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How does QB Josh Rosen fit into Dolphins' plan in 2019 and beyond?

Safid Deen, Sun Sentinel on

Published in Football

The biggest challenge the Miami Dolphins have faced in the past two decades -- outside of the fact that they have only three playoff appearances in that span -- has been their dire need for a franchise quarterback.

Since Hall of Famer Dan Marino retired in 2000, 19 players have started a game at quarterback for the Dolphins.

Longtime NFL veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and developing second-year quarterback Josh Rosen will likely become the 20th and 21st players to do so during the 2019 season.

As the Dolphins navigate their rebuild under new coach Brian Flores and general manager Chris Grier, Miami's approach to answering its quarterback issue appears clear:

-- Fitzpatrick, entering his 15th season, will serve a major role of being a bridge to the starter of the future.

-- Rosen, joining his second team in as many years in the NFL, will essentially have a one-year tryout to show he is capable of filling the Dolphins' void.

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-- And if Fitzpatrick and Rosen do not ultimately pan out, the Dolphins will be forced to address the position in the 2020 NFL draft.

Miami traded away former starter Ryan Tannehill in March after seven seasons, ending an era of the franchise which yielded years of subpar play and only one playoff appearance.

Fitzpatrick, after spending the past two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was signed to a two-year, $11 million deal ($7 million guaranteed) this offseason to bring a veteran savvy to the position while being a stopgap after Tannehill.

Instead of drafting a rookie, the Dolphins traded for Rosen during the second day of the 2019 NFL draft after his former team, the Arizona Cardinals, selected quarterback Kyler Murray at No. 1.

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