Camp preview: Quarterbacks

The Dolphins will open their 40th training camp when they hold the first practice on Monday, July 25 at the team's training facility in Davie. We preview what should be an interesting camp under new head coach Nick Saban with a position-by-position analysis of the team heading into camp. In this installment, we look at the quarterbacks.

Quarterbacks on the roster: Brock Berlin (rookie), A.J. Feeley (5th season), Gus Frerotte (12th season), Sage Rosenfels (12th season).

Summary: For the second consecutive summer, the Dolphins will have a battle for the starting job at quarterback during training camp. Last year it was Jay Fiedler vs. A.J. Feeley. Now, it's Feeley vs. veteran newcomer Gus Frerotte. Regardless of who winds up winning the job, the Dolphins need a much better performance at the position if they are to make any noise in 2005. How bad were things last year? Well, of all the quarterbacks with enough attempts to qualify for league rankings, Feeley had the worst passer rating at 61.7. Fiedler wasn't much better at 67.1.

The battles: We've obviously mentioned the battle for the starting job, and many people have strong opinions (both ways) about this. In some circles, there's a though that the Dolphins should simply give the job to Feeley because he's the younger quarterback and could lead the team for a while. On the other hand, there's the thought that Frerotte is a better option because he spent the last two seasons in Minnesota playing for new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. The bottom line, though, just might be that Frerotte simply is the better quarterback at this point. As for the battle for roster spot, there doesn't appear to be one because it's almost inconceivable to think that Berlin has any shot to beat out Rosenfels for the No. 3 job.

Projected starter: Gus Frerotte

Projected on the 53-man roster: Frerotte, A.J. Feeley, Sage Rosenfels


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