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Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury says Kyler Murray ‘born and bred to do this’

Kyler Murray Kliff Kingsbury

The Arizona Cardinals didn’t surprise anyone when they made the No. 1 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, taking University of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray in a decision that was expected for a couple of months.

On Friday, Murray hit the field for the first time as a member of the Cardinals, participating in the team’s rookie minicamp.

As for how he looked? Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury was a bit diplomatic:

“Not bad,” said Kingsbury, according to Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com. “Some familiarity with the system helps. He can really throw it. He’s got a presence about himself. I liked how he operated.”

But even if Murray didn’t knock Kingsbury’s socks off during his first outing, Kingsbury has extremely high hopes for Murray as the Cardinals’ franchise quarterback moving forward:

“He’s been born and bred to do this. I’ve said it all along,” Kingsbury said. “That’s his mentality. That’s what he’s always expected to do and be. So he’s kind of living it out right now. It might affect other people, but it doesn’t seem to affect him.”

Murray is coming off of a terrific junior campaign in which he threw for 4,361 yards, 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 69 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 199.2. He also rushed for 1,001 yards and 12 scores.

“It was good to finally touch the field again,” said Murray. “A lot of this process has been just a lot of talk and evaluation. To actually play some football again and get out here with the guys and do what you love, it’s fun.”