TEMPE, Ariz. — In a late-week twist, Arizona Cardinals quarterback David Blough will begin on Sunday versus the Atlanta Falcons in location of Colt McCoy, coach Kliff Kingsbury stated Friday.
The choice to sit McCoy was done out of an “abundance of caution” after McCoy experienced extra concussion signs following Thursday’s practice.
Blough and the Las Vegas Raiders’ Jarrett Stidham will end up being the 63rd and 64th quarterbacks to have actually begun an NFL video game this season, connecting a non-strike record embeded in 2007. The just other NFL season with more beginning quarterbacks was the 1987 strike year, when there were 87 various beginners.
Only 11 of the NFL’s 32 groups have actually had one beginning quarterback this season. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Cardinals on Sunday will connect the Los Angeles Rams as the groups with the most starting QBs this season with 4.
Blough, who was signed Dec. 14, learnt Friday early morning that he would get the ball in Atlanta over Trace McSorley, who began Sunday night’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Kingsbury stated it would provide him an opportunity to assess Blough prior to selecting in between McSorley and Blough for the season ending versus the San Francisco 49ers.
Blough stated hearing that he was going to begin was “maybe shocking.” He will be making his very first start given that 2019, when he went 0-5 with the Detroit Lions, and he hasn’t tossed a pass in a video game given that 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 asked how McSorley took the news, Kingsbury stated, “He’s a competitor.”
Blough stated both co-pass-game planner and quarterbacks coach Cam Turner and Kingsbury have actually been dealing with him to teach him the offense and he feels “comfortable” entering into Sunday’s video game.
“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 is from Carrollton, Texas, stated he matured seeing 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 without among the Cardinals’ leading targets on Sunday. Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins left practice prior to the open part was over with what Kingsbury called a “little bit of a knee issue.”
Arizona is anticipated to decide Saturday on whether Hopkins will bet the Falcons.