Kyler Murray Looked Great In Cardinals vs Vikings
Kyler Murray looked great in Saturday’s Cardinals vs Vikings game.
Murray, 22, entered this weekend with all eyes on him. After an extremely successful collegiate career, the Oklahoma standout was taken first overall by Arizona in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Just one year prior, the Cardinals had invested an early first round draft pick in UCLA’s Josh Rosen, but they genuinely felt like Murray was a generational talent they could not pass up on.
Through two preseason games, Murray was solid. He made some good throws and showed decent decision-making in those outings, but there were also some huge red flags.
Against the Oakland Raiders last week, in particular, Murray could not come up with a plan for the opposition’s blitzes. Arizona had 12 yards in four possessions during one particular sequence.
This week things improved greatly.
Murray threw a beautiful pass to Damiere Byrd for 33 yards down the left sideline that showcased both his accuracy and his arm.
On numerous third down plays he showed an ability to scramble well and handle pressure like a pro.
And he didn’t just get out of tough situations with his feet. On one particular play, he made a back foot throw to Ricky Seals-Jones that a lot of other passers would have simply thrown away. Murray was also able to convert on third downs – hitting Byrd on a third-and-seven to keep the drive alive.
Ultimately, the Cardinals pulled Murray with 2 minutes remaining in the second quarter. When it was all said and done, Arizona had racked up 184 yards, eight first downs and three field goals with him in the game.
Murray went 14-of-21 for 137 yards on the day. He had no interceptions.