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Josh Rosen: "I Definitely Understand The Situation"

Quarterback talks with SI about draft speculation 

Quarterback Josh Rosen takes part in a recent Cardinals' Phase One workout.
Quarterback Josh Rosen takes part in a recent Cardinals' Phase One workout.

Josh Rosen continues to work with his teammates during the voluntary strength and conditioning program for the Cardinals, but he had yet to talk about the swirling speculation about himself and the potential the Cards could take a quarterback with the first overall pick in next week's draft.

That changed Thursday when SI.TV released a video that chronicled the Cardinals' second-year quarterback on a recent trip to the Grand Canyon.

"I think when people talk about 'You can't listen to criticism' or 'Don't ever read articles,' you have to be aware of what's going on to a certain extent," Rosen said in the video. "I definitely understand the situation. It's annoying but it is what it is. Football is a business and I definitely respect the higher-ups and their decisions."

General Manager Steve Keim said this week the Cardinals had yet to make a decision about what they will do with the No. 1 pick, acknowledging also that other teams have shown interest in a potential trade. If the Cardinals were to draft a QB, it would likely be Oklahoma's Kyler Murray, although Keim said there were multiple players worth the top pick. Both Ohio State pass rusher Nick Bosa and Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams are players expected to be in that discussion.

Both Keim and coach Kliff Kingsbury have praised Rosen, both for his talent and how he has handled the speculation over the last couple of months.

"The best advice I've ever got in life, from so many different people, is control what you can control," Rosen said. "Whatever decisions are made, it's my duty to prove them right if they keep me and prove them wrong if they ship me off."

Keim called Rosen a "pro's pro" this week, and Kingsbury said Rosen has been "phenomenal" since returning to voluntary work at the Dignity Health Arizona Cardinals Training Center.

"He couldn't have been better, honestly," Kingsbury said. "First one to show up, engaging, into it, very sharp as everyone knows. I can't say enough good things about my interactions with Josh so far."

Kingsbury talked about how Rosen has embraced the offensive installation so far in meetings. The Cardinals get on the field for the first time next week with a voluntary veterans minicamp prior to the draft.

Rosen said while the Cards' season "went about as poorly as it could possibly go," he did relish his rookie year.

"We won three games and each one of those wins, to me, it felt like we won the Super Bowl," Rosen said. "That feeling is so intoxicating, I just want nothing more to be a part of a team next year and have the same opportunities to go out and compete."

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