2021 Cardinals training camp preview: Quarterbacks

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The Arizona Cardinals will kick off training camp next week, with veterans officially reporting on July 27. Rookies will be in camp on the 22nd.

This begins a series of training camp previews looking at each position group, taking a look at the players on the roster, their play last season, the questions for the upcoming season and the roster outlook.

We start with the quarterbacks.

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The players on the roster

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The Cardinals enter training camp with three quarterbacks on the roster.

2020 stats

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  • Kyler Murray: 67.2% completion percentage, 3,971 yards, 26 TDs, 12 INTs; 819 rushing yards, 6.2 YPC, 11 TDs

  • Colt McCoy: 60.6% completion percentages, 375 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 12 rushing yards

  • Chris Streveler: 68.8$ completion percentage, 105 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 15 rushing yards

Questions for 2021

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The major questions surrounding Murray are simply about how good he will be in 2021. He exceeded expectations as a rookie and did so again in 2020. He flirted with the possibility of 5,000 combined passing and rushing yards. He looked like a legitimate MVP candidate midway through the season. The Cardinals just missed the playoffs after starting the year 6-3. Can he take the next step in his development and possibly have the sort of impact in his third season that Josh Allen did last season for the Buffalo Bills? Will he take the next step in the passing game? Will he be more of a leader? The Cardinals will go as far as Murray takes them. The other questions at the position are secondary. Will they keep three on the roster like last season? Will Chris Streveler have a role in the offense at all? Colt McCoy's career seems to make him a lock for the roster and is expected to be the backup. But can Streveler beat him out the way he beat out Brett Hundley?

Position battles

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There is no question as to who the starter is. That is Murray. McCoy is expected to be the primary backup, but Brett Hundley was expected to be that guy in 2020 and was beat out by Streveler. Streveler will have to show a lot to beat out McCoy for the backup role.

Roster outlook

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Murray is obviously a lock to make the roster. McCoy is the favorite to make the team as well as the backup. He has a decade of experience in the league. But his contract is for the league minimum. Streveler is on the bubble, although the expanded practice squad makes it easier to keep him around. He will need to be significantly better than McCoy to make the team over him.

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