The Arizona Cardinals take on the Denver Broncos in the preseason finale Thursday evening
Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen sat out preseason game three on Sunday night at the Dallas Cowboys. If they know what’s best for them, he will sit out Thursday’s game against the Denver Broncos as well.
Rosen hasn’t ended up playing as much as we’d like to have seen him certainly. It could in theory be the last chance Rosen gets to play this season.
Realistically, starter Sam Bradford is unlikely to hold up a full 16 games but you never know. Just how ready is Rosen?
He was considered the most ready for the NFL coming out of the draft among all the quarterbacks. However that’s only a best guess based on what they’ve seen in pre draft workouts.
It’s a different ball game once the quarterback gets to this level. So that begs the question again, did Rosen get enough play in the preseason?
If not, just exactly what does a couple of quarters against all backups going to really do for Rosen on Thursday? My guess is not much, so why chance it.
Sure we’d all love to see Rosen play. Let’s just not forget he is the future of this franchise at quarterback. He is likely the next ‘face’ of the team once receiver Larry Fitzgerald retires.
The best thing to do here is to just let Mike Glennon and Chad Kanoff split the reps on Thursday night. Glennon will likely be the third quarterback and Kanoff has a chance still to make the practice squad or show off for another team that could be looking for a third quarterback.
While we’d all love to see Bradford play all 16 games and play them all well, there’s a great chance that isn’t happening. So, a healthy Rosen, who could be pressed into service at anytime even if he is rusty, in the regular season is better than an injured Rosen that got hurt because he took some final preseason game snaps.
It is better to be safe than sorry. That said, if Rosen does manage to get into the game, let’s all hope it is in a very limited capacity.