Request a psychologist, coach or participant to compare No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray to a NFL QB and a single immediate answer generally comes back: Russell Wilson.
Whether it’s elusiveness, arm strength, deep-ball accuracy, baseball history or the obvious height contrast, Wilson is the most frequent name conjured for Murray. The hype would be a whole lot to live up to thinking about Wilson’s achievement.
After an offseason of work outs and all the comparisons between Murray and Wilson agree.
“I see countless similarities,” new Cardinals guard J.R. Sweezy said when asked about the Murray-Wilson comparison, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN. “I always say, we must find this man actually play. I believe he is definitely going to be just fine. But just to be compared to Russell Wilson is a huge compliment.
“He is going to back this up. I love that he’s becoming compared to everything and him. He’s going to be fantastic ”
Murray entered offseason workouts with sky-high expectations after being drafted No. 1 overall into Kliff Kingsbury’s system in Arizona. The combo of pass-heavy sets, together with Murray’s ability to scramble from stress, makes a perfect match .
Murray matched the hype, based on teammates, as we hit the summer weeks before training camp.
“Everything that I heard, he has lived up to,” guard Justin Pugh said. “And I have heard a lot of great things, therefore it has been great so far.”
Murray’s teammates praised him everything out of his playbook acumen, fluidity in the pocket, speed, accuracy and direction. All traits that Wilson boasted as a young passer.
“He is cool, calm, collected, smooth,” Sweezy said of Murray. “Create a mistake, return, correct it. He is on it, frankly.”
It is a good indication that Murray’s teammates offer broad, glowing reviews of this rookie quarterback. Opposite or tentative assessments would portend trouble for a rebuilding franchise that dumped one first-round QB to have a swing on Murray.
At the exact same time, we have only seen football in shorts. Murray will have a lot more to process and prove after the pads are on in training camp and the preseason starts in late July.
“He’s shown nothing but fantastic leadership and hard work and doing the perfect thing,” Pugh said. “Once we get the pads , we’ll find a lot more of a sense for one another, and I am looking forward to that.”
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