August 6, 2019 / 5:05 PM / 14 days ago

Fitzpatrick maintains lead over Rosen in Dolphins QB derby

FILE PHOTO: Jul 25, 2019; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during practice drills at Baptist Health Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Fitzpatrick remains ahead of Josh Rosen two weeks into their training camp battle to be the starting quarterback of the Miami Dolphins.

Head coach Brian Flores said last week that Fitzpatrick was No. 1 in the key position battle over Rosen, the second-year quarterback acquired from the Arizona Cardinals during the 2019 NFL Draft.

“I see Fitz going with the ones like we have during training camp,” Flores said of the preseason opener this week. “But that could change. That’s where I see it right now.”

Miami hosts the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. It’s expected to be the debut, albeit brief, of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Atlanta opened the preseason last week at the Pro Football Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio.

Fitzpatrick, 36, signed a two-year deal worth $11 million in March, making the Dolphins his eighth NFL team.

“We’ve got a meeting (Tuesday night) and we’ll talk about it. The way I see it right now: (Fitzpatrick) has done a good job. Josh has done a good job,” Flores said. “The preseason games will tell us another part of the evaluation. It’s a good competition.”

Rosen could get extended playing time. He performed well for several practices in succession, including last weekend’s scrimmage.

“Everyone has got to be ready to play for an extended period of time,” Flores said. .”.. I think they all know it could be three plays, it could be 30 plays, it could be 50 plays. We’ll see how the game goes.”

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