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While it wasn’t anywhere near as creative as what some teams across the league put out — and there were some extremely impressive announcements — the Cardinals played it safe and released a simple highlight tape.
The video featured highlights from Arizona stars like Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson, Christian Kirk and more while showing clips of the Cardinals’ opponents each week. It’s hard to go wrong with a video like that, which is bound to resonate with Cardinals fans across the country.
There was one notable absence from the video, however. Quarterback Josh Rosen was essentially left out of the highlight tape entirely, only appearing in the side of the frame for a brief second. If you aren’t looking carefully, you’ll miss him completely.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) April 18, 2019
Now, maybe it’s nothing. This is just a brief video for social media to announce the team’s schedule for next fall, to be fair.
Or, maybe it’s everything.
Maybe it’s yet another sign the Cardinals and new coach Cliff Kingsbury plan to make a change at the position, just one year after the franchise drafted the former UCLA standout in the first round.
Rosen threw for 2,278 yards and 11 touchdowns in 14 games last season after replacing Sam Bradford as the starting quarterback in Week 4. All signs pointed toward him being the quarterback the Cardinals were going to build around in the future.
Yet this offseason has brought wide speculation that Kingsbury and the Cardinals are going to make a change at quarterback — especially given that Arizona holds the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft later this month.
Many analysts have the Cardinals drafting Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray No. 1 overall later this month, and general manager Steve Keim didn’t deny the team was open to drafting a quarterback with that top pick when he was asked on Tuesday. Arizona could end up trading the top pick, too, and Keim confirmed that other teams are interested in making a deal.
Despite all of the speculation, both Keim and Kingsbury praised Rosen for how he’s handled the uncertainty heading up to the draft. Rosen also has a “good grasp” of Kingsbury’s offense since returning to workouts this month, the former Texas Tech coach said.
“He couldn’t have been better, honestly,” Kingsbury said. “First one to show up, engaging, into it, very sharp. I can’t say enough good things about my interactions with Josh so far.”
Again, maybe it doesn’t mean anything. But leaving Rosen out of a highlight video like that hardly feels unintentional, given that every offensive play has to run through him.
If nothing else, this move keeps Arizona’s options open.
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