Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson expects veteran Sam Bradford to be the team’s starting quarterback to begin the 2018 season, but also said rookie Josh Rosen “blew my mind” during offseason workouts.
Peterson made the comments Monday to SiriusXM NFL Radio, adding that Bradford will “for sure” be the Week 1 starter as long as he is healthy and the team can protect him. However, he was equally as impressed by Rosen’s football IQ and skill set.
“Just to see him run hurry up offense, to see him make all these different checks, to see him put guys in position. I was completely stunned when I saw it,” Peterson said. “I was like, ‘This guy’s only been here a week, and he’s already doing what? We’re already running two-minute offense now?’
“I was very, very impressed with that, and he’s definitely the future of our franchise.”
Rosen was selected by the Cardinals with the 10th overall pick — the fourth quarterback off the board in the 2018 NFL Draft despite his success in three years as UCLA’s starter. Arizona thought enough of him to move up five spots to secure Rosen, giving up a third-round pick to do so.
“I believe we finally found us one,” Peterson said. “Hopefully, he can stay healthy, he can have that same determination, that same competitive edge that he had when he was at UCLA to help us get over the top as well.”
The Cardinals added Bradford, Rosen and Mike Glennon this offseason after Carson Palmer retired and backups Drew Stanton (Browns) and Blaine Gabbert (Titans) signed elsewhere.
–Field Level Media