Brock Osweiler determined to keep starting QB job when Ryan Tannehill returns

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill will miss his fourth straight game on Sunday while recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered in Week 5, providing yet another opportunity for backup quarterback Brock Osweiler to prove himself in the starting role.

And now that he’s in that role, Osweiler doesn’t intend to give it up anytime soon.

“I think your mentality in this league is when you get your opportunity to play, you never give that guy his job back,” Osweiler told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Wednesday. “And that’s nothing personal against anybody. But if you don’t have that competitive spirit, this isn’t the league for you.”

Since he became the starting quarterback in Tannehill’s absence, Osweiler hasn’t been terrible. He’s gone 71-of-112 for 860 yards, and thrown five touchdowns and three interceptions in three games.

He played a big hand in the Dolphins’ 31-28 overtime win against the Chicago Bears in his first start, too, where he completed more than 63 percent of his passes and threw for three touchdowns.

Now, Tannehill still has a lot to prove if he wants to become the Dolphins’ full-time starting quarterback and beat out Tannehill whenever his shoulder is fully healed. Head coach Adam Gase has previously said that when Tannehill is healthy that he’ll resume his role as the starter.

A solid performance — and perhaps most importantly, a win — on Sunday against the New York Jets, though, could go a long way in that effort.

And while he has the opportunity right in front of him, Osweiler isn’t going to let it go to waste.

“I’m really big on staying in the present moment, learning from past mistakes and just living in the moment,” Osweiler told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I want to be the best possible quarterback that I can be.”

Miami Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler is determined to keep the starting role even after Ryan Tannehill returns from his shoulder injury. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Miami Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler is determined to keep the starting role even after Ryan Tannehill returns from his shoulder injury. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

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