Kyler Murray had a very tough go in his second preseason game as a pro, leaving the game down 26–0 and finishing the night with adverse yardage. Murray wasnt good — but was everything bad as it seemed, or is there any reason for hope?
Kyler Murray had a demanding night, and the web is freaking out. Everything started out this past week. Murray played with only 1 show in his first game as a professional, leading his Arizona Cardinals to scoring position prior to exitings edge and finishing his first six passes.
Murray had a outing Thursday from the Oakland Raiders. He played much of this first halfand from the time he left, the Cards along with Murray trailed the Raiders 26 to zip.
And the internet melted.
Let us begin with the damage. There is a lot of it.
Murray played drives . Those drives obtained -10, and 13, -6, -10 yards. Murray played with most of the first half, leaving the match almost exactly halfway through the quarter. The Cardinals had only 8 minutes and 21 seconds of ownership from four possessions. Back in 15 offensive plays, they started to lose 13 yards.
Murray ran for four yards, a run on his first play. He finished only 3 of 8 passes for just 12 yards, a measly 1.5 metres per attempt. Murray had a 45.8 quarterback rate for the day. He had three fines himself — a delay of also two and match starts — and was sacked twice. One of those was his final play of the afternoon, an 11-yard sofa at the end zone for a security that ended. After he left the game, the Cardinals were trailing 26–0.
At the center of the quarter –to the RAIDERS.
Calling Murrays results awful is an insult to the term awful. However, was it as bad as it seemed?
Lets dig a bit deeper into the circumstances. There is some good and some bad. The poor? Murray and Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson played all of his time about the field, so its not like he did not have some talent around him. Fitz and DJ shared three targets. They dropped three yards caught one of them. Welp. Johnson raced four times for six yards. Tons of digits to move around for everybody.
The Cardinals had one first down in Murrays time around the area. It came out of a penalty to the facearea. Recall how Murray abandoned the game down 26–0? On another play the Cards ran, a touchdown threw. Arizona outscored Oakland 26–7 without Murray.
But there was really a bit maybe not in Murrays prefer. The game couldnt get anything going, and the line set in a performance. Oakland blitzed Murray often and ancient, hoping to force the newcomer into rapid decisions, and all game had been projecting his back .
The four Murray forces of arizona began about 25 the 10, 24, along with 10-yard lineup. He faced 3rd and 11, a 3rd and 12, 3rd and 13, 3rd and 17, as well as 3rd and 25 on drives. That is a whole lot of disadvantageous scenarios and field places for any outsider. The 1 time Murray faced a 3rd and short, David Johnson ripped off a huge run to get a first down… and got called back on a holding penalty. The Cardinals could not grab any rhythm.
The truth is that almost any cop could have struggled in Murrays area. The Arizona offensive line was awful, and Murray had 2 or a man in his head after the snap just about every single play within seconds. He had almost zero plays where the offense had an benefit and performed every snap with his back against his own goal line. He didnt play well however quarterbacks would have.
Murrays game wasnt an indictment on his arm or his height his decisions, nor his long run. If anything, it could have been an indictment of Kliff Kingsburys crime — though that fights to maintain up when the Cardinals scored 26 points later Murray left. Possibly the defense is that good. It was only four forces.
More likely than anything else is the fact that Kingsbury is keeping things vanilla from the preseason. Why roll out your plays once the games give your winning script and do not matter? There is no reason to run Murray and put him with nothing on the line in danger.
Murray wasnt great Thursday night but he wasnt bad either. He never had much of a chance to start with. It is much too soon to draw some conclusions.
Murray remains the Rookie of the Year preferred, +165 at Bovada. The Cardinals are +10000 if youre feeling lucky, to acquire the Super Bowl, or +600 to make the playoffs. They re, if youre a bit more bearish on the opportunities of Arizona. Happy betting.
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