Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury: ‘It’s not one of those deals where Chris Streveler’s a slash guy, he’s a real quarterback’

From Kliff Kingsbury’s mouth: Chris Streveler has secured his status as the Arizona Cardinals backup quarterback for the foreseeable future.

Changes can happen quickly in the fast-paced world of pro football, be it the CFL or NFL. For the time being, Streveler is the number two QB behind face of the franchise Kyler Murray.

“Yeah. We really like Chris, didn’t know what to expect, watched his CFL stuff and he was running around up there making a lot of plays. You get him here and he did a nice job picking up our offence, very accurate, smart, athletic as you can see,” Kingsbury said.

Streveler registered one carry for three yards in the third quarter of Sunday’s game between Arizona and San Francisco, converting on a key third down. Murray remained on the field with Streveler and ran in motion behind the line of scrimmage. Unlike the CFL, the NFL allows more than one quarterback to be on the field at the same time.

“We wanted to get him involved. We’ll see where it goes, but he plays quarterback. It’s not one of those deals where he’s a slash guy, he’s a real quarterback and he’s done a really nice job,” Kingsbury said.

“We feel great about Brett [Hundley] as well, ya’ll saw what Brett did last year when he had his opportunities, but we felt like for now Strev gives us a dynamic there, with his special teams ability as well, that we’re going to have him up right now.”

Streveler was the Cardinals’ lone backup quarterback after Hundley, the journeyman pivot, was scratched and listed as an inactive an hour before kickoff. “Got in on a little wedge action and we got a huge dub! Fun day,” Streveler tweeted after the game.

The contest ended in a 24-20 victory for Arizona over the heavily-favoured, defending NFC champion 49ers. It will be intriguing to watch how Streveler is utilized by Kingsbury as the 2020 NFL season progresses.

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