The Scotsman

Tampa Bay is the per­fect place for Rosen to re­launch his NFL ca­reer

● With the leg­endary Brady by his side, the Buc­ca­neers is a great move for quar­ter­back

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The NFL sea­son is oh so close and, un­like the other US sports this year, it is now look­ing as though we could get a full sea­son.

In the early hours of Fri­day morn­ing the de­fend­ing champions, Kansas City Chiefs, host the Hous­ton Tex­ans in a re­match of a game from last year’s play-offs, a game in which Pa­trick Mahomes and the Chiefs over­came a 24-point deficit.

Kansas quar­ter-back Mahomes is ob­vi­ously the man to watch this sea­son as he looks to not only win the ti­tle again, some­thing that was last achieved by the Pa­tri­ots in 2003 and 2004, but also to re­claim his MVP ti­tle from Lamar Jack­son.

But while th­ese quar­ter­backs fight for ac­claim, for­mer firstround pick Josh Rosen is fight­ing for his NFL ca­reer.

The Ari­zona Car­di­nals drafted Rosen in 2018 with the tenth pick, the same po­si­tion as Mahomes only a year later, and 22 places be­fore Jack­son. But while Mahomes sat for most of his first sea­son but has since claimed a MVP ti­tle and a Su­per Bowl, Rosen strug­gled in the desert with Ari­zona.

A year after be­ing drafted in the first round Rosen was shipped off to Mi­ami as the Car­di­nals new head coach picked Kyler Mur­ray.

Rosen’s time in Mi­ami wasn’t the fresh start he needed and for the sec­ond time in two years a team he played for drafted a quar­ter­back with their first pick, again sig­nalling the be­gin­ning of the end.

After hang­ing in as one of three po­ten­tial start­ing quar­ter­backs through pre­sea­son late last week, Rosen was re­leased and left with­out a team. That, of course, is no sur­prise for a player whose record reads just three wins from 20 games in the NFL.

It reads worse when you look at in­di­vid­ual stats, with a com­ple­tion rate of 54 per cent and just 12 touch­downs against 19 in­ter­cep­tions.

To say this was all Rosen’s fault would be harsh as in both sce­nar­ios he in­her­ited poor teams with worse records. But late on Sun­day, Rosen was given the best pos­si­ble chance to play – and win – in the NFL again.

The Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers have had one of the most ex­cit­ing off­sea­sons in the his­tory of foot­ball. The big news was the ad­di­tion of six-time Su­per Bowl winner Tom Brady. But the re­build didn’t stop there.

They added Brady’s safety blan­ket, too, when they per­suaded for­mer Pa­tri­ots tight-end Rob Gronkowski to come back from re­tire­ment. Later in the sum­mer they also signed Leonard Four­nette after Jack­sonville re­leased the run­ning back.

On the de­fen­sive side of the ball, the team had also made moves, adding Ndamukong Suh and draft­ing Khalil Davis.

The Buc­ca­neers are a team whose goal is clear: its time to win it all. So when they added 23-year-old Rosen as a mem­ber of their prac­tice squad on Sun­day, it caught peo­ple by sur­prise. The fit is good for both par­ties, though.

The Bucs know that Brady isn’t the long-term so­lu­tion at 43 years old, while Blaine Gab­bert be­hind him is a vet­eran of seven years. Still, while he had some good sea­sons, he has never been a break­out quar­ter­back, not to men­tion third string QB Ryan Grif­fin who has four at­tempted passes in the NFL.

So there is room for Rosen to make an im­pact and take an­other year to study the league. But more im­por­tant than that there is a chance for Rosen to sit and ob­serve one of the all-time greats.

Sit­ting in a quar­ter­back room with Brady and watch­ing how a fu­ture hall of famer goes about his busi­ness ev­ery day will be a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence like no other.

Not only will Rosen get to learn from Brady and Gab­bert but he will not have the pres­sure he’s had in his pre­vi­ous two sea­sons. In Tampa, the passer will have a chance to learn the play­book and know, bar­ring the worst of luck, that he won’t be thrown in at the deep end.

Rosen, may have had some bad times in the NFL but with the Buc­ca­neers, he’s been given an op­por­tu­nity to learn, to de­velop and even to make him­self that thing he was once con­sid­ered – a fran­chise quar­ter­back.

 ??  ?? 2 Josh Rosen was re­leased by Mi­ami last week and on Sun­day was picked up by Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers.
2 Josh Rosen was re­leased by Mi­ami last week and on Sun­day was picked up by Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers.
 ??  ?? 0 Tom Brady: Six-time Su­per Bowl winner has signed for the Bucs.
0 Tom Brady: Six-time Su­per Bowl winner has signed for the Bucs.

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