Kyler Murray’s teammates are raving about the QB looking ‘swole’ this offseason
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray arrived at his second NFL training camp still listed at 207 pounds—the same figure he was at ahead of his rookie season.
But, that number should be taken with a grain of salt, considering that Murray showed up noticeably bigger the second time around, and his teammates are taking notice.
“We’re always in there hyping him up a little in the weight room because he knows he got a little swole and got a big chest,” wide receiver Christian Kirk said. “Most quarterbacks aren’t too willing to go in there and bench and do biceps. But he’s all about it. He gets after it in the weight room.”
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However, the 5’10 Murray is downplaying the gains that will help him fend off tacklers and make him tougher to bring down in the pocket and the open field.
“I didn’t try to go in the weight room to put on weight,” he said. “I just think it’s the maturation of getting older, working out. It just happened. I didn’t go into the offseason saying I need to put on 10 pounds, or however many pounds I put on. That’ll always be who I am, I pride myself on working hard.”
Kyler Murray was sacked 48 times last season, tied for most of the league.
Beyond the physical upgrades, Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury thinks the biggest change ahead of his young quarterback’s second season is a greater comfort level with the offense.
Kingsbury labeled 2019 as a “kind of survival mode for him, the way we thrust him in there.”
“He had to learn on the fly,” Kingsbury added. “It’s not easy to have to do that at his position in the history of the league, and to live to tell about it.”