The long snapper spent more than 10 seasons with the Eagles before he was traded to the Saints in August. That move may have ended up saving his life, as doctors discovered during a physical that he had an aortic aneurysm.
“I kind of just geeked out a little bit,” a laughing Rosen told co-host Gil Brandt and me Wednesday night on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I was like, ‘Hey, my grandma’s the world’s largest Eagles fan. I grew up watching you guys. And it’s just so cool to meet you.'”
Rosen should feel good about being back. Despite warming up in full pads in a last-ditch effort to play, Rosen was kept out of UCLA’s bowl game in late December by the school’s medical staff because he had suffered two concussions in a four-week span.
Combined with a shoulder injury that prematurely ended his sophomore campaign, Rosen has a medical history that will draw added scrutiny from NFL suitors.
Despite ranking second among all FBS quarterbacks in 2017 with an average of 341.5 passing yards per game, Rosen admits he was disappointed in his junior season — and not just because he didn’t get to play in the finale before opting to turn pro.
One source told Rapoport that “nine months gets us to September. Then it’ll be 12 months until he really looks the same.”
“I’m aiming for Week 1,” Wentz told reporters last week. “The rehab schedule doesn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling very confident with it.
“I 100 percent believe I’ll be back better than ever, stronger than ever, with no looking back.”
Wentz, 25, threw for 3,296 yards and ranked second in the NFL in touchdown passes with 33 to just seven interceptions despite missing the final three games of the regular season.
Rosen is earmarked as a true franchise-caliber quarterback entering April’s draft. But exactly where he gets chosen among a group that includes Southern Cal’s Sam Darnold, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield remains anyone’s guess.