After being a top 10 selection by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2018 draft, Josh Rosen has already found a new home as he prepares for his second professional season. Has Miami Found Their Franchise Quarterback in Josh Rosen?
The Miami Dolphins acquired the California native on the second day of the 2019 NFL draft. This move came as no surprise, as the Cardinals seem prepared to roll with their number one overall pick Kyler Murray going into the future.
With other teams such as the New York Giants, New England Patriots, and Los Angeles Chargers all being potential suitors for Rosen, Miami pulled the trigger by sending Arizona a second round pick.
With the Ryan Tannehill era ending in the offseason, Ryan Fitzpatrick joined the team as a veteran holdover.
However now, for the first time since the team thought Tannehill would be the long term answer, the Dolphins have a sense of optimism at their quarterback position.
Rosen was a three-year starter at UCLA, throwing for 59 touchdowns, 26 interceptions, and a 140 passer rating.
He ended up being the fourth quarterback taken in the top 10 of the 2018 NFL Draft. Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, and Josh Allen not only went before Rosen, but all seem positioned to be the face of their franchises for years to come.
In the “Chosen Rosen’s” first year as a quarterback, he struggled mightily. In 14 games he threw only 11 touchdowns to 14 interceptions, accompanied by a 66.7 passer rating.
Even though the 45 sacks given up by the offensive line didn’t help, Arizona felt that Rosen didn’t show enough to earn another chance instead of their new electric athlete Kyler Murray.
Classy as ever, Rosen thanked the Cardinals organization in an Instagram post. The chip on his shoulder though remains bigger than ever.
As Miami prepares for its next chapter with Rosen, there is a sense of optimism. The guy they’re bringing in was not the 10th overall pick for no reason.
Rosen lacks plus arm strength as well as having some durability issues. However, legitimate concerns stop there.
Rosen has elite level footwork thanks to an extensive tennis background. This proves to be very helpful inside and outside of the pocket.
While a lot of his reads will need to be pre-snap, Rosen has the brains to do just that. Combined with his smarts are his feathery soft throws.
Whether they’re over the shoulder fades or throwing a receiver open, Rosen has a beautiful touch. This touch makes up for his slightly subpar arm strength.
Despite the stats from his rookie season, Miami is getting a gem in Rosen.
Rosen has the talent in his arsenal, a chip on his shoulder, and a fresh home. The Dolphins may have played their cards right into finding their new franchise quarterback.