DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — As Josh Rosen dropped back to pass during practice Tuesday, Ryan Fitzpatrick slapped and pushed him in the back, like an older brother trying to annoy.
It was part of a drill, and those are the only swipes the two Miami Dolphins newcomers are taking at each other as they begin competition for the No. 1 quarterback job.
Fitzpatrick, entering his 15th NFL season, has been through it all before. This year he can become the first player to throw a pass for eight teams.
“I’ve always had to earn every opportunity that I’ve received,” said Fitzpatrick, 36. “I love the competition. I love being out here and trying to be the best me I can be.”
When Fitzpatrick signed an $11 million, two-year deal in March, the job appeared to be his to replace the departed Ryan Tannehill. Then the Dolphins traded two draft picks for Rosen, who had a rocky rookie season in Arizona last year but could become the franchise quarterback Miami has sought since Dan Marino retired 20 years ago.
Fitzpatrick, speaking publicly about the Rosen trade for the first time, said he took the deal in stride.
“I’m here because this was an…