Tua Tagovailoa may be the Miami Dolphins’ quarterback of the future, but one of the team’s other signal-callers isn’t willing to just lay down and give the Alabama product the job right away, either.
That’s the beauty of training camp, as positional battles emerge, with incumbent players making a statement in forcing their new teammates to earn the right to be named starter. And while Josh Rosen has yet to have achieved anywhere near his full potential, he’s still only 23 years of age, and he plans to compete against Tua for the starting quarterback job.
The Dolphins have an extremely crowded quarterback room, with veteran signal-caller Ryan Fitzpatrick in the mix as well. But a report from Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald states that Rosen is not requesting a trade, and that he plans to compete for the starting job. It reads:
Amid the return of Fitzpatrick as the possible if not likely starter against New England in the season opener Sept. 13, and Tagovailoa being drafted in the first round ostensibly to be the franchise quarterback of the future, Rosen and his representation have looked at their situation and decided he wants to stay in Miami.
Neither the quarterback nor anyone from his camp has asked for a release or trade, the Herald learned Monday.
That says something about Rosen’s desire to stay and compete rather than flee a seemingly untenable situation. It says he’s not afraid to bet on himself. It means he’s willing to be patient and play out the Dolphins’ training camp quarterback competition.
Good luck beating out Tua for the starting job. He’s been coached up by one of the best staffs in college football, running Alabama’s offense, and the game won’t be too fast for him. Rosen’s best chance of winning the job will be if Tua isn’t fully healthy.