Dolphins Wrap Up Preseason With Backup Quarterback Decision Looming

Alex Donno
August 30, 2018 - 10:57 am

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Few, if any, Miami Dolphins starters will take the field in tonight's preseason finale against the Atlanta Falcons. The spotlight will be on the backups, and the players fighting to make the 53-man roster. 

It's been a close, but at times underwhelming, competition between David Fales and Brock Osweiler for the backup quarterback job. They've alternated second-team reps throughout the preseason and training camp. Their preseason stats are similar. Osweiler is 25 for 41 for 174 yards while Fales is 14 for 27 for 184 yards. Neither has thrown a touchdown pass. Fales has thrown two interceptions to Osweiler's one. 

On Monday, Dolphins head coach Adam Gase was asked if Thursday Night's game could be a winner-take-all scenario for Fales and Osweiler.

“I don’t know if I’m looking at it like that. We haven’t even really said, ‘This is how many we’re keeping.’ If we keep three, then those two guys keep battling it out for however long we go. If we make a decision and we say we’re going to keep two, then does it really matter if it was this game that was winner take all? We’re going to look at all the information and we’re going to keep talking through this. I just want those guys to focus on what they’re trying to do right now, which is get ready for Atlanta and we’ll figure all that out next week.”

The idea of keeping three quarterbacks on the final roster seems unlikely, but could be a temporary solution to buying time for a longer competition between the two. 

Both quarterbacks are keeping an open mind to the situation. Osweiler was asked if his experience could be the deciding factor. Osweiler has attempted 900 passes more than Fales has in his career.

“You would have to ask the coaching staff that question," said Osweiler." It’s not really up to me to make that decision of where I sit on the depth chart. It’s just up to me to each day compete on the practice field, to work hard in the meeting rooms and really just be the best quarterback and teammate I can be.”

Fales was asked if he feels everything is on the line in the final preseason game. “You can’t put pressure on one game," he said. "It’s a group of games and camp, so I’m approaching it the same way I did the last three weeks.”

He's right about not putting all the pressure on one game. Adam Gase and his staff have had more than a month of practices to watch both quarterbacks, in addition to the preseason games. The decision should and will come down to the full body of work, with tonight's matchup with the Falcons as just another piece of the pie. 

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