Peterson: Rosen's IQ, pocket presence 'off the charts' – NFL.com

The Arizona Cardinals can’t get enough of their hot-shot rookie quarterback.

New coach Steve Wilks said in May that the likelihood of 10th overall pick Josh Rosen starting in 2018 isn’t a longshot and gushed to reporters that the signal-caller has the “mindset of a vet.” Rosen’s fellow rookie Christian Kirk said that if Rosen were to start Week 1 under center over veteran Sam Bradford, the Cards would have just as good a shot to win right away.

But as first-year Cardinals, Wilks and Kirk are new to the desert. So has optimism about Rosen extended to Arizona’s veterans?

If Patrick Peterson‘s evaluation of the Chosen One is any indication, yes, yes it has.

“I’m very impressed,” Peterson said on Monday’s edition of The Rich Eisen Show. “To see [Rosen] make checks and get guys in line early, I was like, ‘Has this guy been here before?’ I was very, very impressed of his spring camp, minicamp, OTAs. He’s just been extremely sharp.”

Peterson added that he was pleasantly surprised by Rosen’s maturity at camp, given the generally unfounded negative hubbub about his personality during the pre-draft evaluation stage.

“Honestly since he’s been with us, he’s been the total opposite of what you hear from the media or you hear from outside people,” Peterson explained. “The way he’s able to grasp the offense and get guys in line right now, I’ve been very, very impressed with that. As far as his throwing motion and his quarterback IQ and his pocket presence and all that stuff, it’s off the charts. I’ve never seen a rookie come on a team and do some of the things he’s doing.”

That’s high praise — even though, since Peterson was drafted by the Cardinals in 2011, Ryan Lindley and Logan Thomas are the only quarterbacks

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