By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303
As I sat in Raymond James Stadium, it was announced that Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen would be getting the start. This wasn’t really much of a surprise since Rosen took the majority of the first-team snaps in practice this week. This was the moment Dolphins fans had been waiting for. With the return of Laremy Tunsil at left tackle, Josh Rosen got his first extended play running with the first-team offensive line.
The first half went fairly well for Rosen, who drove the Dolphins to a first and goal, only to come up short on fourth and goal. Rosen seemed to work well out of a clean pocket, but you could see some growing pains with several balls being thrown low and short, including one to wide receiver Isaiah Ford that should have been a touchdown. To his credit, a couple of his passes were flat out drops by WRs Preston Williams and Kenny Stills.
When asked about his first-half thoughts regarding Rosen’s play, Dolphins head coach Brian Flores had this to say: “I thought he played well, made some good decisions out there. I would like to not see him take as many sacks; but I thought he threw the ball well, had some drops – that didn’t help him. But I thought overall, he played well.”
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) August 9, 2019
Josh Rosen’s night ended 10 of 18 for 102 yards, no interceptions, no touchdowns and was sacked 3 times. His quarterback rating 72.0.
After the game, Josh Rosen met with the media. He graded his performance as “OK”. He knew he left a couple throws out on the field. One play, in particular, that Rosen was asked about, was a near interception that was dropped. Asked if there was a miscommunication on the play, Rosen said it was just a bad pass on his part. He seemed to own his mistakes.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick would only see a quarter of action. He started the 3rd quarter behind a second-tier offensive line. Fitzpatrick only managed to throw for 20 yards and went 3 of 7, giving way to QB Jake Rudock at the start of the fourth quarter.
During his post-game press conference, Flores said that Fitzpatrick will get the start for game 3 against the Jaguars.
When asked what needs to happen next for the team to get to the next level. Fitzpatrick replied “I think we’ll game plan a little bit more. We’ll try and get in some situational stuff. We’ll really fine-tune it for the Jaguars. So, hopefully, with the focus, we put throughout the week in practice and everything we’ll have a nice plan and be able to go out and execute a little bit better than we did tonight.”
So with two preseason games in the books, has Rosen improved enough for this coaching staff to consider him a day one starter? Right now it’s still an open competition, with Flores saying the best guy will be out on that field day one.
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