The Dolphins concluded their off season work on Thursday and one battle that has obviously taken shape for training camp in July is which quarterback will backup Ryan Tannehill?
And while the team spent time addressing the position by bringing in former Broncos and Texans QB Brock Osweiler in March, and then claimed former Jets reserve signal caller Bryce Petty in May off waivers, it’s a back up from 2017 that is getting attention in June.
David Fales, a former undrafted player from San Jose State, who actually played significantly in the Miami season finale’ last year, has gotten reps with the second team and is making the most of it.
Sun Sentinel Fins beat writer Omar Kelly chronicled how Fales has looked so far in this Thursday item:
Quarterback David Fales is pushing to become Dolphins' top backup https://t.co/kIqCPP1wBd
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) June 15, 2018
As Kelly wrote about Fales chances, there are things coach Adam Gase and the Dolphins brass impress them:
What Gase likes about Fales, who owns a 79.1 passer rating for the four seasons he’s spent in the NFL, is that he makes quick decisions and throws with accuracy.
While Gase has a favorable opinion of Osweiler, earlier this spring he admitted Miami’s front-office executives had to convince him to sign Osweiler, who spent the first three years of his career working under Gase in Denver, where Gase served as the quarterback coach and offensive coordinator.
The likelihood is Osweiler will eventually become the backup. After all, he not only has the most starting experience of any of the backups to Ryan Tannehill, he actually quarterbacked Denver in a 2015 playoff run and in January post season games that year.
Still, Fales is the perfect fit in terms of having some experience, including two years with Gase’s system in Miami, and not costing very much under the cap ($880,000).
You would believe at this point that the guy with the toughest challenge to stick is Petty, but Gase wants competition everywhere and he will get it come July and the valuable second halves of preseason games between his back QBs.
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