Josh Rosen injured in what may have been his final college game

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UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, viewed as a potential first overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, ended what may have been his final college game on the sideline last night.

Rosen took a hard hit at the end of the first half of UCLA’s win over Cal and did not play in the second half, instead standing on the sideline in street clothes.

UCLA interim head coach Jedd Fisch, coaching the team for the first time in place of the recently fired Jim Mora, did not say what happened to Rosen but indicated that Rosen will be back for UCLA’s bowl game.

“We want to make sure that he is healthy for the bowl game,” Fisch said. “He got hit pretty hard on that one sack and he wants to make sure that he is healthy for the bowl game as well.”

But realistically, Rosen has to be considering sitting out his bowl game. At 6-6, UCLA will go to a lower-tier bowl, and last year some top draft prospects chose to skip their bowl games to stay healthy for the NFL. If Rosen was going to skip the second half to stay healthy for some mediocre bowl game, why not skip that bowl game to stay healthy for the NFL? Rosen has previously missed time with a shoulder injury and a concussion, and it would be hard to blame him if he decided not to risk any more injuries while he is still an amateur.

Rosen is a junior and could return for UCLA next season. But it’s too soon to say whether he will, especially considering that UCLA doesn’t even know who its coach will be next year. If UCLA hires someone Rosen thinks would help him continue to develop for the pros, he might be persuaded to come back. If UCLA hires someone who runs an offense that Rosen doesn’t think matches his skill set, he would certainly turn pro.

So much remains in flux for Rosen, who might represent UCLA in a bowl game in a few weeks, or might not play again until he’s in the NFL.

40 responses to “Josh Rosen injured in what may have been his final college game

  1. Rosen would be wasting his time with a UCLA rebuild with that offensive line. He’d get killed.

    His book is written and he is a top 10 draft pick. He should not play in the bowl game and then show up in great shape at the combine. The Giants would draft him and let him learn behind Manning.

  2. No way should he play in some meaningless game. He’s gonna risk his entire livelihood for some floppy bowl game that only serves to enrich the fat cats at the school and NCAA, all the while claiming that they can’t pay the players.

    Give ‘me the deuces, and take your talents to the NFL.

  3. Make the University millions and risk injury or prepare for your future,!stay healthy, and prepare for the draft…easy decision. Focus on your career and skip the bowl. Don’t drip in the draft because of an exhibition game.

  4. Would he be better if he stayed another year? Undoubtedly. However, if he is going to be picked in the top five in the first round, as many expect him to be, what’s the point in returning to UCLA for another year. Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to see more players return because it gives them another year to improve and enjoy being a college kid before they enter the meatgrinder of the NFL. However, if kids like Rosen have the chance to leave early and sign a contract with the amount of money he can demand, I say go. A lot of things can happen. He could suffer a catastrophic injury (like the RB Lattimore from SoCar or the DB from Oregon) which can end his NFL career before it even begins. His stock could also draft. I don’t remember how high people expected Matt Barkley to be drafted in the first round but he returned for his senior year and had a mediocre year and dropped to the fourth round in the next year. Cardale Jones is another example. After the NC game he was projected to be drafted in the first round by some. He went back for his senior year and dropped to the 4th round. Whether or not they deserved to be drafted that high is irrelevant–if someone is willing to draft them that high and give them the money for that slot then more power to the player. I think these kids need to make a decision based partially on financial reasons simply because just one contract can set them up for the rest of their lives–if they are smart with their money.

    As far as sitting out the bowl game, I’d like to see them play but I understand if they don’t. Their first contract can set them up for life financially–if they are smart with their money. In the end, they have to do what they think is best for them. It’s their life and they deserve the right to make that decision.

  5. Does anyone else think this year’s QB prospects are straight-up trash? They seem woefully unprepared. Sure, there is Mayfield, but he might just be Beau Callahan from Draft Day.

  6. Watching him play he has all the physical traits that define a prototype quarterback, but he is still raw. Problem is this is such a qb driven league he would be drafted by a team with immediate need and he’d be thrown to the wolves. I’d stay one more year really focusing on mechanics and reads.

  7. im not a coach but this years crop of QB’s are overhyped. Darnold looks average, rosen is a smug punk and a beanpole. Mayfield could be another Colt McCoy.

  8. I think he bolts for the NFL, and that’s the smart money move. On the other hand, playing for Chip Kelly could vault him from a Top 15 pick to the #1 pick.

    Think of what Deshaun Watson did in 2016/17, and where he went in the draft (#12). Rosen had a far, far worse season. Even that win against A&M had two throws that should have been picks. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rosen drop to #25 or something like that, especially when you compare him to Watson’s draft stock.

  9. wonder who thought T Brady was ‘too thin’ to be an NFL QB when he came out as a spindly skinny kid from Michigan

  10. With Arizona very likely drafting somewhere between 4th to 7th in the NFL Draft along with 12 draft picks in the upcoming draft allowing them the ability to move up a few spots if they need to, I really like QB Josh Rosen and want Arizona to draft either Rosen or Mayfield but I fear Rosen isn’t going to be able to stay healthy in the NFL. Hopefully, he isn’t injured but just did not want to risk injury in a meaningless game being that he is going to declare. I think that Rosen is going to be an excellent NFL QB I just hope he can stay healthy and not miss games at the NFL Level.

  11. pastabelly said:”

    Rosen would be wasting his time with a UCLA rebuild with that offensive line. He’d get killed.

    His book is written and he is a top 10 draft pick. He should not play in the bowl game and then show up in great shape at the combine. The Giants would draft him and let him learn behind Manning.”

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    He won’t fall that far. If he were to come out early, Cleveland would most likely draft him. He has a tough decision to make. Stay in school risking injury, leave school most likely drafted by Cleveland.

    Perhaps he pulls an Eli/Elway and tries to determine his own NFL destination.

  12. milburg2 said:”
    Make the University millions and risk injury or prepare for your future,!stay healthy, and prepare for the draft…easy decision. Focus on your career and skip the bowl. Don’t drip in the draft because of an exhibition game.”

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    The average NFL career is relatively short. For whatever reason, many fans don’t have much value of a college education for athletes. That education is very important. Most athletes dn’t make it to the pros. If they do make it to the pros, they would be lucky if they didn’t get a career ending injury. Plus, add into it the fact that college education isn’t cheap. Athletes need to make the most of the opportunities they have, both in the classroom, and on the field of play.

  13. Either come out now and get drafted by the Browns or go back to school and get drafted next year by the Browns…tough call

  14. Rosen could still play in a bowl game on a limited basis if he is 100% healthy. It’s depressing to hear encouragement of quitting on your team. People who never played team sports just don’t understand that reality. Not everything in life is a business decision, members of UCLA’s coaching staff spent considerable time working with players who made little impact on the W/L record.

  15. I can’t remember a more interesting QB draft class. There are about 5 or 6 QBs that could potentially be the number 1 rated QB on various NFL team’s draft boards. I expect those lists to be juggled considerably before we finally get to draft day. This would be a great year to study each guy, and trust your own judgement. Do your own work. Don’t listen to everyone else, because they’re also listening to everyone else. People are going to be talking as if they’ve actually studied these guys, when in fact, most are just repeating what they heard the “experts” say. A lot of the “experts” have a lousy track record evaluating QB’s.

  16. upyoursnfu says:
    November 25, 2017 at 11:31 am
    Either come out now and get drafted by the Browns or go back to school and get drafted next year by the Browns…tough call
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    They passed on Wentz and Watson. They can just as easily pass on Rosen.

  17. If he stays in school another year, he could be the first overall pick in 3019 – which will still be the Browns. Then he won’t develop, and will be out of football in a couple of years.

    If he comes out this year, he’s a top 15 pick, and will go to a real team. He’ll have a way better shot at a second contract.

  18. Say what you want about Rosen, but the dude as tough as it gets.

    It’s an utter travesty that his talent was largely salted away by incompetent OL/WR recruiting by Mora and an incompetent defense that continually forced him to play from behind. I don’t even know if UCLA wins a game this year if not for Rosen. That team is BAAAAD.

  19. Say what you want about Rosen, but the dude as tough as it gets.

    It’s an utter travesty that his talent was largely salted away by incompetent OL/WR recruiting by Mora and a defense that continually forced him to play from behind. I don’t even know if UCLA wins a game this year if not for Rosen. That team is BAAAAD.

  20. He made some NFL throws last night. Granted our CAL defense is atrocious, but there were throws that not even an NFL corner could defend. I can’t comment on his leadership skills but he seems very whiney.

  21. MTLighthouse69 says:
    November 25, 2017 at 11:19 am
    pastabelly said:”

    Perhaps he pulls an Eli/Elway and tries to determine his own NFL destination.
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    we all sincerely hope that we never have to deal with the likes of a sheli or horseteeth arrogance again. both extremely overrated. one had to cheat to win anything and the other got caught up in selling fake used merchandise. (which the *wwnfl has buried as much as possible)

  22. im not a coach but this years crop of QB’s are overhyped. Darnold looks average, rosen is a smug punk and a beanpole. Mayfield could be another Colt McCoy.
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    This is all true. Also Luke Falk was supposed to be a dark horse, and yet can’t beat the University of Washington.

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