DAVIE, Fla. (AP) – Gus Frerotte has moved ahead of A.J. Feeley in the Miami Dolphins’ quarterback competition and will start Saturday’s exhibition game at Pittsburgh, coach Nick Saban said.

Feeley took few snaps in practice Monday, and Frerotte will work with the No. 1 unit this week, Saban said.

“Right now we feel like Gus is a little bit ahead of A.J.,” Saban said. “We’re going to give him an opportunity to be the starter in this particular game.

“There is still competition at this position, but we want to see how the chemistry develops with Gus being the starter, and going from there and seeing how we can affect the first unit practicing that way this week.”

Holdover Feeley started Miami’s first exhibition game, and Frerotte started Saturday at Jacksonville, but neither has played particularly well.

Against the Jaguars, Frerotte was 6-for-14 for 51 yards, while Feeley was 6-for-13 for 60 yards and an interception. The Dolphins fell behind 27-3, and Frerotte led them to their only points in the first three quarters.

Frerotte, now with his sixth NFL club, threw just one pass as Daunte Culpepper’s backup in Minnesota last season and hasn’t been a regular starter since 1997 with Washington.

Sage Rosenfels, a reserve with the Dolphins the past three years, is bidding to overtake Feeley for the backup spot.

“Sage has done a nice job,” Saban said. “There may some occasion where he’ll get an opportunity to play more.”

Miami has three exhibition games left.


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