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Dolphins’ Brian Flores pushes back on Josh Rosen rumors

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen is in the unfortunate position of third wheel on the depth chart ahead of his third NFL season, as the team will turn to veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick to serve as a bridge until first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa is ready to make his debut.

Flores acknowledged that the Dolphins have fielded trade calls about Rosen, but said the team is receiving inquiries for players up and down the roster, as is customary at this juncture in training camp.

“It’s the day before cutdown day,” Flores said, per Adam H. Beasley and Barry Jackson in the Miami Herald. “There’s a lot of names floating around. [Dolphins GM] Chris [Grier] is fielding calls left and right about Josh and a handful of other players. I think that’s the case around the league.”

Flores pushed back on any notion that the team listening to Rosen offers is a signal of Tagovailoa’s readiness. The former Alabama star is still recovering from the dislocated hip he suffered in Nov. 2019 that ended his decorated Crimson Tide career.

“No decisions have been made. We’re going to go out and practice today and made decisions on the roster tomorrow,” Flores stated. “We’re fielding calls on a handful of players, and I think every team is doing the same thing.”

Rosen, the former highly touted UCLA product, was selected No. 10 overall by the Arizona Cardinals in 2018 but has had some bad luck in the pros. He started 13 games a rookie in Arizona before the team hired Kliff Kingsbury and selected Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in 2019. Arizona dealt Rosen to Miami, only for the Dolphins to grab Tagovailoa with the No. 5 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

“Josh has competed. Josh has made some great throws. I think he’s gotten better over the course of training camp. That’s where we are with him,” Flores added.