Though we are only through one quarter of the season, it doesn’t seem that the Miami Dolphins trading for QB Josh Rosen has made much of a difference for them. Through four weeks of the regular season, Miami is among the four winless teams in the league. The Dolphins are tied for last with the Washington Redskins, New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals and none of these teams look to have much success this season.
Rewind to Miami’s first lead of the season
In week four, the Dolphins recorded their first lead of the season, and went up 7-3 over the Los Angeles Chargers with 6:32 left in the first quarter of Sunday’s game thanks to a 34-yard touchdown pass from Rosen to DeVante Parker. That lead would not hold, as for the remainder of the game, the Dolphins would be outscored 27-3, behind two touchdowns from Philip Rivers and another from Austin Ekeler.
“DeVante – from my experience watching him from afar – he’s had the ability to get deep. He runs well enough for his size to get past corners. I’m not surprised about it. I’m encouraged by it. It was good to get a deep ball a week. I’d love for that to happen for him just because he has size, he has ball skills and length and jumps and all that stuff that he should be able to come down with a lot of those contested catches,” Miami head coach Brian Flores said.
Including the touchdown, Dolphins’ Devante Parker went for four receptions for 70 yards. Parker is also averaging 20-yards per catch on the season and tied for first on the team in receiving yards with 201 (Preston Williams).
“He’s trying to maximize his opportunities. That is encouraging. He’s off to a pretty good start. Let’s see if he can hold that average. That’s really the thing I try to stress each and every week,” Flores said. “Sometimes you’re going to get targeted a lot, and sometimes you’re not, so you never know how the game’s going to go. You never know (when) there are some un-scouted looks that defenses do that may decide to take someone away and it might be you. You’ve just got to take advantage of every opportunity that you get.”
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Rosen ended up throwing for 180 yards, the one touchdown and a late game interception. He started the game 4-for-4 for 75 yards on the promising opening TD drive, but that drive would only be a mirage for the remainder of the game.
Rosen also managed to get sacked four times for a collective loss of 18 yards. The Dolphins also rushed for 72 yards on 18 carries. This was by far Miami’s best rushing game and Kenyan Drake was the leading rusher, going 44 yards on nine carries with a long of 10 yards. Third string back, Mark Walton, received more action than the second string Kalen Ballage, and many will be looking to see if this starts a trend or even a depth chart rotation.
Possible first win against Washington in week 6
The Dolphins are coming out of their bye week, giving them extra time to prepare for their fellow winless Washington Redskins opponent. Miami may have had its best half on the road against Dallas, but the opponent coming to town has many injuries and many issues, none short of it firing its head coach this past Monday.