Cardinals coach Steve Wilks says Sam Bradford still starting QB, but Josh Rosen can compete for job
The Arizona Cardinals made a splash by moving up to take UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen with the 10th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. However, the starting quarterback job in Arizona is hardly his at the moment.
The Cardinals hoped to bring some stability under center with the signing of quarterback Sam Bradford this offseason. According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, head coach Steve Wilks insists the Bradford will still be the starter moving forward:
“We got Sam to be our starting quarterback and I would still say that is the case,” Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said. “I’m very excited about Josh . . . what he can bring. Every position is open for competition.”
Wilks’ comments should come as no surprise considering what Arizona has invested under center at the moment. The Cardinals signed Bradford to a two-year, $20 million deal, with $15 million guaranteed this offseason. That said, they would likely want to get at least a full season out of him while they develop Rosen into their future franchise quarterback.
However, Rosen may be hesitant to relinquish any opportunity to start as soon as possible. The former UCLA product expressed his bitterness toward dropping to the 10th spot and is hoping to get back at the teams that passed on him.
Regardless, it is clear that Wilks is in no rush to get him on the field before he is ready. This may be a wise choice considering that putting a rookie quarterback in against a defense like the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2 would not be ideal. However, given Bradford’s extensive injury history, Rosen’s chances at making his debut in the 2018 NFL season is certainly a possibility.