David Blough becomes the fourth starter for the Cardinals in four games. Kyler Murray started Week 14 before a knee injury ended his season; Colt McCoy started Week 15 before being diagnosed with a concussion; and Trace McSorley started week 16.
McCoy was expected to return to the starting lineup this week, but was scratched when concussion-like symptoms returned on Thursday.
The Cardinals could have gone back to McSorley, but after he threw for 217 yards with an interception last week in a 19-16 loss to the Bucs, the team wants to see what Blough can do. It’s time for them to evaluate and look ahead to 2023.
Blough signed with the Cardinals from the Vikings’ exhibition team the same day Murray was placed on injured reserve on December 14.
“Learning a new offense wherever you go is a quarterback’s first goal,” Blough said Friday through Arizona Sports’ Tyler Drake. “You come in and take pride in studying it and working on it, and I feel comfortable. They did a good job getting me ready.”
Blough has not started a game since starting five in 2019, his only career start. He has not thrown a pass in a regular season game since week 16 of the 2020 season.
“I’m blessed to be here before you,” Blough said. “I am grateful to everyone who has helped me get to where I am today with this opportunity this week. I hope they all know I just let it go and be proud. I’m just thankful.”
Of course, Blough has nothing to lose except a game, with the Cardinals already out of postseason contention.
“He’s a sharp kid, knows some basic concepts and the game plan he picked up well this week,” said Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury. “We’ll make sure we tailor the script to things he’s comfortable with and let him try and play fast and execute at a high level.”
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