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Ryan Fitzpatrick Leads the Dolphins QB Race

Alex Donno
July 31, 2019 - 3:13 pm

The Miami Dolphins quarterback competition features a 36 year old journeyman and a 22 year old former top 10 pick. 

Advantage journeyman. 

Throughout the first week of training camp, Ryan Fitzpatrick has looked soundly in the lead over Josh Rosen. His passing accuracy and understanding of the offense have stood out. 

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores confirmed this in his Tuesday news conference. 

"It’s pretty clear to me that Ryan Fitzpatrick is leading the way," Flores said. "I think he’s done that in a lot of areas from leadership to production on the field, in the meeting rooms, in the walkthroughs. I think this is an ongoing competition but right now, I’d say he’s leading the way.”

I expect Flores had a reason for being so candid. He could have easily said something cliche like, "these guys are competing every day, and we'll let the best man win," and leave it at that. Instead, he made it very clear where things stand. If his comments motivate Josh Rosen to bring his game up a notch to close the gap with Fitz, it's mission accomplished. 

“He’s been more productive," said Flores of Rosen. "I think at the end of the day, that’s what it comes down to. I think he runs the offense very efficiently. He has a great rapport with the entire team. He has some leadership – not some, a lot of leadership ability. We need that to continue. We need him to grow in that role. We need all of the quarterbacks to grow and improve and get better. Like I said, it’s still a competition. Every day is a competition. I think they all know that. But as we stand today, I think Ryan has done a really good job and hopefully he continues to improve and is consistent. That will help this team, for sure.”

If Rosen can't beat out a career backup like Fitzpatrick, that's a good sign that he won't be a franchise quarterback in Miami.