Brian Flores revealed who is winning the quarterback battle early in Dolphins training camp.
According to the first-year Miami coach, veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick has been the one to impress over second-year quarterback Josh Rosen as the team gears up for the preseason.
“It’s pretty clear to me that Ryan Fitzpatrick is leading the way,” Flores said, via the team’s website. “He’s done that in a lot of areas, from leadership to production on the field to the meeting rooms to the walk-throughs. This is an ongoing competition, but right now he’s leading the way.”
Previously, Flores had said the quarterback competition was wide open, but Fitzpatrick has been getting the majority of the QB 1 reps throughout the offseason.
“He’s been more productive, and at the end of the day that’s what it comes down to,” Flores said. “He runs the offense very efficiently. He has great rapport with the entire team. He has a lot of leadership ability, and we need that to continue. We need him to grow in that role.”
Rosen, who was traded to the Dolphins by the Cardinals for a 2019 late second-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick, could become the starter in later seasons should the Dolphins keep him long term. Fitzpatrick, at 36, appears to be a shorter-term alternative.
However, things could change before the Dolphins’ regular-season opener Sept. 8 against the Ravens, something Flores acknowledged.
“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,” Flores said. “Hopefully he continues to improve and is consistent and that will help this team for sure.”
Fitzpatrick finished last season with the Buccaneers with 2,366 passing yards and 17 touchdowns with 12 interceptions in eight games, while Rosen had 2,278 passing yards for 11 touchdowns with 14 interceptions in 14 games (13 starts) with Arizona.