Treated unfairly with Cardinals, Rosen must quickly deliver for Dolphins

The world of pro football hasn’t been exceedingly kind to Josh Rosen in the year and change he has spent in its confines. A new beginning has presented itself in Miami, yet for a quarterback, such constant upheaval early in a career often has dire results.

Rosen may not have been the only quarterback in the 2018 class to be unfairly maligned coming into the draft — Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson can attest to that. The knocks on Rosen, however, were the sort of things that show that the league’s media apparatus saw him as unlikable from the get-go.

Rosen was said to be too much of an independent thinker who didn’t possess the single-minded obsession with the game that football culture has come to not only revere but demand of its quarterbacks. It didn’t help that his former college coach, Jim Mora, made comments almost tailor-made to alienate Rosen from the NFL fandom, which tends to skew older and more culturally conservative than other major sports leagues.

“He needs to be challenged intellectually so he doesn’t get bored. He’s a millennial. He wants to know why,” Mora said last spring. “Millennials, once they know why, they’re good. Josh has a lot of interests in life. If you can hold his concentration level and focus only on football for a few years, he will set the world on fire. He has so much ability, and he’s a really good kid.”

Those weren’t meant to be entirely damning words. Yet in the mind of football people, who often view a detail-obsessed micro-manager like Peyton Manning as the be-all, end-all of quarterbacking, they certainly seemed like it. Obviously, a pro team doesn’t — and shouldn’t — want its most important player to be a complete scatterbrain who can’t focus, but it’s probably not great for anyone to insist that a player not care about anything other than his sport and have no outside interests.

If those criticisms set some fans on edge, they didn’t hurt Rosen’s draft position much. He was taken 10th overall by Arizona, the fourth of five QBs selected in the first round last year. Rosen ended up having a lousy rookie season, posting atrocious figures in critical categories such as completion percentage (55.2), yards per attempt (5.8), and passer rating (66.7), yet one would have a hard time arguing he wasn’t set up for failure. His first offensive coordinator in the pros, Mike McCoy, was fired at mid-season. Arizona’s offensive line was rated the worst pass-blocking unit in the league by Pro Football Focus. His best and most productive weapon was a 35-year-old Larry Fitzgerald, who put up career-worst yardage numbers (734) as retirement creeps closer.

Even if Rosen had stayed in Arizona, he was going to have to learn a new offensive system and deal with new coaches in 2019. So in that sense, going to a new team isn’t that much of a departure. How it happened, though, was a disaster that is likely to unfairly dog Rosen. Just as the Giants recently made assurances they wouldn’t trade Odell Beckham before doing exactly that, Arizona earlier this year brushed off talk of dealing Rosen, which the Cardinals ended up doing 2 1/2 months later.

Much was made of the fact that Rosen unfollowed the Cardinals on various social media platforms after the team made quarterback Kyler Murray the first overall pick in this year’s draft. In terms of pettiness, it’s relatively minor and passive-aggressive, and you could easily argue deserved on the part of Arizona. Yet it was enough in the content-starved expanse of the NFL off-season to become a controversy. NFL Network’s Steve Smith, no stranger to public outbursts in his playing days, lambasted Rosen during live draft coverage about what the former receiver saw as immaturity and a lack of desire to compete.

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By: Michael Tunison

 

NFL stars who could be traded during the 2019 draft

The NFL Draft is when the league meets its newest young stars. As for those already established, some of them may find new homes too.

Here are 12 veterans who could be traded during the 2019 NFL Draft:

Derek Carr

Most of the signs point to the Raiders keeping their young quarterback. For one, the team staged Antonio Brown meeting the signal-caller at Carr’s house. That would be all for not if Oakland now deals Carr. Every other move this offseason — signing Tyrell Williams and Trent Brown — has also been made under the assumption the Raiders already have their quarterback in place. But Raiders general manager Mike Mayock is sending mixed signals. He said, “we love Derek (Carr)” and yet has also repeated that the Raiders will “do all of our due diligence” at quarterback like every other position. It sounds like if the quarterback Mayock and Jon Gruden really like in the draft is available to them, Carr could be gone.

Leonard Fournette

Trade rumors were circling the third-year running back in January after executive vice president Tom Coughlin criticized Fournette for his actions on the team’s sideline during the season finale. The two sides appeared to make up, but then on April 11 police arrested Fournette for speeding and “knowingly driving with a suspended license.” Coach Doug Marrone told the media on April 16 that Fournette will not face team discipline for the arrest. Apparently, he’s ready to let the incident blow over, but will the front office feel the same way if a team offers the Jaguars an interesting deal for Fournette at the draft?

Tyreek Hill

Similar to Fournette, Hill is facing off-the-field problems this offseason that could jeopardize his tenure with his current team. Hill’s situation, though, is a lot more dire. Police are currently investigating Hill’s connection with two incidents of suspected child abuse. This is an extremely complicated situation because even if Hill isn’t charged with a crime, he could face a suspension.  The Chiefs didn’t waste any time dumping Kareem Hunt last fall, and it’s worth wondering if they might garner a trade for the speedster at the draft. The Athletic’s Jay Glazer reported that Hill was at the center of trade talks during the NFL combine, but if a trade is done now, Kansas City would be getting pennies on the dollar for Hill, who, in addition to possibly facing a suspension, wants a new contract.

Frank Clark

The Seahawks placed the franchise tag on Clark this offseason, but despite the possibility of making some $17 million in 2019, Clark has threatened to hold out if he doesn’t receive a long-term agreement. No team wants a Le’Veon Bell situation, and the Seahawks would like to avoid the Earl Thomas distraction they had last year too. This could lead to Clark getting traded at the draft, although as of April 14 Jay Glazer reported trade talks for Clark had “died down.”

Jack Doyle

The Colts tight end posted career bests in 2017, recording 80 receptions for 690 yards and four touchdowns. But then with the arrival of Eric Ebron in 2018, Doyle saw his targets decrease from 7.2 per game to 5.5 each contest. Doyle also missed 10 games because of injury, which led to him catching only 26 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns in 2018. If the Colts are comfortable with Ebron and Mo Alie-Cox at tight end, they could shop Doyle at the draft.

Josh Rosen

Although technically not a star yet, Rosen qualifies for our list because he was the No. 10 overall pick a year ago. Rosen threw for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while averaging 5.8 yards per attempt as a rookie in 2018. As of right now, there’s no telling whether Rosen is truly going to develop into a star or not because he had little help with the Cardinals last year. It might not matter, though, as Arizona is rumored to be selecting quarterback Kyler Murray at No. 1 overall. If that happens, Rosen will be one of the hottest topics during the first round of the draft.

Duke Johnson

The Browns seemed to like the idea of three strong backs on the depth chart after they signed Kareem Hunt, but Johnson apparently wants no part of it. On April 8 Johnson requested to be traded, according to cleveland.com. Johnson has also refused to show up to the beginning of Cleveland’s offseason program. The best time for the Browns to address this issue is during the draft with a trade.

A.J. Green

Trading Green would almost guarantee the Bengals will finish in the AFC North cellar, but with Cincinnati seemingly in rebuilding mode, dealing the seven-time Pro Bowler is not the worst idea. Green turns 31 this summer and hasn’t been able to finish two of the last three years because of injuries. In 2018 he recorded 46 catches for 694 yards and six touchdowns in nine games.  Because of the injuries, his value is already on the downswing. It might be wise to embrace a full rebuild and see what value Green has on the trade market.

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Report: Cardinals not currently showing willingness to trade Josh Rosen

The trade status of QB Josh Rosen has become a big topic of late, but the media may be a little ahead of the Arizona Cardinals on the subject.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the Cardinals received inquiries from many teams at the NFL Combine but did not show a willingness to trade Rosen.

Schefter notes the Cardinals could end up dealing Rosen, but they haven’t shown willingness to do so at present.

Arizona traded up in last year’s draft to take Rosen at No. 10, so it obviously thinks highly of him. At the same time, they now have a new head coach who likes Kyler Murray, and they may want to select the Heisman Trophy winner with the No 1 overall pick in the draft.

Arizona needs to make sure it is going to take a new quarterback in this year’s draft before deciding to trade Rosen. Evaluating this year’s crop of QBs is a huge decision and the Cardinals should focus on that before seeking the best return for Rosen, which is what it sounds like they are doing.

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By: Larry Brown

Cardinals could not get more than third-round pick for Josh Rosen?

The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly leaning toward taking Kyler Murray with the first overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, but they may not be pleased with what teams are willing to offer — or not offer — in potential trades for Josh Rosen.

Peter King of NBC Sports asked former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, who lives in Arizona, what he thinks Rosen’s trade value is. Warner said he would give up a third-round pick for the former UCLA star. A “renowned” NFL general manager later told King the same.

“Probably a three,” the GM said. “Not what the Cardinals would think his value is.”

The Cardinals obviously believed Rosen could be their franchise quarterback when they traded traded third-round and fifth-round picks to move up five spots to draft him last year. However, that was under a previous coaching regime, and it’s not exactly a secret that Kliff Kingsbury loves Murray.

Rosen was shaky after Arizona handed him the starting job last year. He threw 14 interceptions compared to just 11 touchdowns, but the Cardinals were a below-average team and starting in the NFL as a rookie is never easy. If teams are only willing to give up a third-round pick for Rosen or less, that may have more to do with them knowing Arizona has no intention of keeping him.

One team has reportedly spoken openly about trading for Rosen, so things could change if there are multiple suitors.

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Winners and losers from NFL Week 7

If we’re being honest, there was a ton of really bad football on display during the action in NFL Week 7.

We should have seen it coming, though, after what transpired as NFL Network reporter Melissa Stark was previewing the London game.

Thankfully some outstanding performances did take place, somewhat balancing out the scales. But overall, Week 7 was one many players and teams would rather forget.

With that in mind, let’s dive into the biggest winners and losers.

Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold Declare for NFL Draft

Written by ESPN News Staff at ESPN.com

Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold were often compared to each other as the starting quarterbacks of Los Angeles’ top two college programs; now they’ll be in the same draft class as each has declared for the NFL draft.

Rosen, UCLA’s signal-caller, made his announcement on Twitter, while USC’s Darnold took to Instagram to inform the world of his decision.

In his Instagram video, Darnold thanked his family, friends and the USC coaching staff, especially head coach Clay Helton, for “trusting in a kid from San Clemente High School with such little game tape and for giving me the opportunity and chance to start at such an incredible university.”

Finding game tape now on Darnold and Rosen won’t be a problem for NFL evaluators.

Rosen threw for 3,754 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season for a Bruins squad that finished a disappointing 6-7.

Darnold bested Rosen with 4,143 yards but threw just as many touchdown passes and three more interceptions for an 11-3 Trojans team that lost to Ohio State in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

Rosen wasn’t available for his team’s Cactus Bowl loss to Kansas State, as he was recovering from a concussion sustained in the team’s final regular-season game. It was the second concussion Rosen sustained during the season; he also missed the team’s Nov. 3 loss to Utah.

“I wish we had won more games, but friendships were forged and memories were made that will last a lifetime,” Rosen said in his statement posted on Twitter.

ESPN analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have Rosen as the top-rated draft-eligible quarterback. Kiper has Rosen at fourth overall in his latest Big Board. McShay has him No. 1 overall in his latest Top 32.

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Josh Rosen Doesn’t Believe School And Football Go Together

Written by ESPN Staff at ESPN.com

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen discussed the academic challenges involved with being a college football player in a wide-ranging interview with Bleacher Report, saying “football and school don’t go together” and suggesting that Alabama would not be as successful if the Crimson Tide were to raise the SAT requirement.

Rosen, who has been outspoken on the issue of amateurism in college sports, told Bleacher Report that “human beings don’t belong in school with our schedules.”

When asked about the inherent conflict of being a college student and a football player, Rosen referred to Alabama, which won four of the past eight national championships.

“Look, football and school don’t go together,” Rosen said. “They just don’t. Trying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs. There are guys who have no business being in school, but they’re here because this is the path to the NFL. There’s no other way.

“Then there’s the other side that says raise the SAT eligibility requirements. OK, raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have. You lose athletes and then the product on the field suffers.”

Rosen, an economics major who is entering his junior season at UCLA, focused on the lucrative business of college football, saying “there’s so much money being made in this sport.”

“No one in their right mind should have a football player’s schedule and go to school,” he said. “It’s not that some players shouldn’t be in school; it’s just that universities should help them more — instead of just finding ways to keep them eligible.

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Josh Rosen Out For The Season


Written by John Tyler at College Football Talk.com

Josh Rosen began the season as a Heisman favorite and was being talked about as the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NFL draft were the sophomore eligible.  Two months later, the UCLA quarterback will end the season on the sidelines holding a clipboard and wearing a baseball cap.

Probably.

While there has been no official confirmation from the school, BruinsReportOnline.comis reporting that, citing multiple sources, Rosen is more than likely out for the remainder of the year.  Subsequent to that, FOXSports.com‘s Bruce Feldman tweeted that Rosen’s expected to be out for the rest of the season.

The reports don’t come as much of a surprise as Rosen has been dealing with a lingering nerve issue in his shoulder. Earlier this week it was reported that Rosen wasn’t expected to return anytime soon.

Not only could Rosen’s 2016 season be over, but there could be long-term ramifications for the quarterback.  From the Scout.com website:

The type of injury is a potentially serious one, with very little method to determine if the shoulder will regain healthy nerve activity and the time frame for recovery. Other quarterbacks who have had a similar injury to Rosen’s have had a wide range of recovery results, with some returning within several weeks, and others being out for a more extended period. Some quarterbacks with a severe version of the injury have had to eventually undergo surgery for symptoms that arise from further complications, which could lead to a recovery of multiple months. It has also led ultimately to the end of some quarterbacks’ careers.

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