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Author: Jon Kuzma
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There were a lot of people who seemed to doubt Josh Rosen throughout the NFL combine and pre-draft evaluations. The knock on the former UCLA quarterback was that he doesn’t have what it takes to lead a pro team but those rumors seem to be completely false. Rosen took over the winless Cardinals and instantly improved them offensively. The 2018 first round pick brings a lot of charisma to Arizona and his teammates have responded to that positively. The result is much more trust among the players on that side of the ball. Which is why Josh Rosen was able to lead the Cardinals to their first win over the San Francisco 49ers. With 170 yards, 1 touchdown, and no interceptions it wasn’t the best game from the 10th overall selection (Rosen) but he did do enough to win and that’s all that matters. That stat line is much better than seeing Sam Bradford throw for 90 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception like he did against Los Angeles (Rams). Based off the improvement in production, win total, and positive energy it’s becoming clear that this is Rosen’s team for the foreseeable future. The next step will be putting the pieces around him to really improve this franchise’s ability to score. If Arizona’s General Manager Steve Keim wants to get a couple of weapons for cheap. He should look at acquiring Cameron Brate from the Buccaneers and Laquon Treadwell from the Vikings. Tampa Bay has O.J Howard so they would probably part ways with Brate for a bargain price. While Minnesota has Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs making Treadwell another potential low cost trade. Most people might be saying “why Laquon Treadwell? Didn’t he struggle with the Vikings?” The answer is yes but he’s finally starting to become a reliable player. Mike Zimmer is frustrated with Treadwell though and they clearly want to move on which creates an opportunity for the Cardinals to pick him up at a discount rate. Eric Ebron is a good example of this. Ebron struggled with Detroit and as soon as he started to produce the Lions cut him. After signing with the Colts Ebron now leads the league in receiving touchdowns by tight ends (5). Proving that players can evolve later on in their career. Both of these weapon would help Rosen succeed and then Keim should think about signing Dez Bryant or Rishard Matthews. We all know it takes talent to win.
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Josh Rosen is definitely good enough to lead an NFL team and now the Arizona Cardinals are his moving forward.