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Judging Josh Rosen progress as a snap decision

In recording this week's Cardinals Underground podcast (it will be posted first thing Wednesday morning), among the topics was again, Josh Rosen and what he learned in his rookie year and where he stands going into Year Two. I am in the camp that, because of the many variables he faced with the Cardinals with offensive injuries and coaching changes and personnel issues it was going to be difficult to have a ton of success. (This isn't to say Rosen had problems on his own, but I do believe a clear read on what he is as a QB was impossible to achieve.)

Rosen needs experience. He got some as a rookie as a starter, but he still hasn't had the work others have had.

Last month, there was also a series of tweets, sent out by ESPN's Chris Mortensen, that caught my eye. Mort, tweeting about the kind of work various recent quarterbacks had gotten in college, noted that Rosen had only 1,279 snaps at UCLA. By comparison, Baker Mayfield had 1,902, Jared Goff 1,741 and Patrick Mahomes 1,648, among others. This does not mean Rosen will eventually succeed (or fail), or that there have not been flops with more college snaps (Paxton Lynch) or successes with less (Andrew Luck.)

But it would seem that Rosen can only benefit from more work since he didn't have as much live action in college. Few would argue Rosen is still a work-in-progress. He will benefit from some stability. Kliff Kingsbury and Tom Clements hopefully will deliver that for him. Rosen added another 781 NFL snaps to his resumé in 2018. The hope is that all these things click together for a much better second year under center.

QB Josh Rosen rolls out to throw a pass in Seattle in 2018