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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Earlier in the off-season Brett Hundley told the media not to overlook him as an option for the Cardinals starting quarterback job. It was hard to take that claim seriously because there’s been plenty of braggadocios players throughout NFL history who never amounted to anything.
However Brett Hundley has backed it up by playing well on the field. In Arizona’s first two preseason games Hundley threw for 243 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions. When you compare that to Kyler Murray’s 56 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions it’s clear that right now Hundley is probably the better option. Of course this conflict’s with the Kyler Murray is the savior narrative that Arizona has been pushing since the draft. At the moment though it’s about doing what’s best for the team and that might mean making Murray the backup until he’s ready. It’s not just the stats which are driving this decision either. Hundley has made most of his throws look easy over the past couple of weeks. Including a perfect downfield strike against the Oakland Raiders. Then there’s the poise side of it and the Cardinals actually come off as a competitive team when number 7 (Hundley) is under center. Kliff Kingsbury doesn’t have a choice the expectations are on another level in pro football and if he doesn’t go with Hundley it puts his own job in jeopardy. Murray is still the future but now isn’t the right time.
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Brett Hundley is looks like a starting quarterback and that means the Arizona Cardinals have a big decision on their hands.