The winless Miami Dolphins appear well on their way to securing one of the top selections in next year's draft, with which they're widely expected to target one of the top quarterbacks in the class.
However, before the Dolphins can think about landing their next franchise player, sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen - who was acquired for a second-round pick during the 2019 draft and has been named the starter for the rest of the season - will undertake a 12-game audition to force the AFC East club to change its plans.
"The way I am sort of approaching this year is I feel like I am really just trying out for the team," said Rosen, according to Kyle Crabbs of Dolphins Wire. "I feel like I am auditioning and I am trying to put my best foot forward and prove to everyone upstairs and 'Coach Flo' (head coach Brian Flores) and (general manager) Mr. (Chris) Grier that I am the man moving forward.
"It is not like what you would - I don't know, it's a different circumstance than a lot of other quarterbacks have been put in; but it is the one that I have been given and I am taking it in full stride and I am excited to hopefully prove over these next 12 more weeks that I am their guy moving forward."
Rosen has started the Dolphins' last two games after replacing veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. Both have been double-digit blowout defeats.
While the former UCLA standout has received little help from the team, which has traded away much of its top talent in a rebuilding effort, his struggles from his rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals have continued.
Rosen has thrown for 380 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, while completing just 55.6% of his passes in his two starts. He's also been sacked seven times.