Rosen caught everyone’s attention with a 3,670-yard freshman season in 2015.
NFL scouts love the way he looks in the pocket — his footwork, throwing motion, anticipation and accuracy. After an injury-plagued 2016 season, he rebounded in 2017 with numbers nearly identical to those he put up as a freshman. Injuries set in again, though, and with Chip Kelly and a new coaching staff on the way in, it seems like a sure thing that Rosen will enter the draft. He’s enough of a prospect to merit consideration at No. 1 overall — especially if Sam Darnold doesn’t come out.
Kiper’s draft ranking: No. 1 QB and No. 4 overall prospect. From Kiper’s Big Board: I have Rosen over Darnold for now, but it’s close, and things could change between now and April. … There aren’t many quarterbacks who can make the throws [Rosen] does.
McShay’s draft ranking: No. 1 QB and No. 1 overall prospect. From McShay’s Top 32: Rosen is far superior [than Darnold] going through his progressions and has a pretty deep ball. He’s a better QB right now, but that doesn’t mean he will be down the line.
Just so natural in everything he does on the field. You watch him in the pocket and it’s like he was born to do it. The way he sees the field, the way he operates the offense, just total command. If I had his kind of natural ability, I think I’d be that way too. — NFC offensive coach.
Isaiah Thomas couldn’t help but grin as he walked onto the court to play in his first game in seven months on Tuesday night against the Trail Blazers. He checked in off the bench to a huge standing ovation in Cleveland, and didn’t keep his emotions in.
Thomas took months to properly heal a hip injury over the summer, and through the beginning of the Cavaliers season, waiting for this point. For half of that recovery period, he thought he’d make his comeback in Celtics green, until he was blindsided by a Kyrie Irving blockbuster deal in August.
Thomas was ALL the way back, at least physically, in his Cavs debut, though. He scored 17 points, dished three assists, and knocked down four three-pointers, shooting his way right into the Cavs offense. He played limited minutes (19), but his role as scorer stayed true for every tick.