Taysom Hill to Glendale? The Arizona Cardinals have their No. 1 quarterback pegged for the future in former Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, but what do they do with his backup?
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, speaking to Arizona Sports 98.7, likened former CFL signal-caller Chris Streveler, signed from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in February, to New Orleans Saints free agent utility player Taysom Hill.
“He has to make the team first, but he is someone we followed,” Keim said. “He’s competitive, he’s fun to watch, he’s a gritty guy, he can really run, make plays with his feet. It’ll be interesting to see him in this offense. Maybe there is a little Taysom Hill, he brings different things to the table. But it’s all projection.”
Murray, 22, en route to winning the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year, recorded 3,722 passing yards on a 64.4 completion percentage for the Cardinals, connecting on 20 touchdowns and a dozen interceptions, appearing in all 16 games in the first year for the 2019 draft's No. 1 selection. Murray's backup, however, was Brett Hundley, a 26-year-old gunslinger who played for the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks in the past and only threw the ball 11 times during the 2019 season.
Keim comparing Streveler to Hill is interesting considering the Saints quarterback/receiver/rusher is also a free agent and is looking to be more than the versatile player on offense that was employed by New Orleans head coach Sean Payton especially in the last two seasons. With Murray firmly entrenched as the QB1 on the Cardinals for years to come, it's eye-opening to see how the GM views the backup situation as well as maximizing the offense.
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