The Miami Dolphins are believed to be effectively tanking, and one imagines they’ll look to find their quarterback of the future next spring, whether it is Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, or someone else. The team also made a big move at the position this off-season, acquiring former first round pick Josh Rosen from the Arizona Cardinals for a second round pick.
Rosen, a UCLA product with tremendous arm-talent, was in a brutal situation with the listless Cardinals last season. Arizona bottomed out and cleaned house, bringing in Kliff Kingsbury and drafting over Rosen by taking Kyler Murray No. 1 overall.
The Dolphins opted to start veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick to open the year. After two massive blowout losses, head coach Brian Flores is opting to give Rosen a shot.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport reports that Rosen will be under center to open Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 19, 2019
Rosen hasn’t looked great in two brief appearances for the Dolphins in the team’s losses to the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots.
He’s completed 8-of-21 passes for 102 yards and two interceptions. The team’s receivers haven’t helped him much, with some bad drops among those incompletions.
As a Cardinal last season, Rosen threw for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions, completing 55.2-percent of his throws for a pedestrian average of 5.2 yards per attempt. He made 13 starts in 14 appearances.
The Dolphins have been outscored 102-10 through two games.
The Cowboys won’t be an easy first test for Josh Rosen as a starter either. Dallas has opened the season 2-0, with double-digit wins over NFC East foes New York and Washington to begin the year. The Cowboys are a 23-point favorite over Miami.