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49ers waive Josh Rosen in first round of roster cuts, former top 10 pick looking for fifth team in four years

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Josh Rosen’s chances of making the San Francisco 49ers roster have come to an end. The 49ers waived Rosen on Tuesday as they trimmed their roster down to 85 players. In correlation with the move, San Francisco claimed cornerback Davontae Harris off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens

The recent cut has been a setback for Rosen’s chances of continuing his NFL career. He was signed off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad in December by the 49ers and was with the team for nine months, only to be beaten out by Nate Sudfeld for the team’s No. 3 quarterback job. 

Sudfeld didn’t even play in the 49ers’ preseason opener last week, with Rosen getting third-team reps over him. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said earlier this week that Sudfeld would get his opportunity for snaps in the team’s second preseason game — perhaps a sign of things to come for Rosen. 

“I wanted to make sure Josh got some playing time,” Shanahan said Monday. “I didn’t want him to go in one series and then put the other one in. So he got the majority of that. So the next time that we get to our third guy, that’ll be Nate.”

The 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft by the Arizona Cardinals, Rosen lasted just one season in Arizona before the Cardinals jettisoned him to the Miami Dolphins in 2019. He only lasted with the Dolphins for one season before being waived. Rosen landed on the Buccaneers practice squad in September 2020 before the 49ers signed him off Tampa Bay’s practice squad.

Of the 42 quarterbacks that have more than 500 passing attempts since 2018, here’s where Rosen ranks among them: 

  • Completion percentage — 54.78% (42nd)
  • Touchdown passes — 12 (42nd)
  • Passer rating — 63.5 (42nd)
  • Yards per attempt — 5.67 (42nd)
  • Win-loss percentage — .188 (42nd)

The teams Rosen has played on are just 3-13 in his 16 starts. With this latest setback to Rosen’s career, it’s hard to believe he’ll ever get the opportunity to resurrect his NFL career as a starting quarterback. Where Rosen ends up next will be intriguing, especially if the fifth team he plays for can be the one to tap into his potential. 

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