Josh Rosen has one of the most bizarre careers in recent NFL history.
The 2018 first-round pick was most recently a part of the San Francisco 49ers organization, which marked his fourth NFL team since being drafted.
Unfortunately, he had a rough preseason debut and has been released by the 49ers.
The #49ers are waiving QB Josh Rosen, source says. Rosen mentioned recently he wasn’t getting enough reps in practice. A chance to latch on elsewhere for the rest of camp now.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 17, 2021
The 24-year-old will now look to join the fifth NFL team of his career before his fourth season even begins.
No Chance In San Francisco
Rosen wants to prove he can start, or at least hold down a backup job with the possibility of being in a competition.
San Francisco was not that place, as the team already has Jimmy Garoppolo and used the No. 3 overall pick on Trey Lance.
The starting conversation is between those two, and Rosen was just hoping to land the third-string job.
While it would have been valuable to sit and learn in Kyle Shanahan’s offense, it was not a destination where Rosen could get on the field.
That put a ton of pressure on his preseason play and one interception over the weekend seemed to do him in.
His own coach in Shanahan was also openly saying Rosen was showing regression, which is obviously a bad sign.
Plenty Of Time To Turn Things Around
Rosen is only 24 years old and his first-round tag means NFL coaches around the league may want a chance to work with him to see if they could get his full potential to come to light.
The key with Rosen is landing on a team that isn’t looking to draft a new quarterback.
He entered the league with the Arizona Cardinals, a team that drafted Kyler Murray a year later.
We all remember when *many* people said Arizona shouldn't draft Kyler Murray because they had drafted Josh Rosen the year before. So many teams get paralyzed by sunk costs. https://t.co/xCDNa71Sao
— Paul Charchian (@PaulCharchian) August 17, 2021
The same thing happened with the Miami Dolphins drafting Tua Tagovailoa.
Rosen then ended up on Tampa Bay’s practice squad last year, before joining San Francisco at a time when Lance is seen as the future of the franchise.
He needs to land on a team that can give him a shot to develop without the pressure of being perfect or being cut.
A team like the Houston Texans would make sense given the current state of the franchise.
Rosen should be able to at least end up in a new training camp rather soon.
Getting him on a practice squad would be beneficial for just about any team, and Rosen could continue to soak up another NFL offense.
His story is a sad one right now, but he has plenty of time to turn things around at such a young age.