Dolphins starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick puts his focus on Baltimore

Veteran ready to step into starting role

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick attempts a pass during the second quarter of a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Hard Rock Stadium on Aug. 22, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

DAVIE, Fla. – Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is ready to start the season as the team's starter.

Fitzpatrick met with the media Wednesday, following a week of huge changes to the team roster.

The Dolphins parted ways with left tackle Laremy Tunsil, wide receiver Kenny Stills and a host of other veteran players.

"It's just one of those things," Fitzpatrick said. "You never know what's going to happen in the NFL.  That's probably what I've learned most: expect the unexpected."

The quarterback said the team needs to put their focus on Baltimore, who had the No. 1 ranked defense in the NFL last season.

Fitzpatrick will be starting for his eight team in the league.

He said he takes pride in it because it's something that hasn't been done before.

"This means a lot to me, being able to do it here with a younger group, and it's going to rely so much on communication and I'm going to have to be at my best on every play," Fitzpatrick said.

The Dolphins brought in Josh Rosen to compete with Fitzpatrick this offseason, but the veteran won the starting job.

"You work so hard for these games," Fitzpatrick said. "The Sundays are why we do it. ... Opening day is always that much more special."

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David Lang is executive producer of the Local 10 sports department.