DAVIE, Fla. – Josh Rosen did not really know that his time with the Arizona Cardinals was over until he got a call a few minutes before the draft, and he's accepting the adversity after being sent to the Miami Dolphins for a few cents. Rosen is treating 2019 as a one-year test to prove to the Dolphins that he can be his answer as a quarterback.
"Very rarely do you have a second chance to make a first impression," Rosen said. "He felt like he had been recruited twice."
Rosen made a strong first impression on her first appearance in Miami. He did not shy away from the questions. He spoke about the emotions of Arizona by recruiting Kyler Murray and leaving him in Miami. He defended himself against criticism that he was a bad companion and leader.
"I think I'm a very good teammate, what I've tried to do is not say or do anything extra, just be like me and keep my head down, and finally the story will be clear," Rosen said. "I think he has done it for the most part, time and consistency are the best medicine to cure the narrative."
Dolphins coach Brian Flores said Rosen will have to "win" the role of Dolphins quarterback over the official Ryan Fitzpatrick, a competition that Rosen is embracing. The 22-year-old said he believes he is entering as a backup "on paper."
So expect an open competition this summer between Chosen Rosen and FitzMagic with Flores choosing the best man for the job.
Dolphins general manager Chris Grier awaits a freshly motivated Rosen after all that has happened and what has been said about Rosen during the past week.
"I do not think my chip has to grow anymore, I could turn over," Rosen said, laughing.
Dolphins offensive coordinator Chad O & Shea and quarterback coach Jim Caldwell will try to maximize the skills of the top 10 last year. He will have to make a big leap after finishing last season with the worst pbader rating in the NFL (66.7).
Rosen's talent is still there, the potential thrills Miami and the opportunity is certainly abundant
The Dolphins have not had a Pro Bowl quarterback since Dan Marino 23 years ago, the longest drought in the NFL, and fans are eagerly awaiting the next big (not just good) response to the long-standing problem. Rosen would be the twentieth quarterback to start for the Dolphins since Marino retired in 1999.
"I am aware of the situation," Rosen said. "I hope I can follow something similar to his huge steps."
But Rosen's first step will not be to replace Marino. It will simply be to beat Fitzpatrick, who certainly will not fall without a fight.
This is an opportunity for Rosen to show that the Cardinals and all those who discarded him were wrong and, in turn, could prove that the Dolphins' big bet for him is the acquisition of the year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.