Kyler Murray “not very fond” of preseason games

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Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray didn’t play in the team’s first preseason game last week and that suited him just fine.

Murray said on Tuesday that he preferred the way last summer unfolded to the typical NFL preseason. Murray said he doesn’t like taking days off and, as a result, liked practicing “every day hard against your team and then you come out of the gates running” as opposed to the “weird flow” that comes with preseason games.

“It’s not real,” Murray said, via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic. “I see it as like, go out and play well, but it’s not real. You play bad, you’ve got a bad taste in your mouth. It’s reps, it’s live reps, so you take something away from it. But at the end of the day, this doesn’t count. I’m not very fond of it. I like going hard in practice and then on Sunday, let the chips fall where they may. The preseason, like I said, it doesn’t count.”

Murray’s distaste for the preseason isn’t expected to keep him from playing against the Chiefs on Friday night and the hope in Arizona will be that it will be a productive evening despite Murray’s desire to be somewhere else.

8 responses to “Kyler Murray “not very fond” of preseason games

  1. Go hard in practice Murray. Perhaps this season you’ll do better then 2-4 against teams that go on to finish the season with a winning record.

  2. I disagree with his logic completely…. Of course it counts…live reps & preparing for an opponent is a dress rehearsal for the real thing & is a productive change of pace from just going against your owns team defense…. Gets you thinking more & real contact takes place as well as real game situations as opposed to just trying to simulate them….. I honestly don’t understand his thought process at all in this regard…..

  3. Let’s be real. Preseason games are for the fans. Good coaches know how to evaluate their teams in practice. How many players who “flashed” in the preseason games according to the media immediately get cut? It happens a lot.

  4. They don’t game plan in preseason and are running a vanilla offense in so it’s not really live reps or preparing for an opponent. Murray makes a good point. For all you hater Murray 1st year rookie of the year. Second year Pro Bowl. Had he not gotten hurt in the final game last year he’d have thrown for 4000 yards and damn near rushed for 1000. The kids a stud.

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