Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for the Dolphins against the Bills

Josh Rosen goes back to the bench

Sal Capaccio
October 16, 2019 - 12:57 pm

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In a surprising reversal of what he said just a week ago, Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores announced Wednesday that veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start at quarterback against the Buffalo Bills this Sunday, moving Josh Rosen back to the bench. Flores had made the declaration just last Wednesday that the quarterback situation was “settled,” and Rosen would be the team’s starter for the remainder of the season.

But just four days later, at home against the, likewise, winless Washington Redskins, Rosen completed 15-of-25 passes for only 85 yards and threw two interceptions. Fitzpatrick entered in relief of the second-year quarterback and went 12-for-18 for 132 yards, throwing a touchdown with just six-seconds left in the game to pull his team to within one point. Flores elected to go for the win, but Fitzpatrick’s two-point conversion attempt fell incomplete to Kenyan Drake and Miami dropped to 0-5 on the season.

Fitzpatrick started the team’s first two games of the season, going 25-for-50 for 274 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions in losses to the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots. Rosen took over for the next three contests, losing to the Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Chargers, and Redskins.

The 15-year veteran played for the Bills from 2009-2012, starting 53 games, which ranks fourth all-time for quarterbacks in franchise history.  

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