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Cardinals vs. Packers Q&A: Josh Rosen’s rookie season

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Seth Cox of SB Nation’s Arizona Cardinals blog Revenge of the Birds answers our questions about Josh Rosen.

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On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers return to Lambeau Field to take on the Arizona Cardinals. Seth Cox of Revenge of the Birds was kind enough to answer some of our questions about the Cardinals. Acme Packing Company will post all of his answers over the course of the week.

APC: The Cardinals drafted Josh Rosen with the No. 10 overall pick, one of the five quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Since becoming a starter in Week 4, what positives and negatives have you seen from Rosen and how do you assess his progress?

The positives for Rosen have been few, but when you see him make one or two throws a game that few can make, not quite the level of Aaron Rodgers but still pretty special, you are willing to take the negatives.

Rosen has done a nice job of living in the pocket, trying to go through his reads and make high level throws. The problem is he makes only a handful a game.

After being hit a couple of times, he begins to look jittery, skittish and starts to try and make things happen too fast. Now, it is to the point where he’s making forced throws that he doesn’t even need to make because he is assuming he’ll be hit. That’s the rub when you play behind the worst offensive line in the NFL and have some of the least sure-handed receivers you are throwing too.

Rosen’s been pressured the second most in the NFL, and the weird thing is, team’s only need to bring three or four to get pressure. That means Rosen is consistently being asked to make reads against seven to eight guys dropping into coverage, while throwing to average at best receivers.

His negatives are concerning, but it is truly difficult to judge him because of the talent, or lack of, surrounding him.

We’d like to thank Seth and Revenge of the Birds for his insight. Be sure to check out our Q&A session over there, as well as their fantastic coverage of all things Cardinals. As always, keep your internet machines tuned to Acme Packing Company this Sunday for our comprehensive game-day coverage of Cardinals versus Packers.