The Miami Dolphins signed quarterback Jake Rudock on Friday. Rudock is a Miami native that was a standout at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, leading the team to a state and national title in 2009. Rudock then committed to the University of Iowa where he was ultimately underwhelming.
He struggled in two bowl appearances, going 9-22 for 102 yards and one interception in the 2013 Outback Bowl. Then going 2-8 and 32 yards in the Tayslayer Bowl in 2014. For the 2013 season overall at Iowa he went 204 of 345 attempts for 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He followed up that campaign in 2014 going 213 of 345 attempts with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions.
After two dismal showings in the bowl games, Rudock lost the support of the fans and program, and he then transferred to the University of Michigan with then new coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh was able to rejuvenate Rudock's career. He went on to set records for single game touchdown passes and also was the first quarterback to throw for 250 yards in three consecutive games. He then went on to become the MVP of the 2016 Citrus Bowl.
He was just the second quarterback in school history to throw for 3,000 yards in a season. He finished 2016 ranked second in single season passing yards and first in single season completion percentage.
That turn around season propelled Rudock to become the sixth round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in 2016. At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, he has ideal size, athletic ability, and arm strength to compete at the pro level. For that reason the Lions kept him as the third string quarterback for the 2016 season.
In 2017 he was not handed the backup job, rather he had to compete with then newly drafted quarterback Brad Kaaya for that job. Rudock succeeded in securing the backup job and did get limited playing time that season going 3 for 5 for 24 yards and an interception. He then spent 2018 mainly on the practice squad.
So what do I take away from Miami signing him? Well I think this means that Brock Osweiler and David Fales' days in Miami are now likely over. Rudock has some experience and will give the team a quarterback to compete with Luke Falk in training camp, likely for the backup QB role. I do expect the team to still draft a quaterback regardless if Ryan Tannehill stays with the team in 2019 or not. That will impact if Rudock has a chance to be more than a camp body.
On one final interesting note. Considering Rudock's biggest advocate is likely Jim Harbaugh, I think there is a good possibility that Ross and Grier may be interacting with Harbaugh. It could be a coincidence, but I find it interesting one of the first order of business post-Gase is to get rid of the Gase acquired veteran backups and replace them with a Harbaugh-coached QB. I am not meaning to speculate the team is hiring Harbaugh, just speculating they may be listening to his personal recommendations.
This story was written by Chad Ronnebaum. Follow him on Twitter: @Gofins4SB
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