Training Camp Buzz: Ryan Fitzpatrick expected to win Dolphins' QB battle over Tua Tagovailoa

The 2020 regular season is just around the corner, and NFL Network has you covered with wall-to-wall training camp coverage each day starting at 10 a.m. ET. Follow along here for some of the best sights, sounds and moments from “Inside Training Camp Live” and around the NFL.

  • Don’t expect Brian Flores to name a starting quarterback soon, even if the Dolphins coach already knows who will pilot the offense in Week 1. It likely won’t be the 22-year-old Miami drafted No. 5 overall in the 2020 draft but instead the 37-year-old who made the team more competitive in 2019 than anyone expected. “Brian Flores comes from the Bill Belichick school of competition,” NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo said. “He wouldn’t declare a starting quarterback in this competition this early. But the expectation is you’re looking at the starter in Ryan Fitzpatrick.” Garafolo pointed to the hiring of offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, who came out of retirement this year and has worked with Fitzpatrick at two previous stops (Jets, Bills). The long-term plan, of course, is to nurture Tua Tagovailoa. But the Alabama standout not starting from Day 1 isn’t an indictment on his health, per Garafolo. “It’s less a health thing with Tua, it’s more, he’s going to have to beat out Ryan Fitzpatrick. It’s not going to be about the hip, it’s not going to be, we’re going to redshirt this guy because he’s not ready to go physically. It’s really going to be about, let’s give him the time to develop if he’s not at the point to where he can beat out Fitzpatrick.”Β 
  • With Damien Williams opting out of the 2020 season, there’s little standing in the way of Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire having a prominent role. NFL Network’s Jeffri Chadiha said CEH’s work early in training camp is only helping his cause. “They’re very excited about what that they’ve seen from him so far. Coming in they knew he was a smart kid, he’s shown that. He’s picking up the playbook pretty fast, they know he’s a guy that can make plays out of the backfield and as a receiver. What Patrick Mahomes said about him the other day is he loves this kid’s vision. The kid has a feel for finding the right running lanes, finding the right spaces in the passing game, being available when Mahomes needs a checkdown. Right now everything’s going well for this running back. He’s going to have a big year if things keep going in this direction.”
  • Running back Miles Sanders is nursing a lower body injury that has him listed as “week-to-week” in the Eagles’ injury report. But he’s still keeping close with the team, and he’s still able to dance — sort of.

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  • Reigning MVP Lamar Jackson and his many weapons look to have picked up where they left off last year. And the Ravens might have a new one to worry about in rookie running back J.K. Dobbins.

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