DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -Trent Green was tabbed as the Miami Dolphins' starting quarterback Monday, ending a bit of training camp speculation over who would win the job.
Green beat out Cleo Lemon, said Dolphins coach Cam Cameron - who insisted throughout camp that a real competition was taking place at quarterback and that the 37-year-old veteran wasn't being handed the starting role.
``We're at a point where we need to start putting this offense together and the number one thing our offense needs is leadership,'' Cameron said. ``Trent brings that, but I do believe Cleo's time is coming and he's got a lot of room for growth.''
The Dolphins acquired Green from the Kansas City Chiefs in early June for a draft pick, expecting that he would emerge as Miami's 11th different starting quarterback since Dan Marino retired seven years ago.
Green threw for 21,459 yards and 118 touchdowns in 5 1/2 seasons as the starter in Kansas City, but missed eight games last season because of a concussion suffered in the season opener - and wanted a trade because he felt the Chiefs wouldn't give him a chance to vie against Damon Huard and Brodie Croyle for the job.
``I just wanted what I felt was more of a fair opportunity to play,'' said Green, who threw for more than 4,000 yards three times during his stint with the Chiefs.
Lemon will be the backup and rookie John Beck - Miami's second-round draft pick - will likely be the third quarterback. Lemon acknowledged some disappointment in the decision, but also will become a backup for the first time. He spent most of last year as Miami's third quarterback behind Daunte Culpepper and Joey Harrington, both of whom are no longer with the Dolphins.
``I'm very happy with the role I've been given,'' Lemon said.
Through two exhibition games, Green is 10-for-22 for 101 yards with one interception, while Lemon is 13-for-17 for 108 yards. Neither has thrown a touchdown pass.

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