Cardinals’ David Blough to be NFL’s sixty fourth beginning QB in 2022

TEMPE, Ariz. — In a late-week twist, Arizona Cardinals quarterback David Blough will begin on Sunday in opposition to the Atlanta Falcons instead of Colt McCoy, coach Kliff Kingsbury stated Friday.

The choice to take a seat McCoy was carried out out of an “abundance of caution” after McCoy skilled extra concussion signs following Thursday’s follow.

Blough and the Las Vegas Raiders’ Jarrett Stidham will turn out to be the 63rd and sixty fourth quarterbacks to have began an NFL recreation this season, tying a non-strike report set in 2007. The one different NFL season with extra beginning quarterbacks was the 1987 strike yr, when there have been 87 completely different starters.

Solely 11 of the NFL’s 32 groups have had one beginning quarterback this season. On the alternative finish of the spectrum, the Cardinals on Sunday will tie the Los Angeles Rams because the groups with probably the most beginning QBs this season with 4.

Blough, who was signed Dec. 14, discovered Friday morning that he would get the ball in Atlanta over Hint McSorley, who began Sunday night time’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kingsbury stated it could give him an opportunity to judge Blough earlier than selecting between McSorley and Blough for the season finale in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers.

Blough stated listening to that he was going to start out was “maybe shocking.” He can be making his first begin since 2019, when he went 0-5 with the Detroit Lions, and he hasn’t thrown a go in a recreation since 2020.

“You never know how many opportunities you get in this league, and to be able to be standing here after getting here a few weeks ago, I’m excited to go cut it loose and give these guys everything I got,” Blough stated.

When requested how McSorley took the information, Kingsbury stated, “He’s a competitor.”

Blough stated each co-pass-game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Cam Turner and Kingsbury have been working with him to show him the offense and he feels “comfortable” going into Sunday’s recreation.

“He’s done a nice job picking up this week,” Kingsbury stated. “So, we’ll make sure we tailor the script to stuff he feels good about and, um, let him go try to play fast and execute at a high level.”

Blough, who’s from Carrollton, Texas, stated he grew up watching Texas Tech run the Air Raid offense however hasn’t had an opportunity to play in it.

“As a backup in this league, you have to prepare yourself as if you’re gonna play and then you go and do your job,” Blough stated. “Every stop along the way, I think somewhat of an opportunity like this has come along and you gotta prove that you’re ready and can handle these situations.”

Blough, nevertheless, may be with out one of many Cardinals’ high targets on Sunday. Huge receiver DeAndre Hopkins left follow earlier than the open portion was over with what Kingsbury referred to as a “little bit of a knee issue.”

Arizona is anticipated to decide Saturday on whether or not Hopkins will play in opposition to the Falcons.