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Articles tagged: Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen reportedly got snippy over question about interception

Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen has faced questions about his character leading up to the draft, and he apparently did little to answer them in at least one of his interviews with an NFL team at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston shared several tidbits about the quarterbacks in this year’s draft class on Monday, and one of the things he was told about Rosen was not exactly flattering. According to Perry, Rosen took offense to an NFL interviewer asking him about a particular interception he had thrown in a game at UCLA. Rosen reportedly made the mistake of getting defensive and answering a question with a question.

What many believe prevents Rosen from being mentioned more consistently as an option at No. 1 is the question of how his attitude will play at the next level. The consensus is he will not be the world’s easiest player to coach, and one story we heard this week did little to squash that notion. Asked in one of his interviews about an interception on his tape, Rosen shot back with another question, asking the interviewer if he’d ever played quarterback before. OK, then! For combine interviews, where coached-up answers are commonplace, that would qualify as a rare back-and-forth.

For what it’s worth, the information Peter King of The MMQB gathered from three coaches and two personnel people was a bit different. They said Rosen actually helped his cause both as a passer and in terms of football IQ, though King noted Rosen is not “beloved” and considered humble like Sam Darnold or Josh Allen.

Rosen comes from a wealthy family, and some questioned whether he is as committed to football as others because he doesn’t really “need” the sport. Rosen countered over the weekend by saying that should prove how much he loves football.

“Using the point that I don’t have to play football is an indication to why I actually love the game so much,” he said. “The fact that I have dedicated my heart and soul to this game that I may not financially need, I mean, I think that actually proves why I love this game so much. I am not forced to play it. My family raised me incredibly academic. They are both Ivy League grads and take great pride in it, and I had to convince them to let me drop out of college because I want to pursue this at the absolute highest level, and it took some convincing but hopefully it will work out.”

With all the teams reportedly looking to draft a quarterback early, there’s almost no chance Rosen slips far down the board. But when he does land on an NFL team, it’s clear he’ll have more than a few critics to silence.

Josh Rosen denies ever saying he does not want to play for Browns

Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen is one of the top quarterback prospects in this year’s NFL Draft class, and the Browns have two of the first four picks. There has been talk that Rosen is hoping Cleveland does not use one of those selections on him, but the former UCLA star says that could not be further from the truth.

Michael Silver of NFL.com says he spoke with Rosen recently about the draft, and the 21-year-old said he would love to play for the Browns.

The talk started back in December when ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Rosen was considering returning to UCLA for his senior season to avoid ending up in Cleveland. While he never mentioned the Browns by name, Rosen seemed to confirm the report when he made some comments about the importance he places on being the top overall pick.

From a business perspective, Rosen would be wise not to alienate the Browns. He could slip a lot further down the board if Cleveland doesn’t want him, though it’s possible the Browns could trade back or wait to draft a quarterback regardless.

Browns GM says Josh Rosen report is ‘fake news’

Josh Rosen

New Cleveland Browns GM John Dorsey says a report that he would not draft Josh Rosen is “fake news.”

The Browns have the Nos. 1 and 4 pick in the upcoming NFL draft and are expected to use one of the two on a quarterback. Rosen is viewed as one of the top quarterback prospects in the draft class, so he would be expected to be in consideration for the top pick. However, Draft Analyst Tony Pauline reported last month that Dorsey had previously advised staying away from Rosen in the draft.

When Dorsey made his original comment to Pauline, it was anonymously for a piece published in November. Pauline later outed Dorsey after Dorsey became the GM of the Browns.

Now that he is the Browns’ GM and the possibility of drafting Rosen exists, Dorsey is backing off those original comments.

“It’s fake news because first off I’ve never talked to the kid,” Dorsey told Cleveland.com at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday. “I’ve never talked to anybody about the kid. If you remember right, I was unemployed a couple of weeks ago. I’m finally back in this thing. That’s fake news to me.”

Dorsey also said that the report about Rosen not wanting to go to Cleveland does not bother him.

In addition to Rosen, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield are considered by many to be among the top quarterbacks in the class. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. had Allen going No. 1 overall in his first mock draft.

Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen declare for NFL Draft

Sam Darnold

Wednesday was apparently universal “let’s declare for the draft day.”

Both Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen declared for the NFL Draft on Wednesday, about a half hour apart. Rosen made his announcement on Twitter and Instagram, posting this note:

The former UCLA QB said in his note that he would return to finish his degree. His previous coach Jim Mora said Rosen was on schedule to graduate in the spring, so preparing for the NFL Draft will delay those plans.

Darnold made his announcement in a video post he shared on Instagram:

I’ve made my decision…

A post shared by Sam Darnold (@samdarnold) on

Darnold’s announcement is slightly more surprising than Rosen’s. Darnold was a redshirt sophomore and had two more years of eligibility. His stats decreased from his redshirt freshman season, and he had a poor showing in the Cotton Bowl against Ohio State. Plus a report on Tuesday even said he was likely to return to school.

Darnold has expressed some willingness to go wherever he’s taken, while Rosen reportedly does not want to go to Cleveland. The Browns have the Nos. 1 and 4 picks. A scenario in which Darnold goes to Cleveland and Rosen goes to the New York Giants at No. 2 overall seems very plausible.

Former UCLA coach thinks Josh Rosen could be next LeBron of Cleveland

Josh Rosen

One former UCLA football coach thinks that Josh Rosen and Cleveland could be a much better match than many are making it out to be.

Speaking with TMZ Sports on Thursday, Rick Neuheisel, who coached the Bruins for four seasons from 2008 to 2011, was asked if he thought it would be a “death sentence” for the star quarterback to go to the Cleveland Browns.

“Absolutely not,” replied Neuheisel. “Someone’s gonna be the hero of Cleveland. Look what LeBron James did for the Cavaliers. It’s all possible. It’s just going in there with the right attitude.

“Someone’s gonna have to take the right attitude about going to Cleveland and being the guy that can help change the fortunes of the Browns,” he added.

Granted, Rosen, though he is an elite prospect, doesn’t quite have James’ once-in-a-generation talent, nor does he have The King’s deep-seated and lifelong ties to the northeast Ohio area. The 20-year-old signal caller doesn’t appear to have much interest in being the next savior of Cleveland either, so Neuheisel’s comparison here may be a bit of stretch.

Hue Jackson says it’s ‘way too early’ to comment on Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen

The Cleveland Browns will be in a position to make a choice between Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold if both players decide to turn pro, but one of the star quarterbacks would rather not be the top overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. How does that make Hue Jackson feel?

When asked on Wednesday about a report indicating Rosen may chose to return to UCLA for his senior season if the Browns are planning to draft him, Jackson refused to take the bait.

“I just think it’s too early to comment on something that a college player has said who has not even declared what he’s doing,” Jackson said, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “I don’t think right now that conversation is what’s important. Sure, that’ll be talked about as we move forward and at the appropriate time when we can discuss that, we will. Right now, it’s way too early. We are focused on how do we beat Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh this week.”

Rosen has all but confirmed that he would rather not end up in Cleveland, but a lot can change in a few months. Chip Kelly is now the head coach at UCLA, and Rosen doesn’t seem like the type of QB who would fit Kelly’s system. Returning for his senior season may not be the best career choice.

If Jackson and the Browns do care about a player they draft wanting to be there, Darnold may be the better choice. Some comments the USC star made this week indicate he would have no problem playing in Cleveland.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Josh Rosen seems to confirm report about avoiding Browns

Josh Rosen

A comment from Josh Rosen seems to confirm the recent report about him wanting to avoid being drafted by the Cleveland Browns.

Rosen’s UCLA Bruins are playing in the Cactus Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats Tuesday evening in Phoenix. Rosen will not be playing because he was not medically cleared following a concussion he suffered last month against Cal, which marked his second concussion of the season. He still has talked with reporters ahead of the game. On Tuesday, ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss shared this quote from Rosen about the NFL Draft:

A report on Sunday from ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Rosen would consider returning to school to avoid being drafted by the Cleveland Browns, who have had one winning season since 2003 and only made the playoffs once since 1995.

Rosen is a junior and has the option of returning to school, though new Bruins head coach Chip Kelly’s offense might not be ideal for his style of play. But the point remains: Rosen may not be a lock to enter the NFL Draft. Some players just want to be drafted as high as possible. Some want to go No. 1 and believe they can turn any team around. Some want the money and fame and hype that goes with being No. 1. But obviously Rosen sees more than that and is more interested in fit and going to the right team.

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