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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Articles tagged: Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen gives boldest, cockiest quote of the draft

Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen had a reputation entering the draft for being cocky and unafraid to speak his mind. He held with that theme after being selected No. 10 overall by the Arizona Cardinals.

Rosen spoke with the media after being picked and said he was “pissed off” about being the fourth quarterback taken. But his truly bold comment was saying “there were nine mistakes ahead of me.”

That is a quote that will be remembered by many. You say something like that and you better live up to it.

Rosen also kept mentioning “motivated” as his big word after slipping in the draft. He continued to say he was “motivated” to do well and prove people wrong. He said as much on Twitter.

We knew based on this video that Rosen had a chip on the shoulder entering the league. That has been confirmed. Now he’ll be competing with Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon on the Cardinals’ depth chart.

Josh Rosen girlfriend Zana Muno is a UCLA volleyball player

Josh Rosen Zana Muno

Josh Rosen and his girlfriend Zana Muno make quite an athletic couple.

Rosen was the quarterback for UCLA’s football team for three seasons, while Muno plays for the Bruins’ women’s volleyball team. Like Rosen, Muno is from the South Bay area of Los Angeles. She is from Hermosa Beach, Calif. and went to high school at Notre Dame in Sherman Oaks. Rosen is from Manhattan Beach and attended St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower.

The two appear to have known each other since before UCLA, as Rosen made an appearance on Muno’s Instagram in Feb. 2015, before his true freshman season.


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Watch: Josh Rosen clearly has chip on his shoulder entering draft

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Whoever drafts Josh Rosen will be getting a quarterback who clearly has a chip on his shoulder.

Rosen made the rounds on Tuesday conducting several media interviews as he promoted Old Spice. During an interview with NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano, Rosen seemed to snap. Rosen was asked about being projected to go anywhere from No. 3 to No. 12 overall by the network’s analysts and was asked about going No. 1. He said he doesn’t care if he goes No. 1 and explained why.

Rosen cited many players to whom he was compared coming out of high school — ones ranked ahead of him, such as Blake Barnett and Ricky Town — and pointed out how little they have done compared to him. That’s why he’s banking on himself to continue to be the last man standing.

Right now Rosen seems to be ranked below many QBs in his draft class. Some have Josh Allen, Sam Darnold or Baker Mayfield ahead of him, if not all three (you can see where we have him ranked). He thinks he will stack up quite well against them down the road. Based on his attitude, we wouldn’t bet against him. If all this motivates him to work even harder as a pro, the NFL team that drafts him will be grateful.

Josh Rosen says opponents have used anti-Semitic slurs against him

Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen is opening up about some of the anti-Semitic language that has been directed towards him on the gridiron.

In a lengthy feature by Michael Silver of NFL.com that ran on Monday, Rosen, whose father is Jewish and who identifies as a Jew, revealed that he has heard taunts from opponents based on his heritage.

“I get a lot of Jewish things,” he said. “My nose, particularly. I get, like, ‘Stay the f–k down, you Jewish b—–d. I’m gonna break your f–king nose, you Jew.'”

The 21-year-old sounded largely unfazed by the offensive smack talk though.

“I really like when people try to get in my head,” Rosen continued. “I like away games more than home games. I like silencing crowds; that’s a big thing … When people really get into me, it gets my competitive juices flowing. I love seeing heartbroken fans. Some stadiums, the fans are really close to you, and they’ll call you names: ‘Rosen, go back to your hot tub.’ And when you beat them and get to turn around and wave? It’s the best.”

Rosen, who spent three seasons at UCLA, is now projected to be a high first-round pick in the NFL Draft later this week. To an extent, he has made himself a target for opponents with some of his controversial behavior. But going after somebody on the basis of race, religion, or otherwise is obviously crossing a line.

H/T Bleacher Report

Jim Mora praises Josh Rosen, says he could be Hall of Famer

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Former UCLA coach Jim Mora raised some eyebrows in the leadup to the NFL Draft with perceived criticisms of his college quarterback Josh Rosen, but he’s being quite clear now about what he thinks of his future.

On Sunday, Mora took to Twitter to call out those who question Rosen’s talent or commitment, and went as far as to say that the quarterback could prove to be a Hall of Fame talent.

It certainly seems like a change in tune from when Mora was saying that a rival quarterback should go first overall ahead of Rosen. If the quarterback was looking for a vote of confidence from his old college coach, he definitely has one now.

Report: Josh Rosen could be QB ‘most likely to slide’ in NFL Draft

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With four highly-rated quarterbacks expected to go toward the top of the NFL Draft, there is a very real chance that one could fall out of the top ten. Some NFL executives reportedly think they know which one will do it, if it happens.

NFL reporter Benjamin Allbright said Friday that, in conversations with sources, there is a belief that UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen could slide quickly if he is not selected within the first five picks.

This could, of course, end up meaning nothing. Rosen could go early and all of this could be moot. Even if he doesn’t, given what has been reported, it’s about impossible to imagine him falling past No. 11.

Josh Rosen: I’m the best QB in the draft, others are ‘flashier’

Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen is expected to be one of the first players taken in the 2018 NFL Draft later this month, and the former UCLA star thinks any team that passes over him will be making a big mistake.

Yes, even the Cleveland Browns.

In a candid interview with Sam Alipour of ESPN the Magazine, Rosen confidently labeled himself the best quarterback in what is considered a very deep class.

“I’m the best QB in the draft. A lot of guys are flashier, but I think I’m the most efficient, monotonously consistent QB in this draft,” he said. “(Aaron) Rodgers has some flair, but if you watch Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, there’s nothing that’s explosive or Johnny Manziel-like. It’s just quarterbacking.”

Rosen has faced more than a few questions about his character and motivation. He comes from a wealthy family and would be perfectly fine financially without football, so he has had to convince teams that he cares just as much as anyone else. The comments his former coach has made about his level of focus haven’t helped, but Rosen feels some teams and analysts are just looking for things to knock him with. He touched on that when asked about Rodgers falling to No. 24 in the 2005 draft.

“I think if teams went back to that draft, they’d rethink some of their critiques of Rodgers,” Rosen said. “If he’s the best pure passer in the draft, the best QB, with no legitimate off-field issues, that should be your answer — that’s your QB. I think a lot of people try to add fluff on the edge to, I don’t know, justify their jobs? I can’t say that, but people make it more complicated than it needs to be.”

The entire interview, which includes commentary on topics from Mora’s remarks to global warming, is worth reading. There have been times when Rosen hasn’t been able to bite his tongue over the past few months, but ultimately he sounds willing to let his play at the next level do the talking.

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