Quarterback Kyler Murray Shines In Preseason Debut

Photo Courtesy: Ross D. Franklin/AP
Kyler Murray played exceptionally well in his debut preseason game. The rookie started at quarterback playing one series of downs for the Cardinals throwing 6-of-7 for 44 yards.

"I thought it was smooth. I was anxious to get out there, move around and throw it a little bit," Murray said in the press conference, following 17-13 win over Los Angeles Chargers.

Murray's first snap, he took over the offense from their own two in shotgun formation completing a 7-yard pass from back of the endzone to WR Damiere Byrd.

"I was happy the defense got a stop, but I was like, 'Of course, this is the way it starts at the 2-yard-line,'" Murray said. "But at that time, I mean, my mindset was to go score. Unfortunately we didn't."

Murray in ten snaps had six completions under 8 yards, he avoided mistakes throwing no interceptions only getting sacked once after the pocket collapsed.

“I think he made quick decisions," coach Kliff Kingsbury said via AZCardinals.com. He added that Murray "did a nice job tonight of putting it on the money."

Murray displayed mobility and on-field awareness leaving the pocket on two occasions. He unofficially completed both passes having one negated when WR Keesean Johnson stepped out of bounds prior to the catch.
"It was tough tonight," Murray said. "Tonight was tough. I thought I was going to get at least two drives. I mean, it is what it is. He did say we might play a little bit more next week, so we'll see however long that is. But I mean, I understand that we're just getting ready for the regular season."

Murray didn’t have a set number of plays entering the game, Kingsbury said.  He wanted his rookie quarterback to leave the field feeling good.

Kingsbury expects Murray will "a little bit longer,” when Cardinals host Oakland Raiders Thursday on ESPN.

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