The Arizona Cardinals selected former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. With Murray ultimately coming on board after the former Oakland Athletics first-rounder spurned Major League Baseball for a professional football career, the Cardinals quickly traded fellow signal caller Josh Rosen to the Miami Dolpins en route to truly beginning a new era in the desert.
Not only did such an era officially kick off with the Cardinals selecting Murray at No. 1 overall, but the former two-sport athlete now has one preseason game under his belt as well. Last week, Murray made his Cardinals debut by leading his team to victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. More importantly, Murray finished 6-of-7 for 44 yards through the air. Coupled with his nearly perfect 85.7 completion percentage, the rookie signal caller also finished the game with a 98.3 quarterback rating.
Despite a successful debut against the Chargers, there is much more for Murray to learn this preseason. As a result, there are three milestones he should target upon taking on the Oakland Raiders on Thursday.
Don’t Turn The Football Over:
The most notable feat that Murray should aim for is picking up where he left off last week by failing to turn the football over. Because Murray is a dual-threat quarterback, he is highly susceptible to turning the football over; interceptions and fumbles can obviously occur at a higher rate if he is frequently on the run. Even so, Murray did not turn the football over against the Chargers and probably won’t be put in the position to do so against the Raiders. The Cardinals will more than likely keep the game plan conservative throughout the preseason.
Nonetheless, failing to turn the football over in back-to-back games is a small victory for both Murray and the Cardinals offense.
Surpass The 100-Yard Passing Mark:
Additionally, Murray should be able to surpass the 100-yard passing mark this time around. Because it was so early in the preseason the first time out, Murray did not see the field for very long. With this being nothing more than a learning experience at this point in his career, Murray is looking to be successful but also avoid any injuries ahead of the regular season. With the team’s second preseason game now looming, Murray should receive at least a bit more playing time against the Raiders, which will allow him to get much closer to the 100-yard passing threshold.
Find The End Zone:
Lastly, it would be good for the former Oklahoma standout and Heisman Trophy winner to get on the board sooner rather than later. Despite encountering an impressive stint on the field to begin the preseason, Murray did not throw or rush for a touchdown against the Chargers. While his rookie campaign in 2019-20 will be filled with touchdowns of all kinds, it would certainly be beneficial for him to score during the preseason just to boost his confidence early and often as the NFL brings along a whole new set of difficulties as opposed to the collegiate game.