Chiefs quarterback Aaron Murray fell to round five in large part because of a torn ACL suffered last year at Georgia. So are there any physical limitations with Murray because of a knee that was surgically repaired on November 25?
“No,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters on Saturday. “I mean, we’ve been keeping a close eye on him. [Trainer] Rick [Burkholder] has been keeping a close eye on him. He’s done everything up to this point. He went through today’s work and it will keep getting stronger as he goes. This was good because this was the first time there was a pass rush on him, so he had to move around a little bit. You got to see his movement ability. You have to do that in the National Football League and you have to do it out here for these camps. He did that and he did some nice things with that.”
“It’s good, feels great,” Murray added. “There’s no second thought. There’s no ‘be careful on the knee.’ ‘Don’t slip into a throw.’ It’s all just go out there and play and have fun and execute the play. It feels awesome. . . . There are no hesitations. I’m able to do everything I need to do.”
Like all rookies, Murray needs the work.
“[T]here is a little bit of rush in his face and he’s got new receivers and there are a bunch of different things that go into it,” Reid said. “It’s a tough thing.”
It’s also a tough thing when it comes to incumbent starter Alex Smith’s contract. While G.M. John Dorsey is optimistic a deal will be done, Murray could give the Chiefs an ace in the hole or up their sleeve or wherever they can stash the thing, in the event they can’t work something out with the veteran.