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Andy Isabella Knows Trade Means He'll Be Tied To Josh Rosen

In itself, the arrival of Andy Isabella to the Cardinals and the NFL is a good story. Small kid from a small school, with lightning speed, trying to make it on the highest level of pro football in an offense that seems to be perfectly suited for his talents.

But for Isabella and the Cardinals, there will always be the extra layer to Isabella's career -- he was the selection with the second-round pick acquired in the trade of 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen. Rosen was dealt after the Cardinals took Kyler Murray first overall in the 2019 draft.

"There is definitely pressure," Isabella acknowledged about his link to the Rosen trade. "But I think that makes it even more fun. It'll make me work harder. I don't like letting people down."

Cardinals offensive assistant coach Spencer Whipple, who was Isabella's position coach his first three years at the University of Massachusetts and then the Minutemen's passing game coordinator when Isabella was a senior, said Isabella is a perfectionist who simply wants to work.

"Football, homework, he wants everything to be perfect," Whipple said. "On top of that he loves the game."

That was going to push Isabella anyway, especially as a second-round choice. But while the natural comparison for people will be between Rosen -- now with the Dolphins -- and Murray and how those careers proceed, inevitably there will be those who measure Isabella against Rosen.

"I still have a lot to prove," Isabella said.

Wide receivers Andy Isabella (89) and Hakeem Butler (17).
Wide receivers Andy Isabella (89) and Hakeem Butler (17).