As NFL teams are cutting their rosters down to 53 players, one of the top quarterbacks to hit waivers was Josh Rosen.
The former No. 10 overall pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2018, Rosen was competing for a backup spot with the Miami Dolphins behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and No. 5 overall pick Tua Tagovailoa.
However, Miami opted to keep just those two and waive Rosen, who becomes one of the more intriguing backup options for someone like the Cincinnati Bengals, who only have Joe Burrow and Ryan Finley on the 53-man roster.
During Saturday’s meeting with the media, head coach Zac Taylor was asked about Rosen, an idea that was quickly shut down.
Bengals' Zac Taylor on QB Josh Rosen: "That's not the direction we're headed right now."— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) September 5, 2020
Rosen was traded to Miami during draft weekend in April 2019 for a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick after Arizona made Kyler Murray the No. 1 overall pick.
Rosen started three games last season for the Dolphins, completing 53% of his passes for 567 yards with one touchdown vs. five interceptions. He has a 22.8 Total QBR over his two seasons, which ranks last among quarterbacks to appear in at least 20 games in that span.
Though he’s not lived up to his draft billing, Rosen is still worthy of a backup spot with some team. But Cincinnati won’t be that place.