It was a very different feel to the Miami Dolphins on day one of training camp. Dolphans packed the stands anxious to see the battle between the new quarterbacks.
“It’s Fitz-magic,” said Laremy Tunsil with a smile when a reporter asked him about quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on day one of training camp.
The magic man with the big beard, officially known as Ryan Fitzpatrick, had the edge on day one of camp over second year QB Josh Rosen, who was acquired from Arizona in the off-season. Fitzpatrick threw for several touchdowns on day one, in what is the start of his 15th NFL season.
“Going into year 15, you put your head down,” Fitzpatrick said. “And do the best you can, work as hard as you can trying to make everyone around you better.”
“He’s a leader for sure,” Tunsil said. “Everybody looks up to him when he steps into the huddle the one thing he says is give me your eyes and everybody listens.”
Rosen, meanwhile, is still learning his way around Dolphins training camp, but says he’s happy with his progress on Thursday.
“I thought I had a slow start,” said Rosen. “But I finished pretty strong. I think it’s just kind of getting used to everything, teammates, offense situations, all that stuff. As long as tomorrow is better than today, I think it will be good.”
It’s a new look team all around, but brand new head coach Brian Flores had a message for the fans.
“I think we’re going to have a tough, smart and disciplined team,” he said. “We’re going to fight to win every week. They’ll support us if we do that.”
Albert Wilson was back in limited action at the practice after missing most of last season with an injury.
Wilson says he’s feeling good, and looking forward to playing again at 100 percent.