ATLANTA -- Josh Rosen has been moving around the country for the past two years. He's gone from Arizona to Miami, Tampa Bay, San Francisco to San Francisco and now back to Atlanta. Even though he didn't achieve on-field success, Rosen felt that he was learning at each stop.
After all he had experienced, he knew what he was getting himself into when he signed with Atlanta Falcons.
Rosen stated that people say that you don't get another chance to make a first impression. This is true in the macro sense of NFL. "I've said some stupid things that I don't like, but I've had many chances to make a first impression on new teams and each one has been a bit better."
He knew that he would have to make a quick decision in Atlanta. Rosen trained for Atlanta on Monday and signed with the club Tuesday. He also had his first practice Wednesday, and his first in-practice work on Thursday. After suffering a season-ending injury, Rosen was able to play the whole second half for the Falcons. 2 quarterback AJ McCarron.
Rosen's first series ended in a fumble, which led to a turnover. Rosen also made at least two mistakes with pass-catchers, leading to incomplete passes and no one being in the vicinity of the ball during halftime. He also showed promise, leading Atlanta to a touchdown drive that was their only passing touchdown of preseason. He completed 9 of 18 passes for 118 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Two of his incomplete passes were dropped.
Rosen stated, "You never know when you'll get an opportunity. You have to seize it." It was fun, even though I felt like a chicken running around with my head cut off at times. Although I could have done more, it was still a productive evening.
He was under pressure when he made the touchdown pass of 7 yards to Juwan Green. He made a great throw and showed the promise that made them the No. The Arizona Cardinals drafted him as the 10th overall pick in 2018. Rosen felt a sense relief after Sunday's win. He said that Sunday night was his most confident in the ball being released from his hand in a while.
Rosen stated that Atlanta head coach Arthur Smith increased the number of plays they would call as the game progressed. This was because Smith had run through his pre-planned list of options before they started. Smith would then ask Rosen through the headset if he was able to perform a particular play. Rosen replied that he was, and asked the receivers to confirm.
Rosen stated, "The feeling of throwing the touchdown pass and celebrating with kind of teammates that come up to the sideline and getting the high-fives and head slaps, that's just something I haven't felt in a while." It felt great. It was like a shot in golf that brings back your memory or like this. This is why we do it.
After a week of staying up late, coming in early and asking Ryan questions, it was learning as he went along. This is Rosen's growth from following Ryan Fitzpatrick around Miami and learning as much as possible from him. He then went to Tampa Bay last season in order to absorb as much from Tom Brady.
When he signed with San Francisco, he hoped that it would lead to something. He was disappointed that it didn't work out, but he felt it could have given him a great opportunity in Atlanta. He showed the Falcons something in just a week.
Smith stated that he believed Rosen handled the information well and displayed his talent.
Rosen stayed on the team past Tuesday's 53 player cut. Smith was not committed.
Smith stated, "We won’t rush to judgement here." "But I give Josh credit. "But Josh came in and handled it, but we'll consider everything. "I'm not ready to make this statement right now."
Rosen has been with the Falcons for five seasons. He was cut twice. He has been through several coaching changes and changes to his scheme. He has gone from being a highly sought-after prospect to being a player who is signed with more teams than any other year in the league. He believes that it has made him smarter. He is more mature. Higher overall, which is a plus for football.
Rosen stated that he feels more competent than ever in seizing opportunities because he has grown as an individual since his rookie year. Rosen said, "I feel like I've matured as an adult and as a person. Funny enough, after seeing how my career has progressed, I feel like I am in a better place as a person.
It's a great feeling to go out and have fun playing football. It was something I didn't see.