Kyler Murray getting mental reps at Cardinals’ OTAs as his rehab continues

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Kyler Murray isn’t practicing, and he won’t play for awhile into the season as he continues his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

But the Cardinals have a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator and a new offense that the quarterback will have to learn without practicing.

On the first day of organized team activities, Murray shadowed offensive coordinator Drew Petzing and took mental reps as Colt McCoy, David Blough and rookie Clayton Tune took the physical reps.

“Kyler, obviously he’s going through the rehab process,” Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon said, via video from Bo Brack of PHX_Cardinals. “He wants to be out there [participating]; I know that. He’s fully engaged with everything we’re doing. I saw him making the reads out there behind the offense. When the guys see your trigger guy out there, it matters, so he’s done everything and more that we’ve wanted him to do. Excited for him where he’s at.”

Murray underwent surgery Jan. 3, and he has attacked his rehab since.

He now is on the field with teammates, staying engaged, even if he can’t participate physically yet.

‘“It shows that he cares, cares about us getting better as a team, learning the offense and the mental reps he gets as well, even though he can’t physically be a part of it,” receiver Zach Pascal said, via video from Brack. “But he can get those mental reps, and that trickles down throughout the whole team.”

14 responses to “Kyler Murray getting mental reps at Cardinals’ OTAs as his rehab continues

  1. I’m thinking that the only reps he cares about are the deposits into his checking account at the end of each pay period.

  2. Kyler is getting mental reps. Sometimes the jokes just write themselves

  3. Again, I hope he has his essentials as he’s mentioned before. His chess board, his favorite cleats, X-Box, his hair conditioner, headphones, his bracelet, Rolex…

  4. Kyler is on the field, after tearing his ACL, working with the coaches and being with his teammates. So many people here just want to hate for the sake of hating. Al least think of a new way of dissing on Kyler, just to keep things interesting. COD jokes are a couple years old, that the best you can come up with?

  5. The back up is getting in his mental reps that’s great news Arizona!! 🤣🤣

  6. Any QB worth his salt would be out there getting mental reps. The fact that it’s news because it’s KM is telling in and of itself.

  7. I remember an injured Carson Wentz being asked how he’d stay on top of things during his injury. He looked the beat writer in the eye and said, unblinkingly, with all seriousness, “mental reps can be just as effective as taking the field.”

    “Oh boy…here we go,” I thought…

  8. People will continue to make jokes until the Cardinals start winning and Kyler shows maturity on and off the field. Great players take any kind of slight, jokes and criticism and use it to motivate themselves. Unfortunately, I suspect that by the time he grows up and matures… his body will be broken down and it will be to late. I hope he proves me wrong.

  9. They can load helmet-cam footage onto a VR set and it’s just like Call of Duty.

  10. Bryce Young is the same height but smaller (by about 30 lbs) than Kyler Murray. How’s that for ya?

  11. I wonder if ‘mental reps’ will make it into next year’s LA Chargers schedule release video.

  12. Murray needs all the mental reps he can get, football and attitude adjustment.

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