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Dolphins seem to be front runner in Josh Rosen trade talks

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The first night of the NFL Draft has come and gone, and the plot has thickened, as it relates to apparently outgoing Cardinals QB Josh Rosen and him possibly ending up with the Dolphins.

First, to no one’s surprise, Arizona went ahead and took Oklahoma Heisman winning quarterback Kyler Murray with the first overall pick. That had been rumored throughout the entire draft process and the Cards pulled the trigger right away Thursday night.

What did surprise most media observers and fans alike is: that Arizona did not go ahead and deal Rosen, when they had to have had the chance, as round one unfolded.

This is especially, with the New York Giants taking quarterback Daniel Jones with the 6th pick and the Washington Redskins ending up taking Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State with the 15th pick. So, there clearly was QB interest.

And a team that was sandwiched in between those QB picks? The Miami Dolphins.

Yes the Fins went with defense, which is not surprising with a defensive-minded new head coach in Brian Flores, and grabbed Clemson defensive end Christian Wilkins. However, that obviously does not address the pressing need that Miami has at quarterback. And there’s no disputing that as of Friday morning still, the only real option they have is long time veteran, Ryan Fitzpatrick.

But, the “buzz” on Friday morning is that the Dolphins appear to be the front runner in trying to acquire Rosen, probably for a second or third-round pick or some combination of picks this year and maybe, next year.

The move makes sense for Miami, because Rosen is much more affordable now with three years remaining on his original Arizona contract. And, Miami would also hold his fifth year option, as he’s a former number 1 pick.

Now, the Fins could obviously still take a strong look at Missouri QB Drew Lock, whom they done a ton of work on and who was not picked in the first round Thursday. And, likewise West Virginia QB Will Grier or Auburn’s Jarret Stidham are possible QB options in the second round and beyond. However, no one in South Florida will be excited by those two names.

Bigger for Miami (and anyone else), Rosen has NFL playing experience already under his belt from 2018, and was a top-10 pick a year ago and apparently available to the first one to make the best offer to Arizona.

Another update is that Rosen must know that his days (maybe hours) as a Cardinal are ending and his social media purge has started:

So what will GM Chris Grier end up doing? That’s a great question.

We do know that Grier and the Dolphins did not take the risk and move up in the 2018 draft to have their shot at drafting  Rosen. But now, they have a rare second opportunity, just one year later, to get their hands on him at a discounted price, if they want him.

It seems that both the Cardinals and the Dolphins need each other on a move like this. But, that doesn’t guarantee that it’s going to get made. Also, is there another team that also has a better offer for Arizona?

And, you must also consider that the Cardinals may have botched this whole situation. Remember that last year they signed both QBs Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon to huge free agent contracts, drafted Rosen, and now, turned around and took a fourth different guy with the first pick the following April.

Now, we are about to find out if Arizona was just being cautious and whether Miami can make a deal?

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Dolphins RB Walton facing potential NFL suspension?

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Dolphins Running Back Mark Walton did not report practice today, but he did report to court to resolve multiple charges from arrests earlier this year. According to Miami-Dade court records, Walton received six months of non-reporting probation Monday as part of a plea deal to resolve his three offseason court cases.

For Walton, the plea deal means he wont have to spend any time in jail for any of his alleged crimes, but we don’t yet know how it will affect his eligibility in the League?

Technically, a player on probation can still be eligible to play regular season games, but in similar previous cases, players have been suspended for one or multiple games due to the NFL personal conduct policy.

The document writes:
“It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. We are all held to a higher standard and must conduct ourselves in a way that is responsible, promotes the values of the NFL, and is lawful.

Players convicted of a crime or subject to a disposition of a criminal proceeding (as defined in this Policy) are subject to discipline. But even if the conduct does not result in a criminal conviction, players found to have engaged in any of the following conduct will be subject to discipline.”

Walton will still be eligible to play on Thursday night, in the Dolphins final preseason game against the Jaguars. But, depending on how quickly NFL officials come up with a suspension, it’s likely that he won’t be starting the regular season with the team.

Walton had five carries for 8 yards and one catch for 12 yards in Friday night’s preseason game against the Bucs. He’s currently battling with Kalen Ballage for playing time in the Miami backfield.

The Dolphins picked Walton up back in May, after the Bengals released him following his third arrest.

We wrote then, Walton’s most recent troubles involved a police chase after authorities in Dade County caught him weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed earlier in March. They eventually chased Walton and discharged a taser.

However, Walton, according to the police report, removed the prongs and continued to run. Miami police found a small amount of marijuana and a legally purchased rifle in his abandoned vehicle.

As we had also written in February, he allegedly got into the dispute with a woman that he did not know at his condo building, and was arrested by the Miami Police Department. The incident occurred in a parking garage after Walton became angry in a dispute about Walton’s car blocking the entrance.

When the woman apparently attempted to record Walton threatening her by using her cell phone, Walton grabbed the phone and struggled with the woman trying to get it back. Walton was taken into custody on a charge of battery.

The former Miami Hurricane was a 4th round pick of the Bengals a year ago who was active for 14 games but only carried the ball 14 times on the season for just 34 yards. He had an additional five catches for 41 yards on the year.

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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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