Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim knows how legendary quarterback Chris Streveler is in Canada.
Keim signed Streveler in early February following a visit and workout at the Cardinals facility in December and January, respectively.
“He is a legend in the CFL. Winnipeg won their first Grey Cup in 29 years because of him and what he brought to the table,” Keim said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM radio.
“He’s competitive, he’s fun to watch, he’s a gritty guy and can really run and make plays with his feet.”
The 24-year-old Streveler threw for 2,698 yards in two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers along with 19 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. He 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.
“He’s a unique guy. He brings a number of things, he’s gotta make the team first, but he is somebody that we followed, we’re excited about,” Keim said.
Streveler joins a Cardinals team that starts 2019 No. 1 NFL draft pick Kyle Murray at quarterback. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury likes Streveler as a quarterback. Kingsbury is known for having an innovative and creative approach on offence.
“It’ll be interesting to see him in this offence,” Keim said. “Maybe there is a little Taysom Hill that he brings different things to the table. But it’s all projection and we’ll find out soon.”