Cardinals Exchange Joshua Dobbs for Vikings : In the midst of their practice sessions in Minnesota against the Vikings, the Cardinals struck an agreement to acquire quarterback Joshua Dobbs from the Browns.
Cardinals Exchange Joshua Dobbs for Vikings : Several months later, just as they gear up to face the Browns, the Cardinals find themselves dispatching Dobbs to the Vikings. This change in plans arises as Kyler Murray, on the cusp of returning, and the Vikings face a dire situation at the quarterback position due to a devastating Achilles injury suffered by their starting QB, Kirk Cousins, over the weekend.
The transaction entails the Cardinals relinquishing a conditional 2024 seventh-round pick to the Vikings in exchange for a 2024 sixth-round selection. The deal is contingent upon Dobbs passing a physical examination. (Notably, the seventh-round pick originally emanated from Atlanta.)
Coach Jonathan Gannon, whose Tuesday addresses are a rarity, made an uncharacteristic appearance at the commencement of the coordinators’ scheduled press conference to discuss this development.
“I simply wish to extend my gratitude to Josh for his invaluable contributions,” Gannon remarked. “He joined our ranks, fought valiantly, and demonstrated the utmost professionalism in service to our team. I can’t thank him enough. Josh is evidently thrilled about the prospect of playing in Minnesota.”
Back in August, the Cardinals had executed a trade, yielding a fifth-round pick in exchange for Dobbs and a seventh-round pick from the Browns.
Dobbs, who held the reins for the Cardinals in the initial eight games of the season after his arrival, was benched this week, with the choice now looming between Murray and the rookie, Clayton Tune, for the starting role this Sunday in Cleveland. Gannon disclosed that the Cardinals intend to enlist another quarterback, noting that Jeff Driskel had been affiliated with the practice squad until recently. At present, Tune stands as the sole QB on the 53-man roster.
Murray continues to remain on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. It appears improbable that the Cardinals would reactivate him for a backup role unless no alternative QB is secured.
As of Monday, Gannon professed his lack of knowledge regarding the starter for Sunday, whether it would be Murray or Tune.
Dobbs displayed a strong start for the Cardinals in his initial four outings but experienced a dip in performance over the subsequent quartet of games. Over the course of his relatively brief eight-game tenure with the Cardinals, Dobbs delivered a 62.8 percent completion rate, amassing 1,569 passing yards, eight touchdowns, five interceptions, and a passer rating of 81.2. Additionally, he ranked as the team’s second-leading rusher, having gained 258 yards and scored three touchdowns on 47 carries, with a commendable 5.5-yard average.
On Sunday, Gannon declared that Dobbs would persist as the starter, only to change his stance on Monday by choosing either Murray or Tune in place of Dobbs.
“Maintaining a high standard of performance remains my responsibility,” stated Dobbs after the Sunday game, a responsibility he now transfers to the Vikings.
In other developments, the Cardinals have made some adjustments to their practice squad. They have added offensive lineman Vitaliy Gurman while releasing defensive lineman Jacob Slade and cornerback Quavian White. Furthermore, wide receiver Jeff Smith and running back Damien Williams have been placed on the Practice Squad Injured Reserve. Williams had served as the second-string running back while James Conner was sidelined but unfortunately injured his foot during the game against the Ravens.