Before last year’s NFL draft, Charley Casserly called Josh Rosen the “most pro-ready” quarterback available. Now, the longtime general manager considers him another quarterback the Cardinals shouldn’t build around.
One week after criticizing Kyler Murray’s leadership abilities, Casserly is making similar accusations against Rosen, who could be traded if Arizona ends up taking the Heisman winner with the first pick in the upcoming draft.
“Doesn’t work hard enough. Doesn’t study enough. Doesn’t connect with teammates. Goes off the game plan,” Casserly, a former longtime NFL GM and exec, said on NFL Network on Monday. “Josh Rosen, when you go to your new team, you find out what time the janitor comes in. Then you come in and open the place up.”
It’s unclear how Casserly is so apparently plugged in on Rosen, after he reported last week that Arizona was shopping him. Casserly worked with the Browns at last year’s draft and certainly studied Rosen.
The 22-year-old struggled on the field in his rookie season, completing just 55.2 percent of his passes, with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, while surrounded by one of the worst supporting casts in the league. But even though last year’s 10th-overall pick underwhelmed in his first year out of UCLA, respected veteran Larry Fitzgerald recently vouched for Rosen’s character.
“He’s extremely confident and not in a bad way,” Fitzgerald told azcardinals.com. “He’s able to forget very quickly a bad play, a bad decision. He’s really good at being able to put things behind him. He’s a great teammate. Really insightful. Just great to be around. He’s somebody who is really trying to learn, always. He’s inquisitive about life. And people like that usually find a way to be successful because they put the effort in.
“I think he’s going to be just fine.”
These days, Casserly is working for a company that trains prospects for the team interviews; his criticism for Murray may have been related to Murray not seeking his counsel.