Flores: Dolphins QB competition still open

Ryan Fitzpatrick gets the start for the Miami Dolphins this week, but head coach Brian Flores claims that decision is not an indication of his plans for Week 1 of the regular season.

Fitzpatrick was deemed to be ahead of Josh Rosen entering the preseason, but neither quarterback has separated himself through two games.

“I’m going to put the guy who will help us win, who we feel will give us the best chance to win games,” Flores said.

The third preseason game often is used as a dress rehearsal of sorts, testing starters against starters to prepare for opening weekend of the regular season on Sept. 8.

Fitzpatrick is expected to start Thursday against the Jacksonville Jaguars and play into the second half before giving way to Rosen, Flores said.

“I would say we’re going into every game trying to evaluate every player on the team,” Flores said on Monday. “I know this is the third preseason game, and the thought is this is the dress rehearsal for regular season game No. 1. In a lot of ways, it is that. But every game is important to me.”

Rosen is 23 of 38 (60.5 percent) for 293 yards and one interception. He has been sacked five times. When asked on Monday where Rosen needed to improve, Flores called him out for holding onto the ball.

Fitzpatrick is 5 of 14 (35.7 percent) for 40 yards with a long completion of 14 yards.

The Dolphins signed the 36-year-old Fitzpatrick in the offseason. They also traded for the 22-year-old Rosen, who was a first-round draft pick by Arizona in 2018. He became expendable when the Cardinals took quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)

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