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Early on it’s Ryan Fitzpatrick’s QB job in Miami

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With the understanding it is way early in the process, it’s now apparent that the preference for Miami new head coach Brian Flores and his  offensive coordinator, Chad O’Shea, is it the dolphins be led by veteran QB, Ryan Fitzpatrick.

And at the Dolphins first day of mandatory mini-camp on Tuesday, Fitzpatrick was once again taking most of the first-team reps:

And as has been the case throughout the last few weeks, the Dolphins are relying on the longtime veteran as they are installing O’Shea’s offense and preparing eventually training camp and the preseason.

Many believe that former Arizona Cardinals number one pick Josh Rosen, whom the Dolphins acquired in April will eventually be the quarterback at Miami will turn to. And again, that could happen as soon as the preseason unfolds or to begin the regular season in September. But, for now, the 15-year veteran Fitzpatrick  seems to have more of a command of what Miami wants to do, offensively.

Fitzpatrick was the on-again-off-again starter in Tampa Bay for the Bucs the last two seasons, including his spectacular first two weeks a year ago. That’s when he was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week back to back by throwing for 400+ yards in wins over the Saints and the Eagles.

Miami landed Fitzpatrick is a free agent on a two-year deal in March, but clearly they have been and continue to search for a quarterback for the long-term future. And in this case with acquiring Rosen, Fitzpatrick will be an excellent resource to help in his development this season and beyond.

Still, for weapons like receiver Kenny Stills, second year tight end Mike Gesicki, and running back Kenyan Drake, they are searching for a leader of the offense. And that’s something that Fitzpatrick, who’s started 126 games for seven different teams in his previous 14 seasons, can bring.

Again, it’s early. And, these are only workouts against yourselves.

And, further, it’s likely that the Fins want to challenge Rosen to take the job this fall. But, until he does, the “Fitzmagic” that he worked in Tampa Bay, New York, Buffalo and elsewhere is on display in South Florida.

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