Watch: No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray dazzles in preseason NFL debut
It was only one drive and it came against a Los Angeles Chargers defense that was playing pretty vanilla but Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim has to be pleased Friday given how well his prized rookie quarterback Kyler Murray performed.
Operating out of the same shotgun-based, four and five receiver sets that helped him win the Heisman Trophy in his one season as a starter at Oklahoma, Murray calmly completed 6 of 7 passes (for 44 yards) against the Chargers, deftly sidestepping rushers before zipping well-placed passes to the sideline and down the creases as defenders were caught like deer in the headlights when he threatened rushing, himself.
As it turns out, Murray did not log an official rushing attempt on the night but his wonderful elusiveness and straight-line speed were readily apparent on this drive. His ability to break the big one with his legs kept defenders at bay, allowing his receivers to settle in the zones created.
It should be noted that Murray did not attempt any long passes in this game. That almost certainly aided his completion percentage Thursday night but it hides the vision and deep ball accuracy that could make Murray an instant hit in the NFL similar to his Oklahoma predecessor Baker Mayfield.
Watch all of Murray’s action in the video below.