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Josh Rosen
File:Josh Rosen vs Virginia (cropped).jpg
Rosen with UCLA in 2015
No. 3 – Miami Dolphins
Personal information
Born: (1997-02-10) February 10, 1997 (age 24)
Manhattan Beach, California
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:St. John Bosco
(Bellflower, California)
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Career history
* Arizona Cardinals ( 2018)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
* Second-team All-Pac-12 (2017)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Passing attempts:393
Passing completions:217
Completion percentage:55.2
Passing yards:2,278
Passer rating:66.7
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Joshua Ballinger Lippincott Rosen (born February 10, 1997)[1], nicknamed "Chosen Rosen" or "the Chosen One",[2][3] is an American football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). Rosen was a top-rated recruit coming out of high school, where he was named a 2014 USA Today High School All-American. The first true freshman to ever start at quarterback for the UCLA Bruins in a season opener, he was named a Freshman All-American and was honored as the Pac-12 Conference Freshman Offensive Player of the Year in 2015. As a junior, Rosen was named second-team all-conference in the Pac-12 and broke the UCLA record for single-season yards passing. He was then drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Initially, a backup as a rookie, Arizona began the season 0–3 before Rosen became the permanent starter in Week 4, and the Cardinals ended the season with a league-worst 3–13 record. Holding the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Arizona selected quarterback Kyler Murray and traded Rosen to the Dolphins.

Early years

Rosen was born in Manhattan Beach, California, to Charles Rosen, an orthopedic spine surgeon, and Liz Lippincott, a former journalist.[4] Rosen's father is Jewish and was a nationally ranked ice skater who almost qualified for the Winter Olympics in the 1970s, and his mother is a Quaker who was the captain of the Princeton lacrosse team.[5][6] Rosen had a bar mitzvah and identifies as Jewish, saying in 2016: "In retrospect, being Jewish is a big reason why I should have considered UCLA. Just because of how Jewish Hollywood is, and they really want someone to look up to because they just don't have professional athletes."[7][8] He is the great-great-great grandson of Joseph Wharton, an industrialist and namesake of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania,[9] and thus a descendant of Thomas Cornell, progenitor of the Cornell family. He is named after another ancestor, Joseph Ballinger Lippincott, who founded publishing house J. B. Lippincott & Co.[10]

Rosen grew up playing tennis; at age 12 he was the No. 1-ranked player for his age group in Southern California and top-50 in the country,[4] and he became a top-10 player in junior rankings. He was introduced to football in elementary school by a friend's father who was a youth coach.[11] Right before high school, Rosen switched from tennis to football.[12]

High school career

Rosen attended St. John Bosco High School, a Catholic high school in Bellflower, California, where he had a 4.3 GPA.[7][13] As a senior, he was named the Los Angeles Times Player of the Year and the Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team Player of the Year after passing for 3,186 yards, 29 touchdowns, and four interceptions.[12][14] He was named a 2014 USA Today High School All-American.[15] He was also named the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame's Male High School Athlete of the Year.[16] During his playing career, he passed for 11,175 yards and 90 touchdowns.[12]

Rosen was rated by both and as a five-star recruit and ranked as the best quarterback in his class.[17][18] Rivals also ranked him as the best overall recruit.[19] He verbally committed to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in March 2014, and officially signed in September.[20][21][22]

College career

Freshman year

An economics major, Rosen began taking classes at UCLA in January 2015; he enrolled early so he could take part in spring practice.[23][11] With three-year starting quarterback Brett Hundley leaving UCLA early for the National Football League (NFL), a large hole was created on the team.[11] Rosen was UCLA's best quarterback during the spring,[24] and he continued to compete during summer camp to be the team's starting quarterback as a true freshman.[11][25][26][27] On August 26, a week after being publicly criticized by head coach Jim Mora, Rosen was named the Bruins' starting quarterback.[24][28][29] He beat out Jerry Neuheisel, who had three years of experience in offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone's up-tempo spread offense, which was similar to the offense Rosen ran in high school. The freshman called Neuheisel "selfless" for helping him during the competition.[30]

UCLA entered the 2015 season ranked No. 13 by the Associated Press and No. 14 in the Coaches Poll.[28] In the season opener, Rosen completed 28 of 35 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns as UCLA defeated Virginia 34–16,[31] and he became the first true freshman to start a season opener at quarterback for UCLA.[32] He was honored as the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week.[33] In a 17–9 win over No. 18 Utah, he broke Drew Olson's decade-old school record (199) for consecutive passes without an interception. The victory kept UCLA in contention for the Pac-12 championship entering their regular-season finale against their crosstown rivals, the USC Trojans.[34] However, they lost 40–21 to the Trojans as Rosen turned the ball over three times on a fumble and two interceptions, ending his streak of passes without an interception at 245.[35] He was named the Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year and earned Freshman All-American honors from USA Today, Sporting News, and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).[15][32][36][37] He was also named The Sporting News' Freshman of the Year, Pac-12 Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year (coaches), and Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year (AP).[15]

Sophomore year

In 2016, Rosen was injured in an October 8 loss to Arizona State Sun Devils, when he threw for a then-career high 400 yards. He missed the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.[38][39] He had surgery on his throwing shoulder to repair soft-tissue damage.[40] UCLA was 3–3 in Rosen's six starts, and he suffered 13 sacks in the shortened season compared to 14 in all of 2015.[38] The Bruins were 1–5 in the final six games and missed bowl eligibility without him.[41]

Junior year

In the 2017 season opener at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, Rosen completed 35-of-59 passes for 491 yards and four touchdowns to rally UCLA to a 45–44 win over Texas A&M, capped off by a touchdown pass to Jordan Lasley on a fake spike play with 48 seconds to go in the game.[42] The Bruins overcame a 34-point deficit, the largest comeback in school history and the second-most ever in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).[lower-alpha 1] Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said: "We knew he was smart.... But the thing I was really impressed with was his toughness. We hit him and hit him a lot, and he got better. It's not supposed to work that way … especially in the fourth quarter."[44]

The following week, Rosen was 22-of-25 for 329 yards and a career-high five touchdowns in a 56–23 win over Hawaii. It was the 12th 300-yard game of his career, breaking the school record of 11 set previously by Cade McNown.[45] He reached 2,000 yards for the season in five games, the fastest of any player in UCLA history.[46] After five games, Rosen led the nation in passing yards (2,135), total offense (2,158), and touchdowns (17).[47] On October 4, 2017, CBS Sports published a 2018 mock draft that had the Cleveland Browns selecting Rosen with the No. 1 overall pick.[48] On October 28, in a 44–23 loss against Washington, Rosen was forced out of the game in the third quarter due to a concussion, which he had tried hiding from coaches after being injured on a sack in the game's opening drive.[41][49] He completed 12 of 21 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown, the first passing score the Huskies had surrendered in the Pac-12 all season.[41] After missing one game, Rosen returned to the lineup and threw for 381 yards with one touchdown and also scored on a one-yard run in a 44–37 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils.[50] In his first matchup against USC quarterback Sam Darnold, Rosen was 32 of 52 passing for 421 yards along with three touchdowns and an interception in a 28–23 loss to the Trojans. The two passers were among the top prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft.[51][52] In the regular season finale against California, Rosen led the Bruins to a 17–9 lead at the half, but was held out the rest of the game after suffering his second concussion.[53][54] He suffered three sacks, including one late in the second quarter when he was slow to get up after being thrown to the ground. He finished 13-of-18 passing for 202 yards and two touchdowns, and the Bruins won 30–27 to become bowl-eligible.[54]

After leading the conference in passing yards per game, Rosen was voted second-team All-Pac-12.[55] He was retroactively credited with a 39-yard pass to Eldridge Massington that was originally ruled a run against Arizona State. It pushed his season total to 3,756 yards passing, breaking Brett Hundley’s single season school record of 3,740 in 2012.[56] Rosen missed the Cactus Bowl after doctors did not clear him to play.[53] On January 3, 2018, Rosen announced his intentions to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.[57]

College career statistics

Season Team GP Comp Att Comp% Yds Avg TD Int Rat
2015 UCLA 13 292 487 60.0 3,670 7.5 23 11 134.3
2016 UCLA 6 137 231 59.3 1,915 8.3 10 5 138.9
2017 UCLA 11 283 452 62.5 3,756 8.3 26 10 147.0
Career 30 712 1,170 60.9 9,341 8.0 59 26 140.1

Professional career

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 in 226 lb31¾ in9⅞ in 4.92 s 1.71 s 2.84 s 4.28 s 7.09 s 31 in 9 ft 3 in

Arizona Cardinals

Rosen was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round (10th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.[58] He was the fourth quarterback to be selected that year.[59] On May 10, 2018, he signed a four-year deal worth $17.84 million with an $11 million signing bonus.[60] During training camp, Rosen won the backup position over Mike Glennon. He made his first regular season appearance in Week 3 of 2018, replacing starter Sam Bradford with 4:31 remaining against the Chicago Bears and the Cardinals trailing 16–14.[61] Arizona lost the game to fall to 0–3, while Rosen completed four of seven for 36 yards and one interception.[62] Entering the game, the Cardinals had scored just six points and ranked last in a number of offensive categories,[61] but jumped out to a 14–0 first quarter lead before six scoreless possessions prompted Arizona coach Steve Wilks to switch to Rosen.[63]

On September 24, the Cardinals named Rosen the starting quarterback for Week 4.[64] In his first career start, Rosen passed for 180 yards and a touchdown in the 20–17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.[65] He helped the Cardinals earn their first win the following week against the San Francisco 49ers, when he completed 10 of 25 passes for 170 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown pass to fellow rookie, receiver Christian Kirk.[66] In Week 7, Rosen had two of his three interceptions returned for touchdowns, lost two fumbles, and was sacked six times in a 45–10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football.[67] Still ranked among the worst offenses in the league, Arizona fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and replaced him with their quarterback coach, Byron Leftwich.[68] In Week 8, Rosen led the Cardinals to an 18–15 comeback win for a season sweep over the 49ers. He threw a career-high 252 passing yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score to Kirk with 34 seconds remaining to rally the team from a 15–3 fourth-quarter deficit.[69]

Rosen finished his rookie season with 2,278 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions as the Cardinals finished 3–13 (3–10 with Rosen as starter).[70]

Miami Dolphins

On April 26, 2019, after the Cardinals drafted quarterback Kyler Murray first overall the day prior in the 2019 NFL Draft, Rosen was traded to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for the Dolphins' 2019 second-round pick (previously acquired from the New Orleans Saints) and their fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.[71][72] He was named the backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick to start the season.[73]

Career statistics

General Passing Rushing
Season Team GP GS W–L Comp Att Pct Yds Y/A Y/G TD Int Rate Sck Att Yds Y/A Y/G TD Fum
2018 ARI 14 13 3–10 217 393 55.2% 2,278 5.8 162.7 11 14 66.7 45 23 138 6.0 9.9 0 10
Career 14 13 3–10 217 393 55.2% 2,278 5.8 162.7 11 14 66.7 45 23 138 6.0 9.9 0 10

See also


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