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Dolphins’ Brian Flores says Josh Rosen improving ‘across the board’

Josh Rosen, Brian Flores, Dolphins

When the Miami Dolphins traded for Josh Rosen on draft weekend, they did so with the idea that Rosen still needed a lot of work and would probably end up backing up Ryan Fitzpatrick during his first year with the club.

But with Fitzpatrick struggling in training camp, Rosen has had an opportunity to try and steal the starting quarterback job from under the veteran’s nose, and Dolphins head coach Brian Flores says he likes what he has seen from the second-year signal-caller:

“I think he’s made some improvement, really across the board,” said Flores, according to Jelani Scott of NFL.com. “There’s things that a lot of people don’t see. Better footwork, mechanics in the pocket, decision-making. A lot of times people, all they see is the touchdown pass; they don’t see the checkdown that’s a positive play for the team. I think he’s improved in those areas and I think those are the little things that go a long way at that position.”

Rosen, who played his collegiate football at UCLA, was originally selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the 10th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft and went on to have a rough rookie campaign, making 13 starts and throwing for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while completing 55.2 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 66.7.

With the Cardinals deciding to go in a different direction by drafting Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick, they made Rosen available and ended up trading him to the Dolphins for a third-round selection.