Streveler playing quarterback for NFL’s Cardinals cause for celebration by former Bombers teammates

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He fought hard in training camp for a roster spot, earned one, and was eventually named as the No. 2 quarterback for Sunday’s opener at San Francisco.

With No. 1 quarterback Kyler Murray leading the way, the Cardinals surprised the 49ers 24-20.

Streveler ran only one play, but in doing so, he became the first former CFL quarterback to run a play in the NFL since Jeff Garcia did so with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” said Paul LaPolice, who was the Bombers offensive co-ordinator last year and is now head coach of the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks. “He’s an impressive kid. After two games in the CFL, you just knew he had tools to be successful.

“Once Arizona signed him, they knew there was something they wanted to do from a role aspect with him. They saw a lot of our film and all the things he did well and they saw how multi-dimensional he is. He can throw, he can run, he’s big, he’s tough and they saw, going down the stretch, how well he played for us.”

Originally from the Chicago area, Streveler played college football at the University of Minnesota, where they converted him to receiver from quarterback, and at South Dakota, where he went back under centre.

The Bombers signed him in 2018 and, after Matt Nichols went down with a knee injury, Streveler started the first three games of the season, becoming the first true rookie to do so in 34 years.

There were observers then and there who thought it was only a matter of time before Streveler left for the NFL, but LaPolice was not one of them.

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