Moon: Darnold, Rosen Could Be Special

Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon likes what he sees from Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen

Reiter Than You
August 10, 2018 - 8:41 am

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon knows a lot about quarterbacking, and based on what he’s seen, he’s very high on former Pac-12 quarterback Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen, who went third and tenth overall to the Jets and Cardinals, respectively.

“I like Sam Darnold just because of the level he played at in college,” Moon said on Reiter Than You. “He played in some big games at USC and played very well in those games. He’s not a dual-threat quarterback, but he’s definitely a guy that has the ability to move around the pocket, move around outside the pocket and make things happen when things break down. I like how gutsy he is. He can throw the ball from a lot of different platforms. I think he’s a very tough character, a tough-minded guy, and I think his teams tend to follow his lead.”

Rosen, meanwhile, could wind up being the best quarterback in this year’s draft.

“Josh Rosen is a guy who’s very, very smooth,” Moon said. “He throws the football as well as any college quarterback I’ve seen in a while. My biggest concern about him is injuries and if he can make things happen when things break down in the pocket – because he’s not as mobile as some of the other guys coming out in this draft. But other than that, if he’s got a pretty good offensive line in front of him to go along with good receivers – he has Larry Fitzgerald there in Arizona – I think has a chance to do some really good things.”

While rookie quarterbacks typically want to play as soon as possible, Rosen has the benefit of sitting and learning behind Sam Bradford.

“He doesn’t feel like all the pressure is on him, and the organization doesn’t feel like they have to put all the pressure on him day one,” Moon said. “They can start their vet, let him get a chance to see how the game goes and then put him in when they think he’s ready to play.”

The Cardinals open the season against Washington on Sept 9 at 4:25 p.m. ET. The Jets, meanwhile, open the season at Detroit on Monday Night Football on Sept. 10. Kickoff is at 7:10 p.m. ET.