Josh Rosen, QB Arizona Cardinals

General Info

  • Height: 6' 4"
  • Weight: 218 lbs
  • DOB: 02-10-1997

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Cardinals QB Josh Rosen to get more first-team work

Monday, August 13, 2018, 6:37pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Sam Bradford will get more work in this week’s preseason game, but the Cardinals want to see rookie Josh Rosen with the first unit, too, coach Steve Wilks said Monday.

The Cardinals play the Saints on Friday night.

Fantasy Impact:

Rosen finished his first preseason game 6-of-13 for 41 yards with zero touchdowns and zero interceptions, but he got no help from the Cardinals’ second-team offensive line. Backup center Daniel Munyer‘s shotgun snaps to Rosen were low, including one that that rolled to him. Munyer estimated he had “five or six bad ones,” the story said.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside

Make no mistake, Josh Rosen is ready to play as a rookie, and the presence of Sam Bradford on the Cardinals roster should not preclude the No. 10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft from starting right away. Rosen, an impressive prospect since his high school days, completed 60 percent of his passes at 7.5 yards per attempt with 23 passing touchdowns and just 11 interceptions as an 18-year-old true freshman at UCLA in 2015. He can have a similar immediate impact in Arizona in 2018, mainly because his outstanding footwork and reliable, pinpoint accuracy at the short and intermediate levels make him an ideal candidate to run a West Coast Offense in the NFL.

Fantasy Downside

According to NFL.com, Rosen lacks "plus arm strength." In addition, the league's scouting report suggests that Rosen will need to quell concerns surrounding leadership and coachability early on in order to establish a strong first impression and get his career off on the right foot. All of this plays into comments from his college coach, Jim Mora Jr., indicating Rosen is easily bored if not mentally challenged.

2018 Bottom Line

If one of the knocks against Rosen is indeed the fact he's "too smart," then incoming Cardinals coordinator Mike McCoy's version of the West Coast offense—which has been characterized as too complicated in past seasons—could make this a match made in heaven. Assuming Rosen earns the starting nod this season, David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald will provide the rookie with a solid fantasy foundation, even though the offensive line is still a work in progress. Don't be in a rush to invest draft capital, but don't be afraid to make a quick move in free agency if he starts fast.

2018 Strength of Schedule - ARI
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
10
WAS
8
@LAR
5
CHI
7
SEA
27
@SF
2
@MIN
9
DEN
27
SF
BYE25
@KC
30
OAK
4
@LAC
29
@GB
26
DET
16
@ATL
8
LAR
7
@SEA

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.