Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury tried to put out the fire on all the Kyler Murray rumors earlier this month, cognizant Josh Rosen was hanging in limbo.
Cardinals GM Steve Keim just dumped some gasoline on those embers.
“Is Josh Rosen our QB?” Keim told reporters on Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “He is right now, for sure.”
Not the ringing vote of confidence usually given to a young quarterback drafted 10th overall a season ago. With those two words — “right now” — Rosen’s future with the team is in doubt, and the No. 1 pick is even more intriguing.
Asked about the possibility of drafting the Heisman Trophy winner who spurned the A’s for the NFL, Keim was evasive.
“It’s still early in the process,” Keim said. “We haven’t gone through our full evaluation at all the position, so really it’s, again, too early to say.”
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Arizona’s eyes will be on Murray at the combine, wondering if the electric Oklahoma star can become a top NFL quarterback despite his small stature. Kingsbury, when he was still Texas Tech coach in October, said he would “take him with the first pick of the draft if I could.” Now that he can, he has softened his tact and publicly backed Rosen, yet it doesn’t seem to be just Kingsbury fascinated with Murray.
Rosen’s hot seat arrived early. Last season, surrounded with very little talent, the 22-year-old put up a 66.7 passer rating, throwing 11 touchdowns to 14 interceptions and completing 55 percent of his passes. With that 3-13 team, it may be tough to evaluate Rosen — but the Cardinals will be evaluating more than their incumbent quarterback.