Rosen, Dolphins head to Dallas to face Elliott, Cowboys

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Miami Dolphins' quarterback Josh Rosen stares out through the smoke of the Hard Rock Stadium tunnel. Rosen will make his first start as Miami's starting QB in Dallas. PC: The Phinsider

Going into week three of the regular season, the Miami Dolphins’ Josh Rosen has officially been named the starting quarterback ahead of the team’s week three matchup in Dallas. Additionally, Miami also cut offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann and claimed former first-round pick, defensive lineman Taco Charlton, off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys. 

“I’m excited. I’m very excited. I’m looking forward to going out and playing and fighting another day,” Rosen said.

Miami still has questions throughout its team

The Dolphins’ offensive line has been in turmoil through all of the preseason and just the two short weeks of the NFL’s regular season. If the OL can buy Rosen some time in the critical moments of the game, we’ll see if Dolphins’ head coach Brian Flores made the right choice giving Rosen the start and Miami the shot at some sort of offense. 

If it’s the same turnover battle the Dolphins have been having through two games, former starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick may also get some playing time at some point in week three.

If Rosen is to have a successful start, his receiving core is also going to need to cut down on the open drops. Wide receivers Preston Williams and Jakeem Grant had the most notable drops last week, as each dropped one touchdown. The run game could stand to be a little more aggressive as well, in hopes to take some of the pressure off such a young quarterback. No RB eclipsed even 20 yards last week against New England.

Flores takes first decisive QB stand

“Like I said, we gave them both reps each week. We liked where Josh (Rosen) was. He had two good days of practice. We decided to make the move after a good practice yesterday,” Flores said. “It (also) wasn’t just the two practices. He had been practicing well up to this point. We felt like that was the right move for the team.”

Dolphins hope defensive woes cease Sunday

Through just two games, Miami’s defense has allowed more than 100 points and 1,000 yards. Through the same two games the offense has only scored twice. The one field goal and one TD came in the opening weekend against Baltimore. The Dolphins also have less than 400 passing yards and 65 rushing yards and have also allowed seven turnovers and 10 sacks. It’s safe to say the team has had a nightmarish two-game start to a 16-game season.

Xavien Howard‘s stock has risen even more

Another player to keep an eye on defensively this week is cornerback Xavien Howard. Miami recently lost safety/defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, so an already struggling defense will have to rely more on its veterans to lead the improvement attack. The trading may also not be done in South Beach, as rumor has it that the team is also shopping starting RB Kenyan Drake. He has to be on the chopping block even depending on how the coming week(s) play out. He’s listed as the starter, but he isn’t playing like it. 

The talent isn’t lonely in the lone star state

The Cowboys are going up against a defense allowing more than 50 points per game. Some players who may have their way against the Dolphins this weekend are QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott. Miami has given up borderline 400 rushing yards through just two games, possibly making it a field day for him.

Elliott is the highest paid back in the NFL and already has over 180 total yards on the season with two touchdowns. The Dolphins’ defense has also yet to record an interception. As long as Prescott doesn’t force unnecessary passes he could finish the day with a QB rating upwards of 120, much like Lamar Jackson and Tom Brady already have. He has had a hot start to the season already, throwing nearly 700 yards, seven touchdowns and only one interception.

With so many woes on such a young season, some may wonder how Flores will adjust to the Cowboys powerful offense.

– Christian Chappell is a Sports Contributor for Full Press Coverage Miami Dolphins. Like and follow on and Facebook.

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