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Miami Dolphins Begin OTA Practices

Alex Donno
May 15, 2019 - 3:14 pm

The Miami Dolphins' quarterback competition has officially begun. 

The team took to the field this week for voluntary OTA practices in Davie, where the media got their first look at Josh Rosen and Ryan Fitzpatrick. 

Anything that happens on the field in mid-May should be taken with a gigantic grain of salt, but so far, the advantage goes to Fitzpatrick. 

Remember that grain of salt we talked about? Good. 

The competition won't really heat up until training camp gets underway in late July. OTA's are about getting in shape, getting a feel for the way practices are run (in the Dolphins' case, with new coaches), and getting acquainted with new teammates. 

But what happens in Fitzpatrick keeps out-playing Rosen well into training camp and preseason? 

This could create a dilemma for head coach Brian Flores and his staff. In the long term, it's far more beneficial to the team if Rosen starts as many games as possible during the regular season. Not only do you want him to grow into the starting quarterback role, but you'd also like to evaluate him fully before the 2020 draft. 

However, you really can't start him over Fitzpatrick, in my opinion, if he's far worse than Fitz in training camp. Flores can't to send the message to the rest of his players that not every starting job needs to be earned. 

If Rosen is better, or if things are equal, you start Rosen week one. If it doesn't play out that way, things could get very interesting. 

Meanwhile, the only Dolphin not present at voluntary OTA's was safety Reshad Jones. 

Jones has opted to work out on his own, and Flores says he expects him to show up when mandatory minicamp begins. 

At 31 years old, there's some speculation that Jones might want out of Miami, rather than have to sit through a long rebuilding process. However, we don't have any concrete evidence that he's looking to be traded.