Larry Fitzgerald: You get the sense Kyler Murray is a special talent

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When the football world was waiting to find out if the Cardinals would take Kyler Murray or stick with Josh Rosen, Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald opted to keep quiet about the call by saying it was above his pay grade.

Fitzgerald isn’t weighing in on the call itself, but he has shared some thoughts on the two quarterbacks. He said he’s looking forward to seeing Rosen do “great things” with the Dolphins and that he’s looking forward to getting to know Murray.

Fitzgerald said on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio that he’s only seen Murray play in two games and that the rookie looked “athletic and explosive.” The longtime Cardinal also noted that there’s a lot of learning for Murray to do and offered his assistance in any way that might be needed.”

You get the sense that he is a special talent, but obviously there is a lot of work that needs to go into it, you know a lot of skill development, learning the offense and things of that nature for him to continue to ascend,” Fitzgerald said, via AZCentral.com. “For all intents and purposes, he looks phenomenal and you know as a teammate we’re going to welcome him with open arms and do everything we can to try to help him speed up the learning process as much as possible.”

Fitzgerald has played with a lot of quarterbacks over his years in Arizona and there’s been more bad ones than good ones over that run. If Murray proves to be one of the good ones, he might well be the final quarterback Fitzgerald plays with before hanging up his cleats.

33 responses to “Larry Fitzgerald: You get the sense Kyler Murray is a special talent

  1. “I get this sense because I was specifically directed to express it by my bosses.”

  2. i get the sense that Keim is a special kind of stupid.

    that said i do think Murray is a talent and will be fun to watch.

  3. Time will tell. Most quarterbacks don’t make the transition to the professional level. If the Cardinals put him in the same situation as Rosen was put in, Murray will fail there. Doesn’t mean he isn’t good, just means the Cardinals seem incapable of fielding a team that can have success over a season.

    I think Murray is going to be injured a lot. They showed him interviewing at the draft. The woman stood at least 8 inches taller than Murray. He is smaller that I thought, and I thought he was 5 foot 6. He looked 5 foot 4.

  4. Oh he is “special” alright. I just am anxious to see if Murray is in the CFL or XLF in 2022.

  5. LOL Larry Fitzgerald just last week, “mark my words we are not taking a QB with the first pick”

    With the 1st pick of the draft, the AZ cards select captain small hands murray

  6. The kid is a special talent. First round pick in both baseball and football. Is he an NFL QB? That’s a whole other question. Can a running QB stay healthy? Lots of questions. Lots of faith involved. Lots of hope. High risk. High reward. I wouldn’t take a big risk with the #1 pick, but I don’t think the Cardinals are worried. I don’t think the Bidwell’s are going to freak out and start firing people if it doesn’t work. They’re kind of used to it.

  7. I’ve personally never seen more odd interviews with a #1 selected QB outside of Leaf at 2. His height and weight alone at the combine makes you wonder. He somehow measured as tall as Wilson and heavier…….when its obvious he is neither.

  8. Given Murray’s wonderlic score it’s going to be interesting to see how just how quickly he picks up the offense. Gotta help to have Fitz there to lean on though.

  9. I think it’ll be more of a learning curve for Larry than Murray as Murray KNOWS the Air Raid attack inside and out. It’ll be Larry’s first go at it.

  10. Seattle is now the team with the worst offensive coordinator in the NFC West. Because if you are overpaying your QB more than $30 mil a year, you might as well use a playbook from 1991

  11. Hard to be “special” when you’re flat on you’re back. Murray may have talent but he’s never experienced anything as brutal as life in a Cardinal uniform, unprotected from rival defenses, angry fans, and a hostile press. I have a feeling he is going to get a “special” education during his time in Arizona…should have chosen baseball!

  12. feckyerlife says:
    April 29, 2019 at 4:38 pm
    LOL Larry Fitzgerald just last week, “mark my words we are not taking a QB with the first pick”
    With the 1st pick of the draft, the AZ cards select captain small hands murray
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    His hands are 9.5 inches.

    QBs with smaller hands include Mahomes, Brady, Big Ben, Winston, Eli, Garappolo, Darnold, Carr, and Goff.
    TruBEARsky, Dalton, and Lamar Jackson have the same hand size.

    10 Super Bowls, MVP winners, and ~40% of NFL starters have hands that are the same or smaller.

    Good post.

  13. Rosen will be nothing more than an NFL backup. Murray will flourish in the NFL. His height is a nonissue when 75% of plays will be from the shotgun. Dude has so many haters right now.
    For what? Being a great 2-sport athlete and winning the Heisman? People want to see him fail just because his not a prototypical QB. Newsflash, he is excellent throwing from the pocket: check the tape. Can’t wait to see so many of you eat crow, just like you when you would mortgage your house that he wouldn’t be drafted #1.

  14. All I read are how this kid is going to be injured and he runs all over the place. Look at his game film he throws from the pocket 90% of the time. Doug Flutie was to small, going to get killed and all he did was win. Guys like this have learned to protect themselves since they were five and smaller than everyone. Let the kid ball out and then determine what he is. Go kid.

  15. clssylssy says:
    Hard to be “special” when you’re flat on you’re back

    Nobody asked you Frisco. Your QB can’t even play more than a few games in a row before he needs a participation timeout for about 3-4 weeks.

  16. shlort says:
    April 29, 2019 at 4:20 pm
    Time will tell. Most quarterbacks don’t make the transition to the professional level. If the Cardinals put him in the same situation as Rosen was put in, Murray will fail there. Doesn’t mean he isn’t good, just means the Cardinals seem incapable of fielding a team that can have success over a season.

    I think Murray is going to be injured a lot. They showed him interviewing at the draft. The woman stood at least 8 inches taller than Murray. He is smaller that I thought, and I thought he was 5 foot 6. He looked 5 foot 4.
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    Every local AZ media person who has met Murray says that he is a legit 5’10. They also say that he doesn’t look close to the 207 pounds from the combine. They agree that he’s just under 200.

  17. Please trade Larry to a team that has a chance to go to the superbowl. He has given enough for the Cards and Arizona.

  18. I remember how everyone was wowed that Jamarcus Russell could throw the ball the length of the field from his knees. People were saying that he was “a special talent.” Sure enough he was taken #1 overall by the Raiders. Due to his inconsistent play, the Raiders released him after only three seasons. He is often ranked as one of the biggest busts in NFL history.

    Cards used a 1st, 3rd & 5th (15th, 79th, and 152nd) last year to trade up from 15th to 10th so they could select Josh Rosen one year ago. That’s a lot of draft capital to invest in a player. Now they use another 1st round pick for the 2nd year in a row to take another QB. Then they basically throw Rosen away, being forced to accept a low 2nd round pick (62nd) just to get him off their team so that Murray’s delicate psyche wouldn’t be upset by having Rosen breathing over his shoulder.

    Of course that means should Murray get hurt (you don’t think that could happen, do you?), it becomes the Brett Hundley show and the Cards could have an even worse season than they just had. Meanwhile Rosen, who has Jim Caldwell and Ryan Fitzpatrick to mentor him goes on to have what I believe will be the better NFL career.

    So it is possible that without even meaning to, the Cards just might “tank for Tua?” How great would that be if the Cards be the 1st team in history to take 1st round QBs three years in a row, two of them #1 overall?

  19. The Cardinals offense is gong to be very good this season and will be very fun to watch. One big advantage for Kyler Murray is that he has ran this offense before and knows it inside out, outside of learning Kingsbury’s terminology (& the dozen or so different personnel packages & protection schemes they’re going to use) Kyler Murray knows this offense inside and out and should come out slinging it around the yard. Just like Kitchens did in CLV running plays and concepts Mayfield was extremely familiar with from his time at OU that is exactly what Kingsbury is going to do so I expect Murray will have a lot of success early.

    The Cardinals offense is now loaded and stocked with young talent with the focus the last two drafts being on restocking this offense. Arizona is stacked at the skill positions and has as much speed at WR & RB as any roster in the NFL. AZ of course has WR Larry FItzgerald, WR Christian Kirk w/ 4.4 speed ready to take off in year two but they added a bunch of premier talent in the draft drafting excellent young 5″9 1/2 190pd WR Andy Isabella who possessing elite 4.31spd (36.5in vertical) can play both inside and outside & take the top off a defense w/ ease. The Cardinals got a HUGE steal on 6″5-228pd WR Hakeem Butler w/ 4.43 spd & 37in vertical who can play outside as big bodied X WR they badly needed paired up w/ 6″3-225pd WR Kevin White w/ his 4.33spd who’s focused n healthy. AZ was able able to draft an excellent possesion WR who’s a very polished route runner with great hands who had a late 2nd early 3rd round grade in 6″1-201pd WR Keesean Johnson & added another good receiving TE w/ 4.50spd who’s a good route running receiving TE posting a 90.3 PFF grade as a receiver w/ 4.56spd in 6″5-245pd TE Caleb Wilson to pair with two above-average receiving TE’s already on the roster in Charles Clay and RIcky Seals-Jones.

    David Johnson is going to benefit the most from the addition of all this new talent. With all the RPO’s and play-action passing they’re going to run Johnson’s rushing numbers will go way up but David Johnson who doubles as a truly elite #2WR is going to be a huggge part of the passing game and will see between 135-150 targets thrown his way this season as a receiver out of the slot and split out wide. With all those WR’s drawing coverage away from him Johnson is going to see a lot of 1 on 1 matchup’s against a MLB or Safety who he can destroy with ease and will have a bunch of wide open space in front of him. The addition of all these new offensive players will greatly help him and with a healthy much better/improved OL up front he is set up for a huge season this year and should have 1300+YDs rushing w/ 12-14 rushing TDs & 90-100 receptions for 1,000K+YDs receiving n 5-8TDs. Johnson is set up to explode this season especially with Kyler Murray at QB.
    Arizona’s offense is going to be very good this season and they will cause a whole lot of teams problems with the talent they now have on board especially with a loaded top 5-10 defense on the other side of the ball now that AZ is going back to the hybrid 3-4 scheme with all the defensive talent they have. Arizona is going to surprise a lot of teams this season and now have the franchise headed back in the right direction after building it back-up post Bruce Arians & Carson Palmer

  20. he kid is a special talent. First round pick in both baseball and football. Is he an NFL QB? That’s a whole other question. Can a running QB stay healthy? Lots of questions. Lots of faith involved. Lots of hope. High risk. High reward. I wouldn’t take a big risk with the #1 pick, but I don’t think the Cardinals are worried. I don’t think the Bidwell’s are going to freak out and start firing people if it doesn’t work. They’re kind of used to it.
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    Murray definitely is an NFL QB. He’s not a running QB either, he is a pocket passer first and foremost who looks to throw but if it is not there he can run if he chooses to possessing elite 4.30 speed as a runner & is incredibly elusive. Murray’s overall grade his last year of 94.7 was higher than Mayfields 94.6 his last year w/ Murray posted an 85.5 PFF grade with his legs rushing. As a passer Murray’s 93.9 passing grade was right there with Mayfields 94.5 grade as a passer in 2017. Clean-Pocket success is one of the best indicators of future success for QB’s at the NFL Level, Kyler Murray ranked 1st among all college QB’s posting a 143.9 QB Rating w/ 36TDs, 28 Big Time Throws, adjusted cmp percentage of 79.5% w/ a overall grade of 94.1 all when Kept Clean. Over the course of the season Kyler Murray 2018 season jumps off the page: 43 touchdowns/7INTs, 11.6 yards per attempt, 13.1 A/YA, 199.2 QB Passer Rating (143.9 passer rating when clean) and a 94.7 overall grade all of which ranks 1st among College QBs. Murray’s 4361 YDs passing (1st) averages out to over 300+YDs per game (1st) and his 199 QB Rating was the highest in the Nation tied with Tua ranked for 1st. Kyler Murray also rushed for over 1,000+YDs/12TDs on just 140 attempts AVG 7.2 Yards per Carry on runs putting up a total 55TDs total.
    QB Kyler Murray also ranked #1 in the Nation in QBR posting a 95.4QBR via ESPN which is the highest ever setting a record among FBS Passers breaking Russell’s WIlson’s old record w/ a 95.1 QBR. Murray is a winner who’s won at every level and elevated the players around him on every team he’s played on playing his best when it mattered and his teams had to have it. Winners like that who have won at every level and elevated the guys around him that follows Players to the NFL 99.9% of the time.

    QB Kyler Murray is actually a very safe QB prospect as a pure pocket passer who happens to have 4.3 speed and can run if he has to. All the analytics point to him as a very safe prospect and he is better than a whole host of 1st round top 10 QB’s who have came out over the last 10 years. Murray is just 5″10-205 pounds. His playing style and ability to throw on the run is similar to Patrick Mahomes and they’re going to install a very similar offense in Arizona around Kyler Murray.. Murray is going to be an absolute star in Arizona and is going to take the game by storm surprising a lot of people with just how good he is.

  21. charliecharger says:

    April 29, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    The kid is a special talent. First round pick in both baseball and football. Is he an NFL QB? That’s a whole other question. Can a running QB stay healthy? Lots of questions. Lots of faith involved. Lots of hope. High risk. High reward. I wouldn’t take a big risk with the #1 pick, but I don’t think the Cardinals are worried. I don’t think the Bidwell’s are going to freak out and start firing people if it doesn’t work. They’re kind of used to it.
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    I’m not surprised your misinformed, your usually misinformed or misinforming. Murray isn’t a running qb. Just because Murray is fast and quick that doesn’t make him a running qb.

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