Arizona Cardinals name their 2020 team captains
On offense: Quarterback, Kyler Murray and Wide Receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, Offensive Tackle, D.J. Humpheries
No surprise here. Larry Fitzgerald has been a leader on and off the field for the Cardinals for almost seventeen years now. You knew he’d be included in this article before you even clicked on it, didn’t you? Fitz is widely respected around the NFL, and obviously the 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year makes his presence felt inside his own locker room as well. The only reason he still shows up to training camp every year is for a chance to win a Super Bowl, and absolutely nobody deserves it more than he does.
D.J. Humphries has been a constant at left tackle for a few years now. Things didn’t start off so smooth after being drafted by Bruce Arians, who is a great head coach, but can be difficult to get along with at times. Fortunately Hump hit his stride and has been steady ever since, earning a contract extension earlier this offseason worth $45 million over 3 years. You feel comfortable giving deals to players like this who do their jobs on and off the field.
Kyler I assumed would be named a captain, given the position he plays, but he has really grown as a vocal leader on the field since arriving to the team last summer. Last season, it seemed like he was slightly reluctant to call people out, or coach his receivers up on how he wanted a route run, just a little timid coming in as a 21 year old rookie, which is normal.
However, as the season went on you could really see him blossom into a guy that other players wanted to follow. That carried over into this years training camp, as fans could see in many of the highlights and clips, Kyler is now comfortable in his role as the face of the franchise. That’s a great sign for this season and seasons to come.