Josh Rosen, QuarterbackPrior to every draft, there’s almost always a prospect who forces us to confront the most archaic league thinking. Quarterback Josh Rosen daring to be a well-rounded person and have interests outside of football (gasp!) has brought out the worst in bad takes by dinosaur football men.
That, though, has brushed aside a legitimately concerning issue in the modern NFL: concussions.
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Rosen has suffered two of them before taking his first NFL snap, and they both came in 2017.
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He’s taken a lot of whacks over a short period of time. Ligaments and bones heal, but the long-term impact of repeated concussions at the age of just 21 leads to at least some cause for hesitation.
The difficulty with concussions is that, unlike a muscle or bone issue, it’s tough to assess the current damage and then project the likelihood of future re-injury.nfl jerseys china
The New York Giants hold the No. 2 pick and may be in position to select Rosen. Scott Rodeo, their team physician, recently told Dan Duggan of NJ Advance Media that even the simplest measurement (number of concussions) can be flawed too:
“If someone has had three or four concussions, there’s a likelihood that they’re going to have another one. So we try to get the number from the player. You may question the veracity of what he tells you, but we ask the player, and we also get the information from the colleges. So, with a concussion we can look at the number. Beyond that, it’s hard to do much because there’s no imaging per se that tells us anything.”nfl wholesale jerseys
So to some extent teams are operating blind with a top-tier prospect such as Rosen, and there’s a lot of waiting and hoping going on—which is a little scary.