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Backup QB Still Undecided Between Hundley, Streveler

Notes: Drake, Hopkins closer to full practice

Coach Kliff Kingsbury talks with quarterbacks Chris Streveler (15), Brett Hundley (7) and Kyler Murray at a recent training camp practice.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury talks with quarterbacks Chris Streveler (15), Brett Hundley (7) and Kyler Murray at a recent training camp practice.

When ex-Canadian Football League player Chris Streveler was signed by the Cardinals, the thought was he might develop into a Taysom Hill-type jack of all trades.

"When I came to work out, coach (Kliff) Kingsbury told me he sees me as a quarterback and he wants to work with me there," Streveler said.

The thought was that maybe Streveler could stick as third on the depth chart and help in places aside from behind center. But Kingsbury went a step beyond that Tuesday, saying that the backup QB role behind Kyler Murray was undecided between Brett Hundley and Streveler.

"We are still working through that," Kingsbury said. "Both guys have had their moments. We want to continue to evaluate through this week and go from there. Both are talented and athletic guys who can come in and allow us to run our offense like we would with Kyler."

Streveler started part of his last season with the Grey Cup-winning Winnipeg Blue Bombers before moving into a backup role with spots as a receiver and runner. Hundley didn't start any games last season but he did come in after Murray was injured in Seattle and helped the Cardinals win against the Seahawks. The final week, he entered for one drive against the Rams in Los Angeles and the Cards scored a touchdown.

Kingsbury has not said if the Cards would keep three quarterbacks, although in a year with the coronavirus, it would not be a surprise. While Kingsbury had said before camp the Cardinals would consider keeping the quarterbacks apart so as to make sure the whole room wouldn't get infected if one was sick, Kingsbury said Tuesday they had decided not to do such a thing.

"We keep them spaced out but we have not separated them in different meeting rooms to that extent," Kingsbury said. "We just make sure they are six feet apart at all times, even on the sideline, and that's been kind of our protocol."


Kingsbury said both wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and running back Kenyan Drake are "close" to returning to full practice. Kingsbury had previously said he didn't want them back on the field until they were 100 percent with an eye toward being ready for the season opener Sept. 13.

"We talked about all along we want to get them into game week and make sure they are comfortable with the game plan and then let them loose," Kingsbury said. "We know what we've got in them."

In the open portion of practice Tuesday, Drake and Hopkins were absent. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was with his unit but did not participate for a second straight practice.


A few defensive players have talked about how fast the Cardinals' offense is playing, but Kingsbury said a big reason was to fast-track the conditioning of players on both sides of the ball after losing the offseason.

"We're trying to get guys in shape by overdoing it," Kingsbury said. "The defensive staff understands that, the defensive personnel understands that. More than anything, 'Hey, we're going to overdo it, we're going to get guys in shape.'

"We have a lot to make up in a short amount of time so we're going to run a lot of plays and try and get a lot of things executed. Kyler has done a nice job handling it and we're hoping the game will slow down for both sides (during the season)."

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