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'Aim small, miss small': Josh Rosen wows teammates with football philosophy

Posted at 4:32 PM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 19:32:32-04

If you've seen the movie "The Patriot" starring Mel Gibson, you're probably familiar with the term "aim small, miss small." The idea: By aiming for a smaller target, you're likely to miss that target by a smaller margin.

Cardinals quarterback and first-round 2018 NFL Draft pick Josh Rosen is apparently a fan of that phrase, and has applied it to the concept of accurately throwing passes to his teammates.

Running back Chase Edmonds, the Cardinals' fourth-round pick in 2018, said he and his fellow rookies were impressed when Rosen dropped that phrase during a meeting of rookie players following the draft.

"I'll never forget it," Edmonds says. "Guys were talking about our nerves with just being on the field and really trying to adjust to the NFL game ... and (Rosen) was talking about what he does as a quarterback where he’s like, 'All right, if I have a pass play, I just focus on this particular read so I know that if this linebacker’s doing this, then I have to do this.'

"And when Josh is done explaining about the concept of 'aim small, miss small,' and how it can just help you with your nerves, the room went silent. And I remember breaking that silence like, 'That’s a franchise quarterback,'" Edmonds said.

Along with being a gifted quarterback who's not short on confidence, Rosen is known as an exceptionally smart individual. Edmonds can vouch for that.

"He’s extremely intelligent, man. Very mature," Edmonds said. "He’s a great friend to me already. I’ve gotten to spend some time with him and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Josh."