Atlanta Falcons have given Josh Rosen a final chance to prove he belongs

Josh Rosen #16 of the Atlanta Falcons (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Josh Rosen #16 of the Atlanta Falcons (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Due to poor quarterback play and a preseason injury, the Atlanta Falcons are heading into the season with former first-round pick Josh Rosen as their backup quarterback option. The Falcons kept Feleipe Franks on their initial 53-man roster as well.

While the Falcons should be expected to make moves before their season kicks off it seems at least for the moment Josh Rosen is getting one final chance to stick in this league. It was only 2018 when Rosen was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals as the 10th overall pick.

His rookie season saw Rosen struggle greatly tossing more interceptions than touchdowns and managing only a 55.2 completion percentage. Arizona quickly hit the eject button after Rosen’s rookie season, Josh has since made stops with the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and San Francisco 49ers.

Rosen played in Atlanta’s final preseason game replacing injured backup A.J. McCarron. He looked exactly as he has thus far in his career – shaky with brief moments of brilliance. Rosen threw a touchdown off his back foot to the back corner of the endzone.

It was a great throw illustrating his talent and why he was thought so highly of coming into the 2018 draft. A great highlight overshadowed by inconsistent play.

The Atlanta Falcons are likely Josh Rosen’s last chance to prove he belongs in this league.

For the Falcons, having Rosen as your backup isn’t ideal for the same reasons that make it a great move. Rosen at this point is a project quarterback, can you rebuild his confidence and channel the obvious talent into onfield production? Few backup quarterbacks have Rosen’s raw talent.

Rosen’s ability and promise make this a great move for the Falcons considering Rosen could still figure it out.  The reality remains, however, if Matt Ryan goes down the Falcons have zero ideas what to expect from Rosen stepping in.

From Rosen’s perspective, he has to be nearing the end if he cannot stick with Atlanta. It is hard to see any team as quarterback desperate as the Falcons were at the backup position.  Atlanta has nothing to lose giving Rosen a final shot, for Rosen, he has to make this work or it could be a sad ending for a very talented player who may be facing his last chance to put it together.

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