Kyler Murray started his first game in the NFL on Thursday 8th 2019. The first overall pick in 2019 draft by Cardinals, started his first rookie game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The quarterback slipped on third and nine and went down like a sack. Anthony Lanier was credited for the takedown, but it was because he was the closest to Murray when he slipped.
Murray greatest desire in his first game was to feel good while playing; and then watch the rest of the game with his teammate from the bench. When he was asked what he meant by feeling good; he replied that if he managed to score a touchdown, he would have felt good.
However, he didn’t get any touchdown, but he made each of the six first pass attempts for 44 yards and had a 92.9 quarterback rating.
His final pass created some confusion, he scrambled away from the hands of linebacker Chris Peace and hit fellow rookie KeeSean Johnson.
Referees ruled that Johnson had stepped out of bounds and came to the field of play before making the catch. Despite losing one down, Murray was also charged by the NFL for incompletion of game operation.
Cardinals offence was missing two key starters, Left guard Justin Pugh and receiver Kevin White.
Several Cardinals player were up for the task starting with linebacker Dennis Gardeck, Rick Seals and Sherfield. But one thing was common to all, and they were all focused on quarterback Murray.
Though Murray didn’t show all the talent he has to offer; there is much more waiting to be unveiled.