Josh Rosen making the most of makeshift offensive line

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There’s a reason many NFL teams don’t want to play rookie quarterbacks.

But the Cardinals have taken the problems with protecting theirs to a ridiculous extreme.

When left tackle D.J. Humphries was lost for the rest of the season to a knee injury, he became their sixth offensive lineman to go on injured reserve this season. That includes the entire projected starting five on the offensive line, a trend that began when center A.Q. Shipley was lost for the year in a preseason scrimmage.

“We can’t worry about what we don’t have at this time of the year,” Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said, via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic. “We just have to go out and execute.”

Of course, standing first-round pick Josh Rosen in front of a firing squad of replacement blockers might not be the best plan. Rosen has been sacked 26 times, including 23 in the last seven weeks.

So despite the fact that Shipley, Humphries, Justin Pugh, Mike IupatiJohn Wetzel, and Jeremy Vujnovich are on IR, they’re proceeding as best they can. They also cut veteran tackle Andre Smith because he was playing poorly, continuing the revolving door.

For the record, their starting offensive line at the moment is as follows: Seventh-round rookie left tackle Korey Cunningham, sixth-round rookie left guard Colby Gossett (who they signed off the Vikings practice squad), third-round rookie center Mason Cole, journeyman right guard Oday Aboushi, and right tackle Will Holden, a second-year player who was in camp with them, was cut, and was on the Saints’ and Colts’ practice squads this year.

“They’ve been battling their butts off up front,” Rosen said. “It has not been a distinctive change with the amount of time I’ve had in the pocket. They’re playing really hard and playing really well. There’s not really much of a drop off.”

That’s nice of Rosen to say, as he stands in a position no rookie quarterback should have to endure. But it could be worse — Imagine being Sam Bradford behind such a group.

12 responses to “Josh Rosen making the most of makeshift offensive line

  1. I don’t know if this dude will make it in the NFL but considering the shambolic clown show that is the AZ offensive line, year one definitely isn’t a fair assessment of his capabilities.

  2. I like how people make excuses for josh rosen and bash josh allen at every possible opportunity.
    Allen has as bad, if not worse, o line and WRs than rosen and Allen producing more. Yet theres still a large contingent of the media that will never admit that because they made their minds up about this years class of rookie QBs a long time ago

  3. spillertime21 says:
    December 6, 2018 at 9:44 am
    I like how people make excuses for josh rosen and bash josh allen at every possible opportunity.
    Allen has as bad, if not worse, o line and WRs than rosen and Allen producing more. Yet theres still a large contingent of the media that will never admit that because they made their minds up about this years class of rookie QBs a long time ago
    ——————————————
    Allen is the superior QB….

  4. This year’s QB class:
    1. Mayfield
    2. Rosen
    3. Darnold
    4. Jackson/Allen (running quarterbacks are all doomed to eventually fail)

    Rosen has a good pocket presence and can make plays. He’ll be fine, but the Cardinals need to put a better line together.

  5. All the Rosen is a bust comments… Can you imagine the verbal vomit that would have been spewed about Peyton Manning or Troy Aikman had social media or internet comment sections been mainstream their rookie years. lmao Armchair scouts and GM’s…

  6. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    They didn’t seem to have any trouble beating Green Bay.
    ==

    to be fair, the Cardinals lost when the Packers missed a last-second field goal, which I would hardly call “winning with no trouble.”
    A better example of “winning with no trouble” would be a Buffalo Bills team with an equally woeful offensive line going into Minnesota’s house and toying with the once-smug Vikings from start to finish on their way to a smackdown. 🙂

  7. Idiots projecting that Rosen is a bust… based on a rookie performance with an offensive line that’s just as green as he is? Stop saying “bust” people, you’re overusing the word.

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