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The Cardinals’ David Blough will be the NFL’s 64th starting QB in 2022

The Cardinals’ David Blough will be the NFL’s 64th starting QB in 2022

TEMPE, Ariz. — On a weekend tour, Arizona Cardinals quarterback David Blough it will start on Sunday, against the team Atlanta Falcons instead of Colt McCoycoach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday.

The decision to sit McCoy was made “out of an abundance of caution” after McCoy had additional concussion symptoms following Thursday’s practice.

Bough and Las Vegas RaidersJarrett Stidham they will become the 63rd and 64th quarterbacks to start an NFL game this season, tying the no-strikeout record set in 2007. The only other NFL season with more starting quarterbacks was the strike year of 1987, when there were 87 different starters.

Only 11 of the NFL’s 32 teams have had a starting quarterback this season. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Cardinals will tie on Sunday Los Angeles Rams as the teams with the most starting QBs this season with four.

Signed on Dec. 14, Blough found out Friday morning that he would pass the ball in Atlanta Trace McSorleywhich started Sunday night’s loss Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kingsbury said he would give Blough a chance to evaluate before choosing between McSorley and Blough for the season finale. San Francisco 49ers.

Blough said it was “maybe shocking” to hear he would start. He will make his first start since 2019, when he went 0-5 Detroit Lionsand since 2020 he has not thrown a pass in a game.

“You never know how many opportunities you get in this league, and after coming here a few weeks ago to be able to be here, I’m excited to let loose and give these guys everything I’ve got,” Blough said.

Asked how McSorley took the news, Kingsbury said, “He’s a competitor.”

Blough said Cam Turner and Kingsbury’s running backs coordinator and quarterbacks coach have been working with him to teach the offense and he feels “comfortable” going into Sunday’s game.

“He did a nice job of picking it up this week,” Kingsbury said. “So we’re going to make sure we adjust the script to the things that feel right and let him go try to play fast and execute at a high level.”

Blough, of Carrollton, Texas, said he grew up watching Texas Tech run the Air Raid offense, but hasn’t had a chance to play in it.

“As a backer in this league, you have to prepare yourself like you’re going to play and then go and do your job,” Blough said. “At every stop along the way, I think an opportunity like this has come along and you’ve got to prove that you’re ready and able to handle these situations.”

Blough, however, could be without one of the Cardinals’ top targets on Sunday. Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins he left practice before the end of the opener with what Kingsbury called “a little knee problem.”

Arizona will make a decision on Saturday whether Hopkins will play against the Falcons.



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