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5 Things to Know About New Vikings Practice Squad QB Josh Rosen

QB Josh Rosen
QB Josh Rosen

EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings have added quarterback Josh Rosen to their practice squad, the team announced Tuesday.

Rosen joins the Vikings after the Cardinals signed QB David Blough off Minnesota's practice squad to their active roster last week.

Starting QB Kirk Cousins and backup Nick Mullens are on the Vikings 53-man roster.

Rosen initially was the 10th overall draft pick by the Cardinals in 2018. Most recently, he was with Cleveland; he was released from the Browns practice squad on Oct. 10.

Here are five things to know about Rosen:

1. Former Bruin

Rosen played collegiately at UCLA, where in 2015 he received Freshman All-American and Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year honors.

As a junior in 2017, Rosen helped lead the Bruins to the largest comeback win in UCLA history, resulting in a 45-44 defeat of Texas A&M after trailing 44-10 in the third quarter. Rosen set the school's single-season passing yards record that season with 3,756.

Rosen joins Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks as UCLA alums in Minnesota; the two did not overlap with the Bruins, though.

2. An NFL journeyman

Rosen spent time with six different NFL rosters before joining Minnesota.

After being drafted by Arizona, Rosen replaced starter Sam Bradford in Week 4. He finished his rookie season with 2,278 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

Rosen was traded to Miami in 2019 after Arizona drafted Kyler Murray. He spent that season with the Dolphins, who waived him in September 2020. He spent time with the Buccaneers (practice squad) and the 49ers in 2020, the Falcons in 2021 and started this season with the Browns.

3. Family of athletes

A native of Torrance, California, Rosen is the son of Charles Rosen, an orthopedic spine surgeon who was a nationally ranked ice skater who almost qualified for the Winter Olympics in the 1970s. His mother, Liz, also knows her way around the ice, is a former journalist and was the captain of the Princeton lacrosse team.

4. High school honors

Rosen attended St. John Bosco High School, where as a senior he was named the Los Angeles Times' Player of the Year and the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Dream Team Player of the Year after passing for 3,186 yards and 29 touchdowns with just four interceptions. He was named a 2014 USA TODAY High School All-American, as well as the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame's Male High School Athlete of the Year.

5. From the court to the field

Growing up, Rosen was a talented tennis player who earned multiple accolades before focusing on football in high school. Analysts prior to the NFL Draft noted that a tennis background helped Rosen's footwork on the football field.

Cousins has added tennis to his offseason workouts in recent years and has described that benefit, as well as the overlap between the motion of a serve and throwing a football.