Kyler Murray Exceeds Expectations in Red and White Practice

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Arizona Cardinals held their annual Red and White practice at State Farm Stadium on Saturday. It was an opportunity for fans to see the No. 1 overall draft pick Kyler Murray in first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s air raid offense.

Murray, by all accounts, exceed expectations in two hour practice-like scrimmage, throwing an impressive 12 of 15, a touchdown and no INTs.

Murray led the team's first-team offense in series of drives aginst the second-team defense, including a 75-yard touchdown drive in the first series.

Entering the practice, it was an opportunity for Murray to get comfortable in live game simulation. “The windows are tighter. You’ve got to anticipate things a lot more,” Murray told Ameer Tyree of Sporting News.

“But that makes it fun. In college, dudes would be wide open and it would be pretty easy. But this is part of the NFL.”

Murray's teammates have been impressed with their rookie quarterback.

"He’s a guy who’s going to come in everyday and work, and he wants to be great, so I feel like you’re going to get the same guy,” receiver KeeSean Johnson told ArizonaSports.com. “You’re going to get the same guy every day.”

Murray has seen a variety of schemes thrown at him by defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. “I don’t know about any other defensive coordinators in the league, but I think we’ve gotten a ton of good looks, a ton of different looks, a variety of different looks,” Murray said. “I think he’s prepared me and the other quarterbacks pretty well.”

Kingsbury said Murray's playing time in their preseason opener will be determined by his performance. "The goal is for him to get him out of the game feeling good, whatever that takes," Kingsbury said following Saturday's practice.

Cardinals host the Chargers on Thursday, airing on ESPN.
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