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The Cardinals, the combine, Steve Keim, and the Rosen question

The question here in Indianapolis was inevitable, as were ones about evaluating Kyler Murray as a potential No. 1 pick. But there GM Steve Keim was, on the podium, when he was asked if Josh Rosen was his quarterback.

"Is Josh Rosen our quarterback?" Keim said. "Yeah. He is right now, for sure."

Did the answer attract attention? It did. Anything the Cardinals consider, with the top pick, is news. Especially right now when rumors are king. (Already, before Keim even talked, there was a national media member here that told me he thought the Cards would want Murray for the splash it would provide.) Keim left the door ajar, although it figured he'd say something along those lines. It's no-win in some respects -- when Kliff Kingsbury said "Josh is our guy," plenty of people insisted he wouldn't say anything else and it didn't close the door on Murray to the Cardinals.

Keim emphasized, with all the potential draftees, that there was still a ton left to do in the evaluation process. Keim is a scout by trade. To ignore or preempt that process isn't something he would do. To me, nothing has changed -- I still fully expect Rosen to be the QB for the Cardinals for 2019 and, in theory, beyond, with that top pick going to shore up something else on the roster.

But I also understand why the talk isn't going to cease anytime soon.

QB Josh Rosen in a hoodie smiling pregame in 2018