Aug 29, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Josh Rosen (16) is shown on the sideline during their game against the Cleveland Browns at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Rosen makes Falcons’ 53-man roster

Former high first-round pick Josh Rosen has found another home, making the Atlanta Falcons’ 53-man roster.

The Falcons are carrying three quarterbacks; Feleipe Franks, an undrafted rookie, also made the team behind starting QB Matt Ryan.

The Falcons signed Rosen on Aug. 24 after AJ McCarron went down with a season-ending ACL injury. McCarron was in line to be Ryan’s primary backup.

Rosen, 24, was the No. 10 overall selection by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2018 NFL Draft. After a rocky rookie season — a 3-10 record as a starter, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions — the Cardinals traded him to the Miami Dolphins and selected Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in 2019.

The Dolphins lost all three games he started in Miami in 2019 and released Rosen. He did not see game action in 2020, spending most of the season on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad before the San Francisco 49ers signed him in December.

San Francisco released Rosen earlier this month.

In his career, Rosen has completed 54.8 percent of his passes (275 of 502) for 2,845 yards with 12 TDs and 19 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Jul 28, 2021; Santa Clara, CA, USA;  San Francisco 49ers quarterback Josh Rosen (3) throws the ball during training camp at the SAP Performance Facility.  Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: QB Josh Rosen to vie for backup job with Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons will sign Josh Rosen to compete for the chance to back up quarterback Matt Ryan, multiple outlets reported.

The Falcons are seeking a No. 2 quarterback after AJ McCarron was lost for the season with a torn ACL in Saturday’s 37-17 preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins. Aside from Ryan, undrafted rookie Feleipe Franks is the only quarterback on the roster.

Rosen, still only 24, was the No. 10 overall selection by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2018 NFL Draft. After Rosen’s rocky first season — a 3-10 record as a starter, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions — the Cardinals traded him to the Miami Dolphins and selected Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in 2019.

The Dolphins lost all three games he started in Miami in 2019 and released Rosen. He did not see game action in 2020, having spent most of the season on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad before the San Francisco 49ers signed him in December.

He was released last week.

In his career, Rosen has completed 54.8 percent of his passes (275 of 502) for 2,845 yards with 12 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Sep 1, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) stand with quarterbacks coach Robby Brown (L) during training camp at Baptist Health Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Injury-riddled 49ers reportedly will sign QB Rosen

The San Francisco 49ers — down to one healthy quarterback — reportedly will sign Josh Rosen to serve as the backup signal-caller this weekend, according to a report from ESPN on Tuesday night.

Rosen most recently has been part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad. The 23-year-old entered the league as a first-round draft pick (No. 10 overall) in 2018 out of UCLA, but he bounced from the Arizona Cardinals to the Miami Dolphins in his first two seasons before getting a practice-squad invite to Tampa Bay.

In 20 career games (16 starts), Rosen has completed 54.8 percent of his passes for 2,845 yards, 12 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. His career passer rating is 63.5.

C.J. Beathard had been the 49ers’ lone signal-caller heading into Saturday’s game against Arizona. Fellow quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo (high-ankle sprain) and Nick Mullens (elbow) are out with injuries, and the team placed practice squad quarterback Josh Johnson on the Reserve/COVID-19 list this week.

San Francisco (5-9) has lost three in a row and six of seven.

–Field Level Media

Sep 4, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, United States; Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) attempts a pass during training camp at Baptist Health Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers sign QB Rosen to practice squad

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen to their practice squad Tuesday.

Rosen, the No. 10 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, was released by the Dolphins on Saturday.

He was 0-3 as a starter for the Dolphins in 2019, completing 53.2 percent of his passes for 567 yards with one touchdown and five interceptions.

Rosen compiled a 3-10 record with the Cardinals in 2018, completing 55.2 percent of his throws for 2,278 yards with 11 TDs and 14 picks.

Tom Brady is the starter for Tampa Bay, with Blaine Gabbert opening the season as the backup and Ryan Griffin as the No. 3 quarterback.

–Field Level Media

Sep 4, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, United States; Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) stretches during training camp at Baptist Health Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: QB Rosen to join Bucs’ practice squad

Quarterback Josh Rosen will be signing a contract to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad, the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero reported on Sunday.

Rosen, 23, will be suiting up for his third team in as many years. The former first-round pick went unclaimed on waivers after being released by the Miami Dolphins earlier in the weekend.

Per the report, Rosen elected to join the Buccaneers’ practice squad because it was a better fit given that his salary for the season was already guaranteed.

Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin are on the team’s active roster behind six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady, who signed a two-year contract in the offseason.

It has been a rocky road for Rosen, who was the No. 10 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He started 13 games during his rookie season in the desert.

Rosen was traded to the Dolphins on draft day in 2019 shortly after the Cardinals selected Kyler Murray with the top overall pick.

Rosen appeared in 14 games for the Cardinals in 2018, passing for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He started three of his six games with the Dolphins last season, throwing for 567 yards, one TD and five interceptions.

The Dolphins gave up a second-round pick in 2019 and a fifth-round selection in 2020 to obtain Rosen.

–Field Level Media

Sep 4, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, United States; Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) stretches during training camp at Baptist Health Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Dolphins to release QB Rosen

One day after it was revealed the Miami Dolphins were willing to field trade inquiries for backup quarterback Josh Rosen, the team released the once-heralded signal caller instead, according to multiple reports Friday.

It has been a rocky road for the 23-year-old since leaving UCLA. The Southern California native was the No. 10 overall selection in the 2018 draft by the Arizona Cardinals, starting 13 games during his rookie season in the desert.

After the Cardinals drafted Kyler Murray No. 1 overall in 2019, Rosen was traded on draft day to the Miami Dolphins. Now Rosen is looking to join his third team in three years.

Rosen appeared in 14 games for the Cardinals in 2018, passing for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He started three of his six games with the Dolphins last season, throwing for 567 yards, one TD and five interceptions.

The Dolphins gave up a second-round pick in 2019 and a fifth-round selection in 2020 to obtain Rosen.

The move means the Dolphins will proceed with Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback this season, with Tua Tagovailoa as his backup. Tagovailoa was the No. 5 overall selection by the Dolphins in the most recent draft.

–Field Level Media

Sep 1, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) stand with quarterbacks coach Robby Brown (L) during training camp at Baptist Health Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dolphins fielding offers for QB Rosen

The Miami Dolphins are fielding trade offers for quarterback Josh Rosen, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday.

Rosen, 23, lost all three of his starts for the Dolphins last season and appears to have lost the backup QB job in Miami to rookie first-round draft pick Tua Tagovailoa. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the returning starter for the Dolphins.

Miami acquired Rosen from Arizona in April 2019, trading a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 fifth-rounder to the Cardinals.

Rosen, the 10th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, started 13 games as a rookie for the Cardinals but became expendable when Arizona decided to draft quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall selection in 2019.

Rosen is 3-13 as an NFL starter and has completed 54.8 percent of his passes for 2,845 yards with 12 touchdowns and 19 interceptions in 20 games.

–Field Level Media

2018 NFL Draft: Rosen takes early lead in QB race

College football is back, as evidenced by UCLA completing one of the greatest comebacks in history against Texas A&M this past week.
The Bruins stormed back from a 44-10 deficit late in the third quarter to emerge victorious, 45-44. The improbable comeback was largely attributed to the heroics of UCLA’s Junior quarterback – and touted 2018 draft prospect – Josh Rosen.
UCLA’s offense struggled early, as last season’s pass protection woes continued to prove problematic, while Rosen only completed about 50 percent of his first-half throws. However, evaluators will have noted multiple positives: Rosen took a balance of snaps both under center and in the shotgun with ease, he consistently compensated for an extreme lack of protection with a quick read + release, as well as exhibiting good pocket-mobility.
As the Bruins’ offense upped its tempo in the beginning of the fourth quarter, Josh Rosen seemingly developed a better rhythm and looked increasingly comfortable while moving the ball downfield in 10-15 yard increments. Methodical, cerebral, and never putting ball security at risk.
Comeback aside, what set Rosen’s performance apart from his 2018 quarterback classmates in week 1 was his ability to control the opposing secondary with look-offs and pump fakes. The second-half tape was ripe with NFL-esque window throws, and – to my quiet intrigue – Rosen would often change his arm angle dependent on the play, adjusting the release point of passes in order to avoid interference from defenders.
It was hardly a perfect game from the 2014 USA Today HS All-American, but mental fortitude is paramount in the evaluation game for quarterbacks. USC’s blue-chip passer Sam Darnold – who Rosen will compete with for the distinction of top eligible quarterback in this year’s draft – has a signature performance under his belt after last season’s Rose Bowl, and now Rosen has his.
Josh Rosen stat line vs. Texas A&M: 35/59 (59.3%), 491 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, 2 fumbles (2 lost)
Elsewhere…
•  Speaking of Sam Darnold: the Trojans’ redshirt-Sophomore passer got off to a painfully slow start against upstart Western Michigan at home. He was lacking intermediate-long range potency, completing mostly short-range passes in bunches. He finished with no touchdowns and two interceptions, but his team won. Darnold faces Stanford on prime time this weekend.
• Many people are hot on imposing Wyoming gunslinger Josh Allen, but for now the big-armed passer with size I’m fixated on is Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph. Though his Cowboys faced lowly Tulsa, good players take advantage of poor competition. He was dialed in from the outset, completing 20/24 passes (83.3%), for 303 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT. Rudolph’s first real test this season comes week 3 at Pittsburgh.
• While on the subject of Josh Allen, Wyoming’s offense was a horror show at Iowa converting just 5 of 18 third downs. Allen is purely a shotgun passer and while he flashed his elite arm talent and pocket athleticism, his performance was littered with dangerous throws. Though he’d occasionally throw the ball away on the scramble when running out of space, he would often fall susceptible to trusting his arm too much. His day ended 23/40 (57.5%), 174 yards, 0 TD, 2 INTs. The next test evaluators will eagerly await is when Oregon comes to Laramie on September 16 for week 3. To me, the Carson Wentz comparisons are lazy, but Allen’s talent base is undeniable.
• Lastly, Louisville’s elite dual-threat (and Heisman candidate) Lamar Jackson picked up where he left off last year, completing 65.2% of his week 1 passes against Purdue, throwing for 378 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT + 107 yards rushing. For what it’s worth, Washington State gunslinger Luke Falk completed 84.6% for 311 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT against minnow Montana State. He’ll face Boise State at home next week and his performance this year could elevate him into the first round.
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