In a move that fits the pattern of seemingly having no true plan of how to get better and, further being willing to change or get rid of personnel on any whim, coach Brian Flores and the Dolphins have done “a 180 turn,” and will now start second-year quarterback Josh Rosen in Dallas Sunday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 19, 2019
After being adamant for the last three days the team would continue to start veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, even after two dismal games where the Dolphins lost by a combined score of 102 – 10, Flores and the organization have obviously decided that now is the time to see what Rosen can do.
We at F.F.I. called for this move on Monday, as Miami’s offense could be truly no worse than what it has looked like in the losses to Baltimore and the Patriots at home.
And sooner or later you have to give Rosen an extended look to find out, if he has some promise to be a quarterback of the future or at least, part of the mix as a backup etc., for 2020 and 2021.
Clearly, Miami is doing everything they can to lose every possible game they can and get their best draft position in 2020.
To that end, the Dolphins traded 2018 first round pick defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday acquiring their number one pick. This added on to the blockbuster trade of left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills where the Dolphins acquired the Texans number one and number two picks this year and their first round pick next year.
The Dolphins stuck Rosen in Sunday’s disaster with New England with nine minutes to go and trailing 43-0 and he threw 18 passes, completing only seven and also had an INT while being sacked three times. Rosen even managed to roll his ankle, but kept playing, but only in worthless garbage time.
Rosen, who was acquired in an April draft night trade with Arizona, was 3-10 last year as a starter with only a 55% completion percentage and 11 touchdowns vs. 14 interceptions with the Cards.
Now, considerably handicapped on offense without Tunsil and Stills, etc., we will see what the former UCLA first round pick can do against the formidable Cowboys.
Dolphins and Jaguars both on road in our Sunday primer
Two of the three state NFL teams are in action and both on the road for this third Sunday in October. And, for the Jaguars and the Dolphins they are playing what would both be considered winnable games.
First, the Bucs are on the bye week after their poor performance for most of last Sunday’s loss in London to the Panthers. Tampa Bay will look to rest and to reload before playing two more road games in Nashville and Seattle the next two weeks.
As for the teams in action today, the Jags have traveled North to Cincinnati and will play for the first time officially without disgruntled defensive back Jalen Ramsey whom they traded to the L.A. Rams earlier this week. Of course Ramsey had not played the last three games and now almost everyone is in agreement he was purposely using his supposed back injury to stay out of the lineup and force the team to trade him.
Clear evidence of this is: that Ramsey practiced Thursday and Friday in Los Angeles and will apparently be active for their game in Atlanta today.
Meanwhile for his Jacksonville teammates that are left behind, they did not play poorly but were simply beaten by a stronger New Orleans team 13 – 6 a week ago in Jacksonville. For the most part, quarterback Gardner Minshew was contained by the tough Saints defense, but Jacksonville also rose to the occasion only allowing the Saints one touchdown in the contest.
The Jags will look to have running back Leonard Fournette feast on a much easier Cincinnati defense to get themselves rolling and look for pass rushers Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue to get after Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in this one.
For the Dolphins, they came close to pulling off their first win of the season a week ago, as Ryan Fitzpatrick (above) rallied them in the fourth quarter to within 17 – 16 of the Redskins. That is only to have the two-point conversion pass to Kenyan Drake fall in complete handing the Dolphins a fifth straight loss to start the year.
Now in Western New York for the first of two meetings with the Buffalo Bills, the Dolphins have decided to go back to Fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback. This just a week after coach Brian Flores declared the Josh Rosen was going to be the quarterback for the foreseeable future to give him a good look, as to what he could help the Dolphins with this season and beyond.
The “yo-yo games” at quarterback have been going on all season, including Rosen replacing Fitzpatrick in both of his first two starts when the team was wiped out by Baltimore and New England.
Meanwhile the Bills are solid on defense including shutting down Marcus Mariota and the Titans in an upset a couple of weeks ago. Buffalo is led by second-year quarterback and former first-rounder, Josh Allen, who’s is bigger threat with his legs as he is with his arms.
It will not be an easy task for the Dolphins to go get this road win in Buffalo.
Report- Dolphins shopping RB Kenyan Drake
With the Dolphins season spiraling downward and headed for an almost certain 1 – 15 or 0-16 finish, it’s not surprising that Miami is still looking to offload any players of value to other teams. And now, that may involve proven running back Kenyan Drake, who could be on the move before the trading deadline in two weeks.
NFL Network insider, Ian Rapoport, reported Thursday morning that the Dolphins are having conversations with multiple teams about the fourth-year back from Alabama:
Sources: The #Dolphins have had trade conversations with teams centered around RB Kenyan Drake, and the team has indicated they would trade him if the right offer presented itself. Drake, who has had no extension talks with Miami since camp, would welcome a new opportunity.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 17, 2019
Drake was finally going to be given an opportunity in 2019 to be the feature back in Miami’s backfield after having shared time a year ago with veteran Frank Gore and previously, with Jay Ajayi.
However, as it has been well documented, the Miami offense is a disaster under first-year coach Brian Flores, his new offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea and their continued “yo-yo” games with quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen. Miami has only had the lead for a few minutes of one game (Chargers) in their five losses.
The offense has been so bad that Drake has only had 153 yards rushing in 5 games, while averaging 3.7 per carry. He has an additional 19 catches for 137 yards, but has yet to register a touchdown at all this season.
That lack of productivity is more of a byproduct of how bad the scheme and the talent around Drake is, especially when you consider did he had nearly 1,000 yards from scrimmage and nine combined touchdowns rushing and receiving in 2018.
Drake scored one of the most famous TDs in franchise history on the “Miami Miracle” play by taking the final lateral and racing to the end zone, as they defeated the Patriots last December.
As Rappaport points out, Drake is in the final year of his rookie contract and their may be a team or two interested in giving the Dolphins a 6th or 7th round pick for him. Then again, teams may wait Miami out and see, if the Dolphins eventually just release Drake later this season.
Miami started second-year back Mark Walton in the Washington game last weekend, and also has third-year back Kalen Ballage that they could use if Drake is gone.
The former third-round pick out of Alabama does have tremendous versatility, including as a kickoff returner both with the Crimson Tide and in the NFL with the Dolphins. Drake has a career average of 24.9 yards per kickoff return but has only run one back this season for 15 yards.
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