Quarterback Josh Rosen has been with the Cardinals for only a week, but he’s already had some interesting text exchanges with new teammates.
On the flight from Dallas to Arizona on draft day, the team’s broadcast crew caught Rosen reading aloud a text from starting quarterback Sam Bradford.
Shazier posted the most encouraging sign of his recovery to that date with a picture that appeared to show him standing — albeit with support from teammate Ben Roethlisberger.
That same day, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center released a statement saying that Shazier was discharged from inpatient rehab and will transition into an outpatient program to continue his recovery.
So, it’s clear that there are a lot of evaluators who don’t know what to make of Lamar Jackson. And if NFL teams were put off by Jackson’s refusal to run a 40-yard dash supposedly because he wanted to be thought of as a quarterback as opposed to a pure runner when there’s play after play on tape that shows an athleticism reminiscent of Michael Vick in his prime, that may be more about teams being put off by a player who seemed determined to sculpt his own future.
Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian has led the charge of misunderstanding Jackson’s potential, suggesting that Jackson would be better off switching to receiver in the pros.
It’s not uncommon for prospects to be misdiagnosed by top evaluators, and Jackson’s game resembles few quarterbacks throughout NFL history. There are elements of everyone from Randall Cunningham to Michael Vick to Robert Griffin III to Colin Kaepernick.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected quarterback Mason Rudolph out of Oklahoma State in the third round with the 76th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft after a trade up with the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks received the 79th and 220th overall picks from the Steelers to slide slightly back.