NFL Analyst: "Nothing But Positives" In Murray's Debut

Kyler Murray made his preseason debut Thursday – and showed why he was the top pick in the draft

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
August 09, 2019 - 8:36 am
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Kyler Murray made his preseason debut against the Chargers on Thursday, completing six of seven passes for 44 yards in his one and only drive. Murray got the ball out of his hand quickly and eluded pressure with his legs.

It was a solid showing.

“You knew you expected him to handle pressure and move his feet in the pocket,” NFL Network host Patrick Claybon said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence, “but just his delivery – and even on multiple plays (under pressure) – nothing but positives. Nothing but positives for the No. 1 overall pick, and you could see why he went No. 1.”

Of course, preseason football is not regular season football. Whatever game speed Murray experienced Thursday, he’ll experience an even faster one in Week 1 against the Lions on Sept. 8.

What will be Murray’s biggest challenge this season?

“I think it’s just the fact that this is his first time doing this,” Claybon said. “There’s going to be bumps and bruises for everybody who’s not a seasoned veteran playing quarterback in the NFL. I think the biggest problem for Kyler Murray is going to be the guys on the outside. This is going to be a team that’s relying heavily on young guys. They had some guys that made some plays tonight, but being successful as a rookie receiver in the NFL is tough, it’s tough to do it as a quarterback, and it’s going to be tough for a coach to do it in his first season. There’s just so many firsts going. 

“That’s the big detriment to them at this point,” Claybon continued. “Teams are going to have to try to figure out what to do, and there’s not a lot of tape of them because all these people are coming together at the same time. So it’s going to be difficult for defenses to develop a plan, but it’s also going to be difficult for them to execute.”

The Cardinals, who beat the Chargers 17-13 on Thursday, play the Raiders on Aug. 15. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. ET.