Detroit Lions: 3 trades to make before the 2020 season

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Josh Rosen, Miami Dolphins
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Potential Trade #3: Josh Rosen

Not too many people are still behind quarterback Josh Rosen after two failed seasons with the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins. The harsh reality is that despite playing around terrible talent, his leadership skills are deservedly questioned.

Although it’s hard not to ask what if? What if he played under a better offensive line? What if he was drafted to a good organization? Now, of course, the Lions aren’t a premier club in the NFL, but they would provide him with some of the best offensive talents he’s had in his young career.

During Rosen’s rookie year, he played behind the 32nd ranked offensive line, according to Pro Football Focus. Ironically, a year later, when he was traded to Miami, his offensive line again ranked dead last.

The Lions, however, had the 11th ordered offensive line. Detroit’s receiving core is arguably much better than the 2018 Cardinals and 2019 Dolphins.

Obviously, Matthew Stafford is in his way of any real playing time, but if he were to get injured, that could change. Josh Rosen would have the chance to prove himself in a disaster scenario. However, it’d be the first time in his career playing with solid talent.

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Stafford also provides a real mentor for Rosen, whose best mentor has been quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. No offense towards Fitzpatrick, we all love him, but he’s not the guy you want a young quarterback leaning on.