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Cardinals GM Makes Big Kyler Murray Announcement

A closeup of an Arizona Cardinals helmet.

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 11: An Arizona Cardinals helmet sits on the sidelines during the second half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals drafted Kyler Murray No. 1 overall and jettisoned his main competition a day later. Suffice it to say, Murray is pretty much a lock to be the team's day one starter, and the team's GM has now confirmed as much.

In a recent appearance on the ">Rich Eisen Show, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim stated clearly that Murray will be Arizona's opening day starter against the Detroit Lions.

“We didn’t draft him one overall to ride the pine... I know it’s a lot to put on his back, but that’s why we drafted him. He’s a fierce competitor, and that’s what he did at Oklahoma this year. He put the team on his back. They didn’t have a great defense, and he knew he had to score on almost every series to give them a chance to win. I sort of like the chances there.”

From the Keim appearance:

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury left a lot of people scratching their heads in a recent appearance on the Jim Rome Show. He indicated that Kyler Murray might be competing with Brett Hundley for the starting job.

Arizona fans will get to see the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner early and often. Four of the team's first six games will be at home.

Assuming there isn't a disconnect between Keim and Kingsbury, Keim's words should prove to be a sigh of relief for the Cardinals.

After drafting Kyler Murray No. 1 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft last week, the Cardinals quickly traded former No. 10 overall pick Josh Rosen to the Miami Dolphins.

The Cardinals went 3-13 last season, with Rosen starting 13 of those games, culminating in head coach Steve Wilks getting fired after just one season.