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Ryan Fitzpatrick expected to start Dolphins’ first preseason game

Ryan Fitzpatrick appears to have further solidified his presumptive hold on the Miami Dolphins’ starting quarterback spot, as head coach Brian Flores indicated Tuesday that the veteran signal-caller will take the field with the first team during Miami’s opening preseason game on Thursday.

“I see Fitz going with the ones, but that could change. … That’s where I see it right now,” Flores said of Fitzpatrick starting against the Atlanta Flacons, per Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald.

The quarterback competition with the Dolphins originally was believed to be an open race between the journeyman Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen, who the team acquired in an offseason deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

Despite Rosen seemingly being relegated to backup at this point, Flores made sure to praise the second-year quarterback throughout offseason activities, and he has continued to do the same at training camp.

“I think he’s made some improvement, really across the board,” Flores said over the weekend, per Jelani Scott of NFL.com. “There’s things that a lot of people don’t see. Better footwork, mechanics in the pocket, decision-making. A lot of times people, all they see is the touchdown pass; they don’t see the checkdown that’s a positive play for the team. I think he’s improved in those areas and I think those are the little things that go a long way at that position.”

As things stand, however, it appears it’s Fitzpatrick’s job to lose heading into Week 1, though Miami’s preseason slate presumably could tilt things Rosen’s way should he outperform his competition. If not, another opportunity for a potential dose of FitzMagic could be in the offing again in 2019.