Josh Rosen has been dealt a bad hand with his career. After becoming a lame duck for two teams, Rosen now sits buried on a depth chart with a tough path ahead to every become a starting NFL quarterback again.
While fans likely think that a player that was moved on from twice during his rookie deal can’t be good, there are several important factors to take into account.
First, Rosen has never played behind a decent offensive line during his time in the NFL. Much like Jameis Winston, Bucs fans should be aware of how difficult it is for a quarterback to succeed when he is running for his life after every snap.
On the other hand, Rosen has also struggled at times. He has never popped as a starter, but given that he has played less than two full seasons as a starter, it is far too soon to label him a bust yet.
As Bucs fans also painfully know, teams can move on from good quarterbacks, and they go on to fantastic success. Getting cut or traded early is not getting lowered into the coffin, although it does make the path back more difficult. Steve Young is an important name to remember. Still stings. Enough said.
Playing at his worst, Rosen has played comparably to Gabbert, but his ceiling is far higher. The Bucs may not be trading for their future franchise player, but bringing in Josh Rosen for cheap helps the Bucs if Brady does go down.