ESPN: Slim chance Cardinals rookie QB Josh Rosen starts Week 1
Arizona Cardinals first-round pick Josh Rosen has been the talk of the town since arriving in Phoenix.
The rookie has looked impressive so far in training camp, but don’t expect to see the franchise’s hope for the future on the field Week 1.
With two veteran quarterbacks on the roster in Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon, the Cardinals have options at quarterback. Learning from the sideline can be very beneficial for young quarterbacks, and the Cardinals don’t want to set Rosen up to fail.
ESPN looked at the class of rookie quarterbacks, and determined there’s a five percent chance Rosen begins the season under center for the Cardinals.
Rosen has looked confident and poised from Day 1 of camp, having had several practices with fellow rookies in the days leading up it. He opened camp as the backup to Sam Bradford and worked with the No. 2 offense all week. Coach Steve Wilks and offenseive coordinator Mike McCoy are quick to praise but just as quick to mention Rosen’s level of confusion as he works through reads and progressions.
The article also noted that Rosen has the physical tools and the confidence from his teammates to have success in the NFL.
With Sam Bradford already on the roster there is no need to rush Rosen onto the field if he isn’t ready.
Rosen looks good for a rookie, but Bradford is running the offense like he has been immersed in it for a couple of years. McCoy’s offense is new to everyone, so Rosen isn’t as far behind as he would be if the starter and offensive coordinator has been in place. The Cardinals also have an experienced backup quarterback in Mike Glennon, so with tow NFL-tested signal-callers, Rosen won’t see the field if he ends up as the No. 3.
The Cardinals open up their preseason schedule this Saturday at home against the Los Angeles Chargers. Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks didn’t specify how long Rosen will play on Saturday, but he did say he will receive “quite a bit” of playing time.