In a world the place the backup quarterback is usually the preferred man on the town, Dolphins quarterback Skylar Thompson, the rookie seventh-round decide from Kansas State who dazzled in preseason, is making an attempt to remain low key.
It’s been pretty straightforward to date.
We’ll see whether or not it lasts.
“Fans, media, coaches, everybody in football, your favorite player is the backup quarterback,” Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel mentioned. “The grass is greener.”
For the time being, that’s Thompson’s function, backup quarterback. Tua Tagovailoa is in concussion protocol. That means Teddy Bridgewater is the starter for Sunday’s sport on the New York Jets, and Thompson, who began the season because the No. 3 quarterback, is now No. 2.
Thompson was a preseason star. Everything he touched turned to gold. He moved the offense, he made the best selections, he threw deep, and he was correct.
He completed with 450 passing yards, 5 touchdowns, no interceptions, and a glowing 138.4 passer ranking.
Michael Deiter performs middle and guard on the scout crew alongside Thompson every week in apply.
“He’s super commanding in the huddle, and most importantly knows all of his [expletive], he’s on top of his stuff, which is good, and he goes out and he plays with confidence and really cuts it loose,” Deiter mentioned. “You saw it in preseason. He wasn’t wasting any time getting the ball out, he was putting it on guys.”
Last week at Cincinnati he bought to placed on a NFL jersey for an everyday season sport for the primary time, and he bought to throw passes in pregame warmups for the primary time.
“It was exciting,” he mentioned. “It’s a big moment, first time getting to put a jersey on during the season is a cool moment for me and my family and all that.”
This week he’s fielded calls from former highschool and school coaches who’re blissful he’s serving as a backup quarterback this week.
Now, because the backup quarterback, Thompson is one play away from the highlight, the recent seat, the chance of a lifetime, no matter you need to name it.
There’s a small phase of Dolphins followers who needed Thompson to be named the starter forward of Bridgewater.
Thompson isn’t getting caught up in that stuff.
“Everybody has their opinion on whatever,” he mentioned. “All of that is white noise to me. I’m just focused on what I have been focused on since the day I got here, which is getting better every day, trying to put myself in position to help the team win.”
Thompson did that in preseason.
A stir was created.
The chatter was legitimized when the Dolphins determined to maintain Thompson on the 53-man roster as a substitute of making an attempt to sneak him onto the apply squad, a transfer that will have uncovered him to waivers, which might doubtless have led to him being claimed by one other crew.
Deiter recalled his first impressions of Thompson.
“My initial thought was the kid is confident,” Deiter mentioned. “He went on the market early in camp and was placing balls on guys. He was throwing precisely and he was throwing stuff that some guys had been nervous to throw, which is enjoyable to see, guys that need to make performs, that push the ball down the sphere. He did that immediately and it was cool to see, like, ‘Hey, this rook’s bought slightly little bit of juice.’
“It was cool to know we had three quarterbacks that could cut it loose and win games for us right away, early in camp.”
Thompson was inactive for the primary three video games however Tagovailoa’s damage towards Buffalo opened the door for Thompson to be energetic for the Cincinnati sport.
Of course, actuality got here in additional methods than one when Tagovailoa was sacked and left the sport on a stretcher. Bridgewater abruptly grew to become the starter and Thompson was the backup, one play from making his NFL debut. It didn’t occur however Thompson mentioned he was prepared then, and is prepared now. He mentioned he’s approached every week as if he’d be the starter.
“I feel very prepared,” he mentioned. “And like I mentioned, it sort of goes again to the way in which that I’ve approached it because the season has began, simply getting ready like I’m the starter every week so if one thing like this occurs I don’t should ramp all the pieces up like, ‘I’ve bought to do that, I’ve bought to try this.’ “
Despite all of the chatter, Thompson is aware of the deal. He’s the man individuals need to see (out of curiosity) and the man individuals don’t need to see (as a result of it means Bridgewater is injured or not taking part in effectively).
He’s simply making an attempt to do his job.
“My role here is to help support Teddy,” Thompson mentioned. “He’s the starter, he’s our man. I’ve regarded as much as Teddy because the second I’ve gotten into this locker room.
“Whatever I can do to help the team in this position is what I’m going to do, and I’m excited for that.”