Josh Rosen: Saturday night a step in the right direction

AP

Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen got his first taste of NFL game action against the Chargers on Saturday night.

Sam Bradford started and played one series before turning over the reins of the offense to the first-round pick. Rosen went 6-of-13 for 41 yards without a touchdown or an interception, although he would have had one of the latter if Chargers cornerback Desmond King could have held onto one errant toss.

Rosen also had to deal with several bad snaps from center Daniel Munyer that coach Steve Wilks said “caused him a little bit of a problem going through his progressions” and the pass protection was shaky in general. Wilks said the team expects Rosen to get better and “learn and grow from” mistakes in his first outing.

“I thought I did some good things, some bad things, but for the most part, it was a step in the right direction,” Rosen said, via Kent Somers of AZCentral.com.

Rosen will try to take another one against the Saints in Arizona’s second preseason game, but the opener suggested quite a few of them will be needed to make any immediate push for a move up the depth chart.

9 responses to “Josh Rosen: Saturday night a step in the right direction

  1. Shipley was a catastrophic loss to a team already picked to win 5 to 6 games. Hard to see this them winning at all now. Lack of communication, inexperience, and lack of talent on that line will doom Bradford or whoever’s at qb to having a defensive lineman in their face on every snap. I feel sorry for Fitzgerald being subjected to such lousy prospects of winning. He’ll get his gold jacket but never experience being a Superbowl champion.

  2. Rosen had some drops by guys that will not be in camp much longer, had to face pass rushers with little to no help from his o line who also will not be in camp much longer while picking the ball up off the ground time and time again. Name me a rookie qb that could do so much better ever. He wasn’t perfect, however the deck was stacked against him last night. He will get better…

  3. Not a Cardinal fan but if that stiff who was repeatedly rolling the ball back to him manages to make his way onto their roster, Bradford and/or Rosen are gonna end up in body bags.

  4. The Cardinals just can’t get it right with the Oline and I blame the FO for this as they’ve had plenty of time for improvement. Whoever is at QB, is going to struggle w/o an experienced and competent Center and guys to protect him. Keim supposedly was an 0lineman in college so one would expect better hiring decisions (although that may require the willingness to pay them!!!).
    It’s really sad that someone as talented and smart as Rosen may waste his best years with an Organization who just doesn’t understand footballl! The coaching changes were great but they, like the players can only do so much and w/o the needed veterans and good decisions from the FO. As usual, the FO was placing everything on AQ Shipley and now the team, especially the QBs are screwed!
    After Fitzgerald, the offense has little to nothing in the way of receivers or legit TEs.The Cards have given a whole lot of hype and lip service to their draft class that, aside from Edmonds & Rosen showed very little.
    Phoenix already has a critical air quality problem w/o more gas from the Cards FO! All things considered, Rosen did a decent job and could have been as good as the other rookie QBs making their NFL debut had he been given the same talent around him as the others.

  5. After just ONE pre-season game, here are the stats for the rookie QBs who were drafted in the first round.

    Mayfield 11 for 20 212 yards 55.0 CMP% 10.60 avg 2 TD 0 INT 125.4 QBR

    Darnold 13 for 18 96 yards 72.2 CMP% 5.33 avg 1 TD 0 INT 103.0 QBR

    Allen 9 for 19 116 yards 47.4 CMP% 6.11 avg 1 TD 0 INT 84.5 QBR

    Jackson 7 for 18 119 yards 38.9 CMP% 6.61 avg 0 TD 0 INT 62.0 QBR

    Rosen 6 for 13 41 yards 46.2 CMP% 3.15 avg 0 TD 0 INT 53.7 QBR

    Unfortunately for Rosen, the Cards and Cards fans, Rosen did not make any of the other teams who passed on him, regret passing on him. Rosen showed timing, reading, ball placement, and decision making (that should have been an INT) errors like those Allen and Jackson also showed.

    These are also the same weaknesses Rosen showed while at UCLA, often against lesser opponents.

    What these stats after one preseason game do show is Rosen was never the MOST NFL READY college QB to be drafted and Rosen IS NOWHERE READY to start in place of Bradford. Hopefully, those who kept pushing this fantasy narrative can stop this nonsense, eat their words, and get back to reporting reality.

    Cards fans can only hope that Rosen can somehow use his genius brain to improve his football skills to where he can begin to perform like someone who can eventually be a NFL franchise QB and not just a rookie who can sometimes throw accurately, talk the in and outs about the playbook, and look good in practice. As the NFL has proven over and over again, it takes much more to become a successful NFL franchise QB.

  6. kamthechancellor says:
    August 12, 2018 at 9:39 am
    Shipley was a catastrophic loss to a team already picked to win 5 to 6 games. Hard to see this them winning at all now. Lack of communication, inexperience, and lack of talent on that line will doom Bradford or whoever’s at qb to having a defensive lineman in their face on every snap. I feel sorry for Fitzgerald being subjected to such lousy prospects of winning. He’ll get his gold jacket but never experience being a Superbowl champion.

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    Mason Cole is an upgrade. Had you of actually watched the game before commenting, you’d know Cole and the first team Offensive Line absolutely dominated, particulary in the run game . SD could not stop getting mowed over on Arizona’s way to the end zone as McCoy called run after run.

  7. Chad Konoff looked far more game ready and accomplished than Rosen. Pity he won’t fet a shot because he is a free agent from a smart boy school.

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