Former CFL QB Chris Streveler signs with Arizona Cardinals

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Former CFL quarterback Chris Streveler has signed with the Arizona Cardinals, per NFL sources.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers released Streveler to pursue NFL opportunities. He visited Arizona in December and worked out for the Cardinals in January.

The 24-year-old Streveler threw for 2,698 yards in two seasons with the Bombers along with 19 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. He has rushed for 1,167 yards and 22 touchdowns averaging 5.7 yards per carry.

Streveler was especially effective for Winnipeg during the 2019 CFL championship run in the post-season. He rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown in the West Semi-Final in Calgary and threw a touchdown pass to Andrew Harris in the Grey Cup.

The University of South Dakota product has drawn comparisons to New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Taysom Hill as an explosive athlete who can attack defences with his arm and legs. He runs a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, posted a 38.5-inch vertical, and fired off a 10-foot, five-inch broad jump – all at six-foot-two, 209 pounds.

Each of the three testing results would have been top among all quarterbacks who attended the 2018 NFL Combine. But take the QB position designation away for a second, and those numbers would be high among any skill position group – and they are certainly elite for signal callers.

Every single NFL franchise had a representative at Streveler’s pro day in March 2018 and he worked out privately for the Chicago Bears but went unselected in the 2018 NFL Draft – he actually turned down NFL rookie mini-camp invites to sign in Winnipeg.

Streveler was a captain and led the Coyotes to the FCS playoffs for the first time in program history as a senior. He completed 65.7 per cent of his passes for 4,134 yards, 32 touchdowns against eight interceptions while rushing for 720 yards and 11 touchdowns on 168 carries (4.3 yards-per-carry-average) during 13 games in his senior season for South Dakota.

Streveler joins a Cardinals team that starts 2019 No. 1 NFL draft pick Kyle Murray at quarterback. Arizona has Brett Hundley as their current backup QB. He was selected in the fifth round pick, 147th overall of the 2015 NFL draft. Undrafted free agent passer Drew Anderson is the other pivot on the Cardinals roster. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury likes Streveler as a quarterback. Although, Kingsbury is known for having an innovative and creative approach on offence.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.