J.R. Sweezy sees “hundreds of similarities” between Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson

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Due to their similar stature, comparisons between No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson were inevitable.

Both quarterbacks are comfortably under six feet tall and meld their combination of athleticism and passing prowess to lead their teams effectively. While Wilson has proven to be capable of doing so at the NFL level, Murray hasn’t had the opportunity yet. However, at least one player familiar with both Wilson and Murray believes the comparisons are justified.

Arizona Cardinals guard J.R. Sweezy has spent many years as a teammate of Wilson’s with the Seahawks and at North Carolina State. He spent five years over two stints blocking for Wilson in Seattle before signing with Arizona in free agency in March. According to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com, Sweezy finds the comparisons between Wilson and Murray to be apt.

I see hundreds of similarities,” Sweezy said. “I always say, we got to see this guy really play. I think he’s going to be just fine. But just to even be compared to Russell Wilson is a huge compliment.

“He’s going to back it up. I just love that he’s getting compared to him already and everything. He’s going to be great.”

Murray and Wilson were both drafted by Major League Baseball teams and have become highly skilled quarterbacks capable of throwing from inside the pocket and on the move. Murray’s production at Oklahoma led to him being the top pick in this spring’s NFL Draft, but now he has to show he can translate his game to the pro ranks as Wilson and Baker Mayfield have done previously.

Sweezy has liked what he’s seen from Murray throughout their offseason work together in the desert.

“He’s cool, calm, collected, smooth,” Sweezy said. “Make a mistake, come back, correct it. He’s on it, honestly.”

12 responses to “J.R. Sweezy sees “hundreds of similarities” between Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson

  1. People need to stop with the Russell Wilson comparisons. Wilson is a Super Bowl champion QB, is built like a mini tank and can throw really well from the pocket. This dude hasn’t even started a game in the NFL. If he takes off running he might end up on IR in his first game.

  2. JR’s time with the Seahawks including the distinction of being the starting guard on a couple of the ‘worst OLines in the NFL’ — and then he started going downhill. If he’s starting in ‘Zona, that kid QB you’re spouting about is toast.

  3. When it comes to shorter the issue is not the height. The real problem is having control of the ball and their ability to take a hit. Wilson had the largest hands of any AN coming out in 2012 and has had little issue with holding onto and placing the ball where he wants it to go. He is also a muscular thick body and has not missed a game in his career. Murray has much smaller hands and his body type is much smaller too. Physically speaking we’re talking almost David and Goliath. That’s the difference. Not saying Murray won’t be good but he’s no Wilson from a physical standpoint.

  4. Josh Rosen was compared to Aaron Rodgers last year around this time as well. We see how that turned out. I’d compare Sweezy to that guy who couldn’t pass block a girl scout in Seattle…no wait, that was Sweezy.

  5. FWIW, Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy. Wilson was not even nominated for the Heisman. Murray may or may not ever win a Lombardi, but there is no doubt that he is more highly rated coming out of college, being picked number 1 overall instead of being picked in the third round.

  6. “I see hundreds of similarities,” Sweezy said.

    I’ll bet he can’t come up with 10.

  7. FWIW, Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy. Wilson was not even nominated for the Heisman. Murray may or may not ever win a Lombardi, but there is no doubt that he is more highly rated coming out of college, being picked number 1 overall instead of being picked in the third round.
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    And I would suggest that the ONLY reason kyler was picked where he was is because of Russell Wilson and his success in the NFL as an “undersized” qb. Otherwise I think teams would’ve been too worried to draft him like many were in 2012 with RW.

    Besides, there was no Andrew Luck or RGIII last year to dream about. Not exactly the same class of college qb’s.

  8. Lol Seafrauds spent the last five years chastising Iupati and now that they’re totally reliant upon him not a peep. But now that the guy they propped up in Sweezy is playing for a different team, suddenly he’s trash.

    I can tell you this – Seattle’s not gonna beat Arizona if all they can muster is 20 ppg against them this year. That’ll really get to them too, gonna be a whole lotta whining this year with Martyball 2.0 getting dominated by Zona!

  9. El Guapo says:
    June 20, 2019 at 1:56 am
    Lol Seafrauds spent the last five years chastising Iupati and now that they’re totally reliant upon him not a peep. But now that the guy they propped up in Sweezy is playing for a different team, suddenly he’s trash.

    I can tell you this – Seattle’s not gonna beat Arizona if all they can muster is 20 ppg against them this year. That’ll really get to them too, gonna be a whole lotta whining this year with Martyball 2.0 getting dominated by Zona!
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    There is hardly ever anything conventional about a Shards Seahawks game. The difference is the other 14 games where Seattle goes 9-5 while Arizona pukes out a 4-10 record.

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