Dolphins QB Skylar Thompson not ‘run-of-the-mill rookie,’ prepares for first start – Miami Dolphins Blog

MIAMI — Skylar Thompson‘s 2nd NFL sport will have to have a miles other really feel than his first.

One week after enjoying his first-career snaps in aid of Teddy Bridgewater, the Dolphins rookie quarterback stands to make his first start Sunday in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings (1 p.m., E.T., Fox). Miami’s best two quarterbacks are recently within the league’s concussion protocol, even if each Tua Tagovailoa and Bridgewater returned to the observe box this week.

Dolphins trainer Mike McDaniel made it transparent — although each quarterbacks transparent protocol, the crew is shifting ahead with Thompson at quarterback this week. The NFL’s preseason chief in passing yards and touchdowns had a “rough rookie debut,” McDaniel stated, however his self belief within the 2022 seventh-spherical pick out by no means waned.

“I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think the team would agree in terms of their confidence in him,” McDaniel said. “You’re always trying to keep the pulse of how everyone feels. The quarterback’s job is to make people better, and he’s – as you guys have noticed and a lot of people have noticed – he’s not the run-of-the-mill rookie.

“He’s going to have the opportunity to have all the full-speed reps this week because of the position that Teddy is in the protocol. We’re very fortunate to have three quarterbacks that our guys really believe they can operate at a high level with. So it wasn’t that difficult of a decision for me to make in this set of circumstances.”

Thompson, a Kansas State product, threw for 7,124 yards and 42 touchdowns in his collegiate profession and earned a place because the Dolphins’ 3rd quarterback after a stellar preseason. He was once pressured into his first sport motion in ultimate week’s 40-17 loss to the New York Jets when Bridgewater was once positioned into concussion protocol after the Dolphins’ first offensive snap. Thompson completed with 166 yards and an interception on 19-of-33 passing. He additionally misplaced a essential fourth-quarter fumble that helped the Jets put the sport out of succeed in.

McDaniel stated what Thompson was once in a position to do ultimate week was once tricky, bearing in mind his loss of observe reps with the first crew during the week, however he additionally make clear how the rookie’s problem prolonged past the enjoying box.

Teams usually have no less than two energetic quarterbacks on sport day, and the backup speaks with the starter at the sideline to relay issues he is spotted and even be offering recommendation when vital. But with Bridgewater in concussion protocol and Tagovailoa nonetheless in Miami, Thompson was once the one quarterback at the Dolphins’ sideline.

“It was a different feeling,” Thompson stated. “Obviously spending so much time with those guys and being on the sidelines with him so far this season, not having them there is definitely different because we do talk about things on the sideline, and Teddy points out things to me or vice versa. We’re all working together there.

“They’ve helped me so much. Whether they’ve vocally stated one thing to me to show me one thing or whatnot, they’ve taught me a ton thru their movements and the best way they create themselves, the best way they get ready. I’m very, very thankful for the ones guys.”

Right now, McDaniel stated, the plan is for Bridgewater to again up Thompson in opposition to the Vikings, which he stated will make a big distinction for the rookie.

“Huge, because in a game experience for a quarterback, you get coached,” McDaniel stated. “There’s a lot of stuff going on, and you’re taking in information from one, two, three voices. But then when you have a peer that has gone through it and has seen it, that translation – it might be one word, it might be a pat on the back – that teammate support is a very immensely huge thing for a player like that.

“It was once a lonely sideline ultimate week. All Skylar needed to communicate to was once [quarterbacks/pass game coordinator Darrell] Bevell and myself. We’re nice guys, however not that fab at conversations.”

Thompson said he has relied on his support circle as he prepares for “a dream come true,” and that his father was “emotional and excited” for him as he realizes that dream.

But his teammates had been similarly supportive as they appear to snap a two-sport shedding streak in opposition to a 4-1 Vikings crew that ranks twenty fourth in defensive anticipated issues added and feature allowed the tenth-maximum passing yards within the NFL thru 5 video games.

“Honestly, I think it’s his confidence,” Dolphins receiver Jaylen Waddle said. “He’s confident he can make every throw. He’s confident he knows what the defense is in and trusts his reads.”

McDaniel said he and Thompson looked over the plays the rookie was uncomfortable with from his debut, and found a “common denominator” — his footwork and timing, both of which he said could be corrected with a week of first-team reps.

He told Thompson to “hone in” on the reps he’ll get this week and move beyond last week’s loss.

“If that’s the worst that we’ll see … going into a game, especially as a rookie, completely blind without reps — if that’s the worst you’re going to do, we’re all right,” McDaniel said. “So you should get confidence, in an ironic way, from that game that you, without a shadow of a doubt, can play up to your own personal standard.

“It made me confident in him that he was able to do what he did, own the game plan and be a pretty darn good decision-maker without having anything full speed of that given game plan, which in this game and the National Football League, the difference between that is the difference between an interception or a completion … This full-speed work is vitally important, and I know he’s going to make the best of it this week. So be excited and just go after it, because everybody believes in you.”

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