Report: Ryan Fitzpatrick stands out in Miami OTAs, so far

AP

The new-look Dolphins have a new coaching staff and new quarterbacks. During this year’s OTAs, the new quarterbacks are looking better than last year’s collection of throwers.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald breaks down the early performances of veteran newcomer Ryan Fitzpatrick and second-year newcomer Josh Rosen.

Citing an unnamed player who for obvious reasons didn’t want to speak publicly, Jackson writes that “Fitzpatrick has been the best of the quarterbacks so far,”  but that Rosen “also has played well.”

Fitzpatrick, per Jackson, has looked particularly good when throwing the ball deep (which he did effectively for Tampa Bay in 2018). Rosen has been effective “in the middle of the field.”

The competition at quarterback supposedly is open, but at some point the Dolphins need to see what Rosen can do in order to determine whether he’s the long-term answer, or whether they need to keep looking for the true franchise quarterback that the franchise has lacked since Dan Marino retired 20 years ago.

34 responses to “Report: Ryan Fitzpatrick stands out in Miami OTAs, so far

  1. It’s a long season … perhaps extra long in Miami this year.

    Plenty of time for Rosen to play … it doesn’t have to be week one.

    Perhaps he would be better suited (tennis anyone?) watching “The Bearded One” for a few games … headset on, running each play in his head, and then watching the entire play unfold. Might help him grow a little faster as the future QB …

  2. If he’s standing out as their best option you know they are in trouble……😂😂

  3. The fact that a 36 year old career back up who went viral this offseason for being out of shape is performing better than Josh Rosen, Highlights why the Cardinals took another QB this year after trading up to take Rosen in the top 10 last season.

    Then again. Trading up to take Rosen was a major mistake.

    Yet Kiem’s career as a GM keeps on ticking. Despite his binge drinking.

  4. Im beginning to think that maybe Fitz will solve the Rosen question. He has no intention of being a clipboard holder. however the talent level miami has will probably doom them at a 1-7, 2-6 start. halfway through the season, Fitz will be holding the clipboard while imparting some sage wisdom and watching Rosen get pummeled. good luck Josh, you’re gonna need it.

  5. Fitzpatrick has always been a very entertaining and often productive QB. He’s also always been a guy that you hope makes more plays for your team than he does for your opponent.

  6. It’s what Fitztragic does…look “good” early in pre-seasons, in games, in seasons; then fades (read:numerous INTs) down the stretch, when it counts, either late in games, or late in a seasons.
    He’s made a living almost getting there. Now look out…it’s late in his career, yikes!

  7. Fitzpatrick has been in Miami since mid-March and Rosen just got there a couple of weeks ago. So Fitz should be ahead of Rosen at this point.

  8. What is anyone surprised by this? Other articles locally have mentioned how Fitz has run a similar offensive scheme in the past given all of his experience so that alone has him ahead of everyone else that is practicing. Fitz is ahead for obvious reasons as experience counts along with him being talented. Eventually, he fades during the season but a great QB to have as a backup. Once Rosen has learned the system and is more acclimated to his teammates, then we’ll see what he can do. So far, it’s what most folks here expected from both at this early stage.

  9. I would rather watch fitzpatrick throw 5 ints than have to watch another tannehill game where he throws for under 100 yards..

  10. fins1031 says:
    May 25, 2019 at 9:42 am
    I would rather watch fitzpatrick throw 5 ints than have to watch another tannehill game where he throws for under 100 yards..
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I bet you think that happened a lot, huh?
    2013 loss to Bills
    2015 Win against Ravens
    2017 Win against Titans…no, wait…that was Cutler
    2018 blowout loss to Vikings (9 sacks and he didn’t even get 2 full seconds to throw if you timed the slo-mo replays)

    I’m not saying he was great but way too many dolphins fans believe stuff they made up in their own heads. That said, it was time to move on but let’s not pretend that Fitz or Rosen are any better right now than Tannehill would have been at this point.

  11. Fitzpatrick always looks good in OTA’s & Training Camp. He starts the year off, has several excellent games and then completely loses momentum. Why that is no one knows… He’s just… The Amish Rifle.

  12. @therealraider

    Fitzpatrick isn’t a franchise qb but he’s also not a career backup. Since getting the job in cincinatti over the last 11 seasons and 6 teams Fitz has started 123 games so hes averaging just over 11 starts per year. That’s what you call a journeyman not a career backup.

  13. Groan. Try to remember Rosen is still only 22. Flores & O’Shea come from a New England where even JimmyG was put through a 3yr program. And they may be treating Rosen as a rookie in part to undo any mistakes the Cards built into him. When they hired Fitzmagic I expected he’d start – maybe all year long. I did sadly expect all the naysayers to come charging out their blocks if Rosen wasn’t starting week 1, but here they already are in OTAs!

  14. @finsfan68

    Tannehill was AWFUL. Season average last year anout 180 yards per game. 2 games under 110 yards.. pathetic

  15. I would take a Fitzpatrick who has been up and down in his career over Rosen, who hasn’t even shown a flash of promise at all. You know, first time starters usually see some success before they get “figured out” and the question is whether they can continue to adapt and evolve as the league gameplans against you. Rosen hasn’t even given opponents anything to gameplan for because he hasn’t done anything well.

  16. Rosen hasn’t done anything well? He took 45 sacks last year. OK, not as impressive Watson’s 62, but still I’d at least give him a “Well Done”; & maybe a hand shake as well..

  17. stexan says:
    May 25, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Rosen hasn’t done anything well? He took 45 sacks last year. OK, not as impressive Watson’s 62, but still I’d at least give him a “Well Done”; & maybe a hand shake as well..

    —————

    Sure, sure. There’s no end to the excuses when a guy doesn’t succeed. It’s always, “bad o-line” or “no talent around him” or “switched coordinator a dozen times”. At the end of the day, great qbs succeed. That’s the bottom line. Rosen didn’t show a single ounce of promise. Could he turn it around? I suppose. But history does not favor guys who perform that poorly and suddenly turn into HoFers.

    If you want to talk about sack counts, David Carr probably was sacked more than anyone in history and I’m pretty sure no one rushed to put him in Canton or even a Pro Bowl. All the excuses in the world won’t turn a bad QB into a great one.

  18. “The fact that a 36 year old career back up who went viral this offseason for being out of shape is performing better than Josh Rosen, Highlights why the Cardinals took another QB this year after trading up to take Rosen in the top 10 last season.”
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    Not really. But the fact that you are taking this article seriously is concerning.
    Couple of things:
    1. There have been exactly two practices open to the press. Two non-contact unpadded practices.
    2. I read Barry Jackson and he did not say Fitzpatrick outplayed Rosen. Jackson states that Fit threw two interceptions in the last practice and had several passes defended in the red zone. But he does state that Fitz threw a perfect 70 yard pass.
    3. Fitzpatrick outplayed a bunch of people in the NFL last year. His passer rating of 101 was better than the passer ratings of Luck, Brady, Rodgers, Big Ben, Mayfield and every other rookie QB.
    I expect Rosen to catch up and believe he will be the starter on week one. But it will be a true competition and the fact that Fitzpatrick in his 15th season outplays Rosen does not mean that Rosen is a bust.

  19. gllmiaspr says:
    May 25, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    I expect Rosen to catch up and believe he will be the starter on week one. But it will be a true competition and the fact that Fitzpatrick in his 15th season outplays Rosen does not mean that Rosen is a bust.

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    While it’s still early yet to put the nail in the coffin, having a team dump their first round QB so they can burn another first rounder on a QB puts you in bust-watch territory. If Rosen had lit things up in Arizona, he wouldn’t have been discarded for an unknown commodity.

  20. fins1031 says:
    May 25, 2019 at 11:44 am
    @finsfan68

    Tannehill was AWFUL. Season average last year anout 180 yards per game. 2 games under 110 yards.. pathetic
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Yes, he was bad last year. So was almost everybody else. It surely didn’t help when just about every receiver went down close to the same time right after the o-line imploded again. I had high hopes for Gase but he made questionable decisions every single game. Again, Tannehill played very poorly but this team lacked talent in quality back-ups and they still do. I’m just saying it was not all Tannehill and thinking Fitz or Rosen is going to make a difference is a bit much. Maybe the new staff can get more out of the players but IMHO there are 5 or 6 guys on the entire roster that I would consider keeping. Too many fans lay all the blame on Tannehill

  21. There is ZERO pressure for Flores & Co. to win this season.

    They come from an organization that has a formula to win, and part of that is to not rush things. That includes the QB position.

    The FO signed Fitzpatrick knowing his reputation and streaky performance. He’s meant to be a short term solution and mentor.
    Yes, the QB starting job is “open”, and Rosen has plenty of opportunities to win that job Monday through Saturday in the film room, meetings, OTAs, practices, drills and preseason games.
    If he doesn’t outshone Fitzcakeface in those areas, there’s no reason to believe he will outperform him on game day.

  22. I didn’t realize Fitzpatrick was with the Dolphins. I’m pretty sure he’s played for all 32 teams now.

  23. There’s a long and storied history of rookie QBs being terrible and rebounding to have successful careers so when people say ridiculous things like ” But history does not favor guys who perform that poorly and suddenly turn into HoFers”, see Payton Manning, Troy Aikman, Brett Favre among many, many others who were just terrible in their rookie year and are now Hall of Famers. Also Drew Brees who had a horrendous first couple of years only to bounce back just in time to get bounced out of San Diego when they drafted Rivers. Not saying Rosen is any of those guys but he could be and anyone who says they know for sure is a self important clown.

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