Kyler Murray knows a lot of eyes will be on him in 2019-20, but doesn’t feel the need to live up to expectations in his rookie season.
The Cardinals signal caller was selected with the top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and understands that his production will be very important for his new team.
“I got to go out and play well,” Murray said Thursday, via ESPN. “And if I don’t, then people are gonna be mad, I’m gonna be mad, everybody’s gonna be mad. So, my focus is play well.”
“I don’t feel pressure.”
Murray will likely face a lot more pressure in the NFL than he did in college, though. The 2018 Heisman winner is joining an Arizona team that gave up 52 sacks last season. Only Houston, Dallas, Green Bay and Jacksonville surrendered more.
Murray’s trademark mobility and knack for making plays out of nothing could help in this department. But he’ll still have to adjust to the heightened speed of the game, especially when facing more talented defenses and complex schemes.
“I think that’s probably one of the biggest adjustments is windows are tighter,” Murray said. “You got to anticipate things a lot more. But that makes it fun. College, you know, dudes would be wide open. It’d be really easy stuff like that. It’s part of being in the NFL.”
Now that he’s out of college, Murray has plenty of time to fine-tune his skills for a successful transition into the pros.
“It’s been fun,” Murray said of his experience as a full-time football player. “It’s a little different. Schedule’s a little easier just because this is what we love to do. This is what I love to do, so for me, it’s easy to just wake up and play football and worry about football.”
Arizona finished last season with a 3-13 record and traded away 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen in anticipation of Murray’s arrival. But it still has a veteran wideout in Larry Fitzgerald and a versatile running back in David Johnson in the fold on the offensive side.
The Cardinals open their preseason Aug. 8 against the Chargers.