The Miami Dolphins have a few key roster moves to follow heading into their week seven matchup away in Buffalo.
Ryan Fitzpatrick to start at Buffalo
After benching quarterback Josh Rosen in the third quarter against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Ryan Fitzpatrick lead a valiant comeback and head coach Brian Flores officially announced that Fitzpatrick will start against the Bills.
“We’re going to start ‘Fitz’ (Ryan Fitzpatrick) this week. (We) kind of came to that conclusion really over the last couple of days. (We) decided that we feel like that was the best thing for this team and give us an opportunity – the best opportunity – for this team to go up into a tough environment and try to pull out a win,” Flores said.
The announcement comes just days after Flores named Rosen the starting QB for the remainder of the season. Not necessarily a good look for the Dolphins organization, however, the move proves Flores’ want to win this season. Before benching Rosen on Sunday, he felt Rosen gave Miami the best opportunity to win games, but now, something has changed his mindset. This only further backs up his preseason theories of putting the best 11 guys out on the field at a time to win the game.
Miami awarded CB Ryan Lewis from Philadelphia
Additionally, the Dolphins were also awarded cornerback Ryan Lewis off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles.
Lewis was promoted to Philadelphia’s active roster on Oct. 2 before being placed on waivers on Monday. Lewis originally played eight games (three starts) for Buffalo in 2018. With the Bills he contributed 13 tackles (11 solo), two forced fumbles and three defensed passes. Furthermore, Lewis has spent time with Arizona (2017), New England (2017-18) and Indianapolis (2019) in his NFL career after signing as an undrafted free agent with the Cardinals in May of 2017.
The cornerback move comes with the uncertainty at the position with CB Xavien Howard who is dealing with a knee injury. Howard missed Sunday’s game vs Washington.
“He’s (Howard) doing well. I expect to see him at practice today. Obviously he’s been working to get back out there on the field. He’s anxious to get out there,” Flores said. “Again, (Xavien is) working through some things and hopefully we get him out there today, throughout the course of the week, and I think every player’s got a little bit of – we want every player out there practicing, but the guys who are nursing some injuries, we try to manage them to some degree.”
Injury updates to monitor
Additionally, CB Cordrea Tankersley and defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche are expected back at practice this week after missing multiple weeks. However, Flores said that both players “still have a long way to go” in order to get back out onto the field.