Trey Lance may have gotten the bulk of the spotlight and headlines to come out of Saturday night’s 19-16 49ers preseason loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, but the game was very important for former NFL first-round pick Josh Rosen. He is fighting to prove he should stay on the 49ers’ roster once it gets trimmed down to 53 players on August 31.
Rosen finished out Saturday night’s game as he completed 10-of-15 passes for 93 yards with zero touchdowns and one interception.
That one interception was concerning, because it was truly a terrible pass. Rosen was easily picked off by the Kansas City Chiefs when he wildly overthrew his wide receiver across the middle.
“I think he started off real well,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan previously said of Rosen. “I think he’s taken a couple of steps back the last few practices. You know, it was unfortunate on [interception during Sunday’s practice]. We were supposed to go to someone and we had a busted route, so then it kind of fell apart and he tried to overcompensate and he made a bad situation worse.”
After Saturday night’s game, Rosen was asked about Shanahan’s criticism:
“I don’t really get many reps in practice so you just have to sort of weather the emotional roller coaster when one or two out of your three throws in live team reps aren’t very good,” Rosen said. “You definitely have to mentally work on keeping sort of a calm head. The best quarterbacks in the game are so good because they’re so disciplined at making their reads, and they check the ball down when they need to take completions when it’s there. Sometimes if you’re in a competition and you only get two or three throws a day you just can’t do something to try and show off or this, that or whatever. You just have to stay disciplined. If your four throws of the day are going to be two to the back and two in the flats or something like that, then that’s what it’s got to be. I’m just trying to learn the offense and get used to it and take advantage of every opportunity I have.”