Having completed the biggest trade of the NFL Draft weekend by acquiring former Cardinals first round pick Josh Rosen Friday night, the Dolphins may have already had an idea of what kind of leadership they were getting with the second-year QB. Well, the last 24 hours have demonstrated that they may be getting an even bigger leader than what they thought.
First, there’s something to be said for Rosen taking the high road during the entire off-season soap opera of whether or not the Cardinals were going to draft Oklahoman Heisman winning quarterback Kyler Murray with the first overall pick.
Not once did Rosen publicly complain that the job that was supposed to be his, was being yanked out from under him after only one season. A season, where Cardinals first-year coach Steve Wilks had fired the offensive coordinator less than halfway into it. Then, Wilks got fired himself and set into motion the hiring of Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury and eventually, the drafting of Murray.
Even even in the previous couple of weeks, where it became increasingly apparent the Kingsbury was in love with Murray and he was going to be the pick, you still never heard Rosen say a disparaging word anywhere, including online, about Arizona or the situation.
And in taking the high road, Rosen was rewarded with a trade to a franchise in South Florida that has been craving somebody to develop into not only the passer but the leader at the offense needs.
And that’s when Rosen gave two more examples of his character and his leadership. First he posted this classy goodbye to the Cardinals organization and fans with predictions of greatness for Murray, too, on Instagram:
That is obviously something he did not have to do, and could have just said nothing when departing.
Still it speaks to maturity and character for the former UCLA star.
Then, on Saturday afternoon Rosen kept his commitment to participate with former teammate and soon-to-be Hall of Fame receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s charity softball event.
Fitzgerald, who’s as iconic as any Cardinal and as any athlete in the “Valley of the Sun,” praised Rosen’s handling of the whole situation on the PA microphone to the crowd prior to Rosen taking part in the softball Home Run Derby.
Take a look at the video, as Rosen got a standing ovation before taking some cuts in the batter’s box:
Josh Rosen gets a standing ovation at #FitzSoftball. He homered his second pitch of the derby. I was told he stayed in town specifically for this. In the time it’s taken me to type this, he’s had six more homers pic.twitter.com/Cgt0x5lO4O
— katherine fitzgerald (@kfitz134) April 28, 2019
Rosen very easily could have “bagged” the softball charity event Saturday night and almost everyone, including Fitzgerald, would have understood under the circumstances of what had transpired the last two days and his being traded.
But, there’s a right way and a wrong way to conduct yourself, and Rosen has obviously gotten great upbringing and representation on: whenever you get the chance to lead and do the right thing, you should do it.
That way, others will unquestionably follow you, because they know you’re of high character and your heart and head are always in the right place for them and for the team.
Rosen may or may not excel in Dolphin colors later this season and broader, for his Miami career.
But no one can question, that even while being “hung out to dry” recently, he’s handled himself with class and demonstrated leadership qualities that have to be very encouraging for the Fins organization and should be for the fans as well.
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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