans have to be confused at this point as to if or what the plan is, especially if Tannehill, who is coming off ACL surgery, isn’t effective.

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