At least one Cardinals player is thrilled the 2021 preseason is over

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Kyler Murray
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Kyler Murray /

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has been vocal about his feelings on the NFL preseason and it is not positive.

Recently, third-year Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray opened up about the preseason in advance of his 2021 debut in a Week 2 exhibition matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Speaking to the Arizona Republic’s Bob McManamanMurray shared his feelings about the preseason.

"“It’s not real. 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.”"

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Murray played a total of three offensive drives in the Week 2 exhibition against Kansas City. All three drives ended with punts, and, in fact, all were three-and-out situations with Murray finishing 1-for-4 for two passing yards. Arizona was also 0-for-3 on third downs with Murray under center.

After his complete lack of offensive momentum, backup quarterbacks Colt McCoy and Chris Streveler took the reigns from Murray for the rest of the matchup with the Chiefs. Arizona lost the matchup to the Chiefs by a final score of 17-10 after a touchdown pass from Streveler and a field goal from Matt Prater proved insufficient.

Murray‘s negative comments, and seemingly “better than” attitude toward the preseason, have a different taste after a very unconvincing performance against Kansas City.

Perhaps the young quarterback simply did not put forth his best effort for a game that, according to him “doesn’t count.”

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But regardless of the reasons for his performance, Murray did not instill a great deal of confidence after what will be his only in-game practice before Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans.

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