Cardinals QB Kyler Murray not the sure Week 1 starter
New Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury’s love for Kyler Murray was no secret leading up to the NFL Draft.
Kingsbury continued to show his affection for his new quarterback on The Jim Rome Show by saying that Murray has “too great a skill set to pass up.” Having that kind of talent and being the catalyst for the organization’s change of direction at quarterback isn’t enough for Murray to be the unquestioned starter, however.
“We’ll see. We’re still working through all those things,” Kingsbury said. “We have Brett Hundley here who we’re very excited about, but we’ll see where that kinda goes.”
Moreover, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim provided the team’s plan during a Monday appearance on The Rich Eisen Show when asked directly if Murray would open the regular season as the starter against the Detroit Lions.
“We didn’t draft him [No.] 1 overall to ride the pine,” Keim said. I know it’s a lot to put on his back, but that’s why we drafted him.”
Kingsbury was asked how his offense will look compared to others in the NFL and said it was still taking shape, but that the team is “going to build it around Kyler.”
At this point, the only way for Hundley to start would be an injury to Murray. Given that and the skill set that led the team to make Murray the first overall pick, it will be a great surprise if Murray is healthy and on the bench in Week 1.