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Is Josh Rosen worth another chance?

Per a report from NFL Network’s Michael Giardi, Josh Rosen is a candidate to be traded for the second time before his 24th birthday, with several teams calling the Miami Dolphins about his availability.

It’s not exactly a surprising development. Rosen is no longer the intriguing potential quarterback of the future on the roster after Miami drafted Tua Tagovailoa fifth overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, and journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick gives the Dolphins a better chance of winning games next season if they decide to bring Tagovailoa along slowly. Rosen has once again become expendable, but the question now becomes: Just how desirable is he? Is he worth giving up anything of value in the hopes that he looks like a former first-round pick in a better offensive environment?

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Rosen's nightmarish hand to start his NFL career

You just have to feel bad about the hand Rosen has been dealt in his first two NFL seasons. As an NFL team, you want to be able to protect your young quarterback, keeping him from running for his life on half of his dropbacks. That’s a quick way to shatter confidence for a player making the difficult jump from college to the NFL. Not only did the Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals fail to do that, but they were the worst two pass-blocking offensive lines in the NFL with Rosen behind center the past two seasons. It wasn’t particularly close, either.

Lowest pass-blocking grade by an offensive line | Since 2015
Team Season OL Pass-Blocking Grade
Dolphins 2019 46.1
Cardinals 2018 52.2
Texans 2017 52.4

It would be one thing if Rosen remained on the same team and they threw up the two lowest pass-blocking grades in consecutive seasons, but he actually got a “fresh start” in Miami only to play behind arguably the worst offensive line over the past decade. His receiving options weren’t a whole lot better, either, as the 2018 Cardinals finished 30th overall in team receiving grade and the 2019 Dolphins ended last season ranked tied for 28th in the same metric.

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