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The Case for Josh Rosen to Start in 2019

Josh Rosen deserves to get a shot in 2019

I know it’s only been two weeks into the preseason, but Josh Rosen has shown progression. Albeit minor progression, but progress nonetheless. He’s in one of the most unique situations in NFL history. In just 2018, he was a Top-10 pick by the Arizona Cardinals. One year later, he’s shipped off for a late 2nd round pick being replaced by a shinier quarterback, Kyler Murray.

Josh Rosen vs the Atlanta Falcons- Photo Courtesy of Steve Miller, USA Today Sports.

New year, new coach, new system. This is the chance for Rosen to live up to the hype that has followed him since high school. This offseason Rosen has had to battle journeyman quarterback, Ryan “Fitz Magic” Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick has been believed to have the upper hand, however, through two preseason games, Rosen has looked…better? Through two games the stats are as follows:

Josh Rosen: 23/38 (60.5% comp) 293 yards 0 TDs, 1 INT. (In one start vs Tampa Bay: 10/18 102 yards)

Ryan Fitzpatrick: 5/14 (35.7% comp) 40 yards. 0 TDs 0 INTs.

Ryan Fitzpatrick is believed to get the start in week three of the preseason, the dress rehearsal game for the regular season. Rosen needs to build on what he’s learning in the next two games and overtake the starting job before week one.

Low Risk, High Reward

Josh Rosen is still only 22 years old. The Dolphins have a terrible offensive line. In his lone start he had to play without DeVante Parker, Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant, Kenyan Drake, and presumed to start right tackle Jordan Mills. With all that missing, Rosen still looked calm and poised. I have yet to see him overly frustrated or rattled. He’s willing and eager to learn.

There is absolutely no downside to letting him play. If he plays great, leads the team to eight or more wins, then awesome. That’d be a possible franchise quarterback with a 2nd round pick. If he busts, which could be likely, then fine. The Phins go all-in on a quarterback in 2020 as expected. Either way, let the kid play. Give him a chance to build and see what you got in him. What’s the worst that can happen?

The Dolphins play next at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, August 22 at 8 p.m. EST.

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