TEMPE, Ariz. — It took Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen a short while throughout Friday’s rookie minicamp to knock off the rust collected from not enjoying soccer since late final yr and cool down in his first NFL observe.
However when he did, Rosen stopped throwing his passes low and confirmed the Cardinals why they traded as much as draft him 10th total final month.
“I think you can tell that he had some little jitters early on,” new Cardinals coach Steve Wilks stated. “But he’s so confident, and you can see that as he went on with practice. He settled down a little bit, settle in. Throws were on time. The accuracy was there. Everything that we know about him, you saw later on in practice.”
Rosen, who felt he shook off that rust early, thought his first NFL observe went “really good.”
“It’s just nice to get out there after such a long draft process to actually start playing football again,” Rosen stated.
His “welcome to the NFL” second got here early in observe throughout considered one of his first few instances getting into the huddle. He seemed round at his teammates and Rosen stated he was like, “This is pretty cool, isn’t it?”
Rosen stated engaged on the “procedural stuff” on the sphere — breaking the huddle, getting as much as the road of scrimmage, calling out the cadence and getting an actual snap — helped him knock that rust off.
Wilks felt Rosen was “phenomenal” at calling performs and figuring out of a huddle.
“The guy is extremely smart,” Wilks stated. “We have stated from day one, he is choosing up the offense. He is doing a terrific job there taking management of the huddle and getting everyone aligned, figuring out the Mike linebacker, and so on.
“So, no questions on that from a standpoint of his management.”
Rosen felt Friday’s begin to rookie minicamp was an extension of school soccer, making it tough for him to decipher the variations between school soccer and the NFL. He thinks he’ll have a greater reply subsequent week when he takes half in Arizona’s first veterans OTA.
“It is a reasonably large tablet of a playbook to swallow, however for probably the most half we’re breaking it down daily, and simply working.”
Whereas Rosen displayed his athleticism roll outs all through observe, he did so in a local weather he isn’t accustomed to. Friday’s observe happened in temperatures that hovered within the excessive 90s, climate Rosen hasn’t performed usually in having grown up and performed his school soccer in Southern California. However Rosen approached the climate as one other hurdle to beat.
“It isn’t too unhealthy,” Rosen said. “I think about it is undoubtedly getting worse as we get nearer to summer time, however for probably the most half, it is one other degree of adversity you type of need to maintain pushing by means of. It will possibly’t faze you.”