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Arizona Cardinals cut Colt McCoy, will start player acquired 4 days ago or 5th round rookie at quarterback

by Moxieplay

The Arizona Cardinals are in shambles to start the 2023 NFL season.

Big money quarterback Kyler Murray is still rehabbing a torn ACL and will not be activated from the PUP list before Tuesday’s deadline, which means he will definitely miss the first four games of the regular season. With Murray out, the Cardinals have been in a full-on quarterback competition to find the most competent starter for Week 1.

One QB down

Colt McCoy, who had been with the team since 2021, was expected to be the front-runner. But on Monday, the Cardinals released the 36-year-old veteran, which thickened the plot.

With McCoy gone, it appears the competition is now down to two players: Joshua Dobbs and Clayton Tune.

Dobbs and Tune

Dobbs was acquired via trade for a 7th round draft pick on August 24 and now has a real opportunity to start in the first game of the season just a few weeks later. He started two games for the Tennessee Titans last year, the first two starts of his career. Dobbs then signed with the Cleveland Browns in March, but he was surpassed for the backup job by rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson.

Tune was a 5th round pick by the Cardinals in the latest NFL Draft. He played at the University of Houston for five seasons and was really impressive in his final two, earning First-Team All-AAC honors in 2022. Tune didn’t light the world on fire in the preseason, but he showed enough to earn consideration for the starting job.

Are the Cards tanking?

Dobbs is probably the favorite at this moment in time, but the Cardinals are clearly in desperation mode with Murray unavailable. Considering Arizona will likely have a high pick in the 2024 NFL Draft and they own the Houston Texans‘ first round selection as well, the Cardinals might be tanking right in front of our eyes.

Who can blame them with Heisman winner Caleb Williams and UNC‘s Drake Maye getting ready for the NFL??

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