Josh Rosen at peace with Dolphins drafting Tua Tagovailoa: 'It is what it is'

Liz Roscher
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Miami Dolphins backup quarterback Josh Rosen is in danger of slipping down a rung on the Dolphins’ QB depth chart this season. He’s already in the backup position since Ryan Fitzpatrick was named starter, but his position is even less secure due to Tua Tagovailoa, who the Dolphins drafted No. 3 overall back in April.

Tagovailoa is Miami’s quarterback of the future, and that means Rosen’s future is likely somewhere else if he wants to be a starter. But while Tua recovers from a hip injury and subsequent surgery, the Dolphins are expected to take it slow with him. That means there could be a battle brewing for the primary backup spot behind Fitzpatrick, a position Rosen probably didn’t think he’d have to fight for six months ago.

Rosen sanguine despite struggles

When Rosen was asked on Tuesday to discuss his feelings about the Dolphins drafting Tagovailoa, he kept it simple.

Rosen didn’t stop there, though. He gave some insight into how he’s approaching this season while knowing that the Dolphins’ quarterback of the future isn’t him.

“I just have to come out and try as hard as I can and compete as hard as I can every day. Hopefully get the nod at some point in the future. Right now, I’m just focusing on improving every day. Fitz is a great guy to learn from. I’m sort of trying to continue that progress I had near the end of last year.”

It seems that Rosen’s key to this season is to focus on what he can control, like how hard he works and what his expectations are. He’s right that his previous two attempts at playing in the NFL as a starter didn’t go well. After going 3-10 as a starter for the 2018 Arizona Cardinals, Rosen was traded to Miami when the Cardinals decided to take QB Kyler Murray as the No. 1 overall pick — the No. 1 overall pick that Rosen “helped” them get. Rosen proceeded to have a dismal 2019 for the Dolphins as Fitzpatrick’s backup, losing all three games he started.

Rosen can’t change the past, so he’s doing the only thing he can: preparing for the future. He doesn’t know if he’ll end up being Tua’s backup, or someone else’s backup, or even a starter again. But he’s got the right attitude for whatever comes next.

Josh Rosen is focusing on getting better instead of winning a position battle against Tua Tagovailoa. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Josh Rosen is focusing on getting better instead of winning a position battle against Tua Tagovailoa. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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