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Josh Rosen, Feleipe Franks get meme treatment after garbage-time interceptions

Josh Rosen with his awkward helmet

Josh Rosen and Feleipe Franks followed in Matt Ryan’s footsteps on Thursday by taking turns throwing interceptions against the New England Patriots.

The Atlanta Falcons sat down starting quarterback Matt Ryan in the fourth quarter as they struggled against New England. The team was being shutout, and Ryan threw consecutive picks in the fourth quarter. Ryan exited down 19-0 and gave away to Josh Rosen.

Rosen got his chance in the final two minutes, and on third down, he threw a pick-six.

That put Atlanta in a 25-0 hole, which was the final score.

After three straight interceptions from their quarterbacks, the Falcons decided to go with Franks. Guess what happened? He immediately threw an interception on his first pass attempt!

That was unbelievable. Four straight interceptions from the Falcons from three different quarterbacks to end the game.

That was the first time since 2000 that three quarterbacks on the same team all threw interceptions in the same game.

Everyone had the jokes about the Falcons QBs:

This was not a good night to be a Falcons quarterback.

Josh Rosen cut by 49ers and will be looking for his fifth NFL team

Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen’s unimpressive NFL career continues to dwindle.

The San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday waived Rosen. Rosen was behind Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance on the team’s depth chart and competing with Nate Sudfeld for the No. 3 quarterback job.

During the 49ers’ preseason game on Saturday, Rosen went 10/15 for 93 yards and an ugly interception.

When he was drafted No. 10 overall by the Arizona Cardinals in 2018, Rosen said that the nine teams that passed on him made a mistake. Pretty soon, we’re going to find out that the Cardinals and every team to sign him since then are the ones that made mistakes.

Rosen has been bad every time he’s gotten a chance to play in NFL games. Now he’s competing for third-string QB jobs and being cut. He might not last in the NFL much longer with the way he is going.

This is why 49ers signed Josh Rosen off Buccaneers’ practice squad

Josh Rosen

The San Francisco 49ers made a surprising addition on Tuesday by signing Josh Rosen off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad. It’s not very often that a player gets signed off another team’s practice squad the week of a game. But there were some circumstances that led to the signing.

49ers starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been out since Week 8 due to an ankle injury. Nick Mullens had been starting in Garoppolo’s place, but he is now out for the season with an elbow injury.

C.J. Beathard is the team’s third-string quarterback and set to start in Week 16 at Arizona. Josh Johnson was signed in early November to serve as the team’s fourth-string quarterback. He ordinarily would have been set to back up Beathard on Sunday. However, Johnson was just placed on the COVID list.

Down to only one quarterback available for Sunday, the Niners needed at least one other option. They found a QB in Rosen, the former first-round pick.

Remember, the 49ers couldn’t sign a free agent because they needed a player who was already in the league’s COVID testing system so that they would be eligible to play on Sunday. The NFL even just approved a new rule that allows teams to add players off another team’s practice squad. The reason for this new rule was clear: they wanted to avoid another Denver Broncos situation. Rosen is already in the league’s testing protocol, which made adding him convenient.

This was awful timing for Johnson, who would have had a shot at backing up in a game on Sunday. But it’s a good opportunity for Rosen, who has bounced around two teams this year but has not gotten any playing time. He’ll just have to learn a new system now.

Josh Rosen signs with Buccaneers, will join practice squad

Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen was waived by the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, and he will now have an opportunity to learn under the greatest quarterback of all time.

Rosen has agreed to a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. He will begin with the practice squad, however. Rosen could have found a spot on an active roster but opted for a good situation with Tom Brady and Bucs head coach Bruce Arians.

The Bucs currently have Blaine Gabbert serving as their primary backup behind Brady. They also have veteran Ryan Griffin. Arians has not ruled out keeping three QBs on the active roster due to the coronavirus pandemic, so perhaps Rosen will make the cut at some point. That may have factored into his decision.

Rosen, who was drafted No. 10 overall by the Arizona Cardinals in 2018, struggled in his first two NFL seasons. He played poorly on a bad Cardinals team as a rookie, and then threw one touchdown and five interceptions in six games with the Dolphins last year.

Josh Rosen waived after Dolphins unable to trade him

Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen will be looking for yet another NFL team.

Rosen is being waived by the Miami Dolphins after the team was unable to trade him. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Thursday that the team was fielding trade calls on Rosen. That may have been an effort to try and drum up a trade market to get something for a player they otherwise were going to cut.

Miami has Ryan Fitzpatrick slated to start the season, with first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa behind him. Rosen never really seemed to fit into the team’s plans.

Rosen, who was drafted No. 10 overall by the Arizona Cardinals in 2018, struggled in his first two NFL seasons. He hardly produced as a rookie on a bad Cardinals team, and then threw one touchdown and five interceptions in six games with the Dolphins last year.

It’s hard to see Rosen becoming anything more than a backup at this point.

Report: Josh Rosen on trade block with Dolphins

Josh Rosen

The Miami Dolphins have gotten nothing but positive reports on Tua Tagovailoa’s health since they drafted him back in April, and all of the good news appears to have made Josh Rosen expendable.

The Dolphins have been fielding calls from teams interested in trading for Rosen, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Ryan Fitzpatrick is considered the favorite to start for Miami in Week 1, but he recently left the team due to the death of his mother. Rosen said last week that he is ready to start if called upon. However, the Dolphins’ willingness to trade him seemingly indicates either they expect Fitzpatrick to be back for Week 1 or Tagovailoa would be next in line.

Rosen, who was drafted No. 10 overall by the Arizona Cardinals in 2018, struggled in his first two NFL seasons. He threw one touchdown and five interceptions in six games with the Dolphins last year. His motivation this offseason has been admirable, but he doesn’t appear to be a significant part of Miami’s plans.

Josh Rosen ready to start Dolphins’ opener if Ryan Fitzpatrick is absent

Josh Rosen

The odds of Josh Rosen starting Week 1 for the Miami Dolphins may have shifted a bit due to an unfortunate off-field development.

Ryan Fitzpatrick left the Dolphins’ scrimmage Saturday just before it started upon learning of the death of his mother. Coach Brian Flores said Fitzpatrick would be allowed to take as much time away from he needs. That could include the season opener, which Flores was mum about.

That could open the door for either Tua Tagovailoa or Josh Rosen to get at least one start. Based on reports from camp, the more likely option would be Rosen. That potential scenario is something the third-year pro is ready for.

The Dolphins are scheduled to open their season two weeks from Sunday against the New England Patriots.

Rosen was unimpressive for Miami last year, throwing five interceptions and only one touchdown. The supporting cast should be better in 2020, which could help him. Even if it does, nobody views Rosen as Miami’s long-term solution at quarterback.

Report: Josh Rosen determined to compete for Dolphins’ QB job

Only two years removed from being a top-ten pick in the NFL Draft, Josh Rosen is the forgotten man in the Miami Dolphins’ quarterback room. It sounds like he’s determined to find a way to make an impact anyway.

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, neither Rosen nor his representatives have asked the Dolphins for a trade or release after assessing the situation around the league. The Dolphins are pleased with this outcome, and are reportedly privately pleased that Rosen has bought in and are impressed with his conditioning, work ethic, and efforts to learn new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey’s system.

It speaks well of Rosen that he’s willing to stay and bet on himself rather than seeking an exit route from Miami. For now, the 23-year-old isn’t really in the mix for a job with the Dolphins, as Ryan Fitzpatrick is the stopgap starter while the team awaits Tua Tagovailoa, who is the clear quarterback of the future.

There may be a role for Rosen if Fitzpatrick struggles and Tagovailoa is either not ready either physically or mentally for the starting job. Perhaps that’s what he’s betting on, and is keeping his head down and showing Miami that he’s ready as needed.

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5 NFL players who are running out of time to prove themselves

Josh Rosen Dolphins

For most, the NFL stands for “Not For Long.” After all, perhaps more than any other professional sport in the world, the NFL is a “what have you done for me lately” league. Fortunes change quickly; today’s superstar could be tomorrow’s has-been. In some cases, talented players even become the “never was.”

Every year we see quality players simply run out of time. Sometimes it’s due to injury, other times it’s due to circumstance, but it’s always a possibility.

With that in mind, here’s a look at five NFL players who are running out of time to prove themselves.

5. John Ross, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

A first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, John Ross was expected to join the Bengals and create the league’s most elite one-two punch alongside A.J. Green. That, of course, did not happen, as Ross has failed to live up to the hype, while Green has seen injuries derail his career a bit. After having his fifth-year option declined and being the subject of past trade rumors, Ross now enters the final year of his rookie deal and faces what could be his last opportunity to prove his worth to any onlooking general manager. He did take a step in the right direction a season ago, posting career-highs across the board, but the production was still nowhere near what many expected of the Washington product and speedster. With a new quarterback (Joe Burrow) in town and his name dropping on the depth chart, things won’t come easy for Ross in 2020, but he has to find a way to maximize whatever opportunities come his way or risk saying goodbye to the NFL for good.

4. Josh Rosen, QB, Miami Dolphins

Josh Rosen has had it rough since the first moment he entered the NFL. In Arizona, he was billed as the franchise quarterback, but that lasted only a single season before the Cardinals switched head coaches, drafted Kyler Murray, and shipped Rosen off to Miami. With the Dolphins, Rosen was thrust into a new system and eventually found himself replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick. Now, similarly to how things played out in Arizona, Rosen enters the 2020 season in a battle with Tua Tagovailoa, on whom the Dolphins spent a high first-round pick. Several teams have reportedly called Miami to inquire about Rosen, who is very realistically running out of time — from an NFL standpoint and likely a mental standpoint. Whether he remains in Miami or ends up elsewhere, Rosen has to shake off the bad hand he’s been dealt and find a way to put it all together. Quickly.

3. DeAndre Baker, CB, New York Giants

It may be somewhat unfair to put Baker, a 2019 first-round pick, on this list, but after struggling mightily as a rookie, the Georgia product only compounded his problems by getting arrested and charged in connection with an armed robbery earlier this year. Even if Baker is proven to be innocent and has his charges dropped, he faces league discipline under the personal conduct policy. Prior to his arrest, Baker drew criticism from his teammates for unprofessional behavior and had been reported to have fallen asleep during several team meetings last season. Even after trading up for Baker and investing a first-round pick in him, the Giants won’t hesitate to make a change should these issues persist. Perhaps more than any other second-year player, Baker is on extremely thin ice.

2. O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

A first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, O.J. Howard was widely expected to become the next Rob Gronkowski or Tony Gonzalez. Instead, Howard has been only moderately successful despite being surrounded by a high-end cast. He has yet to play a full 16-game slate, and his best season came in 2018 when he hauled in 34 receptions for 565 yards and five touchdowns. The Buccaneers have picked up his fifth-year option, so Howard does have some wiggle room, but with both Tom Brady and the aforementioned Gronkowski coming to town, he’ll have to remain healthy and find a higher level of production if he wants to stick. Short of that, Howard might be facing the end of his time in Tampa Bay, as well as some questions about his durability and value across the league.

1. David Johnson, RB, Houston Texans

Once upon a time, David Johnson looked like the next big thing. He displayed power, elusiveness, quickness, and every other attribute an NFL running back needs to be elite. However, injury issues cropped up in 2017 and then again in 2019, and he’s never been able to regain his early-career form. Those issues made Johnson expendable, which led to a trade from Arizona to Houston earlier this offseason. Now Johnson will get a fresh start with the Texans, but with just two years remaining on his current contract and only one season until there’s a potential out, Johnson does not have much room left. The opportunity to revitalize his career is being served up on a silver platter, but if he’s unable to regain his footing, the end may be near.

Josh Rosen benched by Dolphins in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick

Josh Rosen Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins entered the season with Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback before turning things over to Josh Rosen, and they are now going back to their original plan.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores told reporters on Sunday that Fitzpatrick will start against the Buffalo Bills after Rosen started the previous three games.

Fitzpatrick came off the bench to nearly rally Miami to a victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, and they would have gotten the win if they converted a 2-point try with seconds remaining. The 36-year-old had thrown for 274 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions in two games prior to Sunday, but he was 12-of-18 for 132 yards, a touchdown and no picks against Washington. Rosen completed 15-of-25 passes for no scores and two interceptions before being pulled.

Rosen has said he feels like he is in the middle of a season-long tryout with the Dolphins, and it’s not exactly a surprise that it is going poorly. Miami’s roster is one of the worst in NFL history, so they shouldn’t expect Rosen to perform at a high level. The situation is an awful one for the former first-round pick to be a part of.