In his first preseason start, Rosen came out on the road against theBuccaneersand did just enough; it just wasn’t enough to position his team for the victory as they fell 16-14.
Rosen’s lone quarter of playing time featured six series, which included two three-and-outs, a turnover on downs, and two scoring drives that ended with kickerJason Sandersproviding the points. The sixth ended with a punt after four plays but Rosen did show off his arm with a deep 22-yard pass to wideoutDurham Smythefor a first down right before the two-minute warning.
“He was into the game,” saidDolphinscoach Brian Flores, viaAdam Beasley of the Miami Herald. “He was ready to go. I thought he did a good job in the huddle, getting the play calls in. I thought he played well from that standpoint.
“I would like to not see him take as many sacks; but I thought he threw the ball well, had some drops — that didn’t help him. But I thought overall, he played well.”
Rosen would leave the field with a decent 102 yards on 10-of-18 completions but it was by no means an easy night for the 2018 10th overall pick.
He tasted turf three times for a total loss of 15 yards and had a number of receivers drop passes, notes that could be seen more as a knock to the group Rosen was playing with than the man himself. On top of a banged-up offensive line, starting-caliber talent like receiverDeVante Parkerand running backKenyan Drakewere out of the lineup and not afforded the chance to play at least a few reps. But, regardless of who was out there, Rosen was just OK against the Bucs’ first-team defense.
Following the game, Flores told the media he expects to startRyan Fitzpatricknext week against theJaguars. Throughout training camp, Flores has maintained that “Fitzmagic” would likely start to begin the season but acknowleged thatRosen has made great improvement. Fitzpatrick’s play against the Bucs — 3-for-9 for 20 yards — may have helped to keep that battle wide open.
Ironically, QBJake Rudockwas almost the hero Friday, going 6-for-11 for 72 yards and leading a nearly game-winning TD drive, but, when it boils down to it, this battle between Rosen and Fitzpatrick could come down to the wire.