“Smart, this guy is extremely smart,” Wilks said of Rosen, the No. 10 overall pick (via Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic). “His ability to see certain things from the defense and pick it up quickly and execute … I don’t want to say this, but he has the mindset of a vet, the way he sees the game. He’s not playing like a vet. Make sure you guys understand that. He’s still a rookie, OK? But he sees things from a different lens.”
So far, Bradford is healthy “and when he’s healthy, he’s great,” Wilks said. Still, Wilks believes in competition and is not ready to hand him the job here in May.
Here’s more from the NFC West:
- Meanwhile, Wilks acknowledges that new Cardinals cornerback Jamar Taylor is the leading candidate to start opposite of Patrick Peterson (via The Associated Press). For his part, Taylor says he’s excited about the opportunity. “It’s just more plays for whoever’s over there,” Taylor said. “More plays, that’s how you’ve got to look at it. More opportunities for you to get picks. When I went to Cleveland, I played opposite Joe Haden. That meant more plays that year. I made a lot of plays on the ball. Playing opposite from a guy like Pat, it’s a huge deal, you’ve got to hold your own.” Taylor must be enthused about the opportunity after accepting a drastic pay cut to facilitate the trade with the Browns.
- The 49ers have a glut of inside linebackers after building a contingency plan for Reuben Foster, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle writes. The Niners will still have use for Brock Coyle, free agent pickup Korey Toomer, and third-round pick Fred Warner this year, but the numbers game could affect former Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith. The 28-year-old joined the Niners on a five-year, $26.5MM contract last year, but his deal doesn’t include any guaranteed money in 2019. After that, the final two seasons on his pact are option years.
- Rams defensive end Morgan Fox suffered a torn ACL that will keep him off of the field in 2018.