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Rosen Dolphins debut had good and bad moments

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As is the case most of the time in the preseason, there was some good and some bad for the Dolphins, as a whole, and specifically, for new backup quarterback, Josh Rosen.

The former first-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals last year has been brought in to see, if he is a viable long-term option for Miami. And, Thursday night at Hard Rock Stadium was a mix showing some promise and some negatives that everyone saw last year with the Cards.

First, veteran starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick led an opening drive for a field goal on the Dolphins first possession of the preseason. And clearly, for now, Miami is going to leave him, as the guy to run the first-team offense until Rosen is able to significantly step up.

Rosen took over third position early in the second quarter and promptly led a nine-play 71-yard drive for a touchdown. That included three defensive penalties on the Falcons to help the Fins offense.

Rookie undrafted wide receiver Preston Wilson also made a couple of outstanding catches for Rosen as the night went on:

Rosen finished with 13 completions out of 20 attempts without a touchdown and did have one awful interception later in the second quarter. He threw late over the middle and had the ball picked off by Atlanta linebacker Jermaine Grace.

Rosen said of the interception, “The pick was pretty bad. “There was some good, some bad and everything in between.”

And on the night as a whole, Rosen was victimized by poor pass protection at times and was hit and/or knocked down six times in the one quarter he played. He said afterwards that he needs to improve more on his decision making when under pressure,

“I’ve been kinda battling that my whole career. I’ve gotta find that balance of knowing when to kinda ‘push the edge’ (risk) and when to just take the sack and live to play another day.”

The bottom line is: new head coach Brian Flores and his offensive coordinator, Chad O’Shea, want to see Rosen be better over the next couple of preseason games and challenge Fitzpatrick.

And, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if Flores gives his young second stringer the start with better personnel,  potentially in the second or the third preseason game to see what he can do.

For now, it’s just an opening August game, and there’s much more to improve upon, including for the backup QB.

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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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Dolphins QB Rosen did little Friday night to win starting job

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The ongoing battle for who will start the Dolphins season at quarterback took another interesting turn in Friday night’s preseason game with the Buccaneers. However, the current backup, second-year player Josh Rosen, did little to help his case to unseat veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.

New head coach Brian Flores and his offensive coordinator, Chad O’Shea, obviously challenged Rosen by having him start with the first team and play the entire first half in last night’s second preseason game.

Unfortunately, for Rosen and the coaching staff, he did a little to impress and at times, showed the same shaky quarterback play and bad throws that he did during a mostly dismal rookie season in Arizona. The final stat line read 10-18 102 yards 0 TD and 0 INT, which indicates average half of football.

And, yes there were damp conditions from pregame rain, 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.

Later in the first half Rosen should have thrown an interception, as he threw the ball right to Bucs rookie defensive back Jamel Dean after throwing late and behind a receiver on the near sideline. However, Dean dropped the INT. Still, Miami punted shortly after.

Coach Brian Flores said after the joint practices with the Bucs this week that Rosen needed to “improve his body language” and leading the team.

Yet, while this was a dress rehearsal, he did little to inspire the Dolphins offense, which only managed 2 field goals even with great field position throughout the first half.

There will still be more opportunity for Rosen in the final two preseason games, and perhaps he will be better.

Better than he was Friday night.

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