The Patriots Need to Trade for Josh Rosen

Max Staley
Josh Rosen could be an intriguing fit on the New England Patriots.
Josh Rosen could be an intriguing fit on the New England Patriots. / Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

For the first time in two decades, the New England Patriots are searching for a new starting quarterback. They've been rumored to be in the running for well-known veterans like Andy Dalton, Cam Newton and even Jameis Winston, but none of those feel like a "Bill Belichick move."

The more on-brand addition would be to target a highly-touted prospect whose value is at an all-time low. And that prospect figures to be former No. 10 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, Josh Rosen.

Josh Rosen Patriots

Patriots' fans might be, understandably, hesitant to acquire Rosen, who has averaged 5.7 yards per attempt with a 3.8 interception percentage – even higher than Jameis' career INT rate (3.5).

But it's worth considering the context. Rosen has played with a bottom-seven offensive line in each of his first two NFL seasons, according to Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics. In fact, the Miami Dolphins had the league's worst pass-blocking unit by DVOA last season. Neither team had a particularly impressive skill-position group, either.

It's also worth noting that Rosen outplayed Arizona's other quarterback, Sam Bradford, back in 2018. In fact, Rosen posted better per-game numbers than Bradford in virtually every category (except sack rate and completion percentage).

Rosen has been put into back-to-back terrible situations, and it's not a stretch to think that has hindered his development. On the bright side, though, his erratic play shouldn't make him particularly costly to trade for.

He's still a big-time talent who throws a beautiful, accurate ball when protected. Rosen has the requisite ability to prove why he was once a top-10 pick, he just needs a coaching staff capable of salvaging his career.

And there's no one better suited to do that than Belichick and the Patriots.

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