The Arizona Cardinals named their captains for the 2023 season and had a “bonus” practice to prepare for their season opener on the road against the Washington Commanders.
Five of the six players return from last season. One is a newcomer but is no surprise. Three are offensive players, two are presumably defensive captains and one is for special teams, although he also plays defense.
Who are they? Check them out below.
Murray is a captain for the fourth consecutive season — every year after his rookie season.
Even with the missed time to start the season, head coach Jonathan Gannon said there was no question Murray would be among them.
“He’s our franchise quarterback,” Gannon said on Monday, according to the team site’s Darren Urban. “And everything that I want our captains to be, he demonstrates it.”
Conner is a captain for the second consecutive season. He will be the offensive workhorse if everything goes as planned.
Humphries is a captain for the fourth straight year, like Murray. He is the leader of the offensive line and often a spokesperson for the team with the media.
White is a newcomer to the defense, so his being voted captain says something about the respect he has quickly earned from his teammates.
Baker is a captain for the fourth straight season, and this is no surprise at all.
Gardeck is a stud special teamer with Pro Bowl accolades. He is a captain for the fourth straight year, like Murray, Humphries and Baker.