Several Sooners Make NFL Debuts
Jordan King - August 9, 2019 10:20 am
Kyler Murray made his debut in limited fashion last night against LAC. via @AZCardinals/Twitter
The long awaited debut of Kyler Murray has come and gone, somewhat uneventfully.
That, however, is not to say the Arizona Cardinals’ rookie quarterback didn’t provide a few answers along with his first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Murray looked sharp and the offense moved the ball, albeit in short bursts, during his short stint in the preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Heisman Trophy winner and OU alum went 6-for-7 for 44 yards, which was good for a 92.9 passer rating. Although some criticized Murray’s inability to lead a touchdown drive like the one we saw Daniel Jones lead for the Giants earlier in the evening, most praised the rookie for demonstrating he could move a pro offense.
One of those to sing the praises of Murray was Fox Sports 1 analyst Nick Wright on “First Thing’s First”.
“He showed some escapability, he had easy reads and some difficult throws. As much as you can learn from one drive in one preseason game, Kyler Murray checked all the boxes you want to see.” — @getnickwright pic.twitter.com/EQ5BW67sGO
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) August 9, 2019
Murray demonstrated an ability to hit receivers in stride, make strong throws from the pocket and be accurate throwing on the run.
Was Kyler Murray the most impressive rookie last night? 👀pic.twitter.com/onHlLVbj1C
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) August 9, 2019
The kicker on Murray’s Oklahoma team that went to the College Football Playoff last season also made his debut and Austin Seibert drilled both extra points confidently, which was a positive to hear after several reports that he had struggled in camp.
Cody Ford was the second round pick out of OU and he made his debut yesterday for the Buffalo Bills and he made a few plays while struggling on others. He played at guard.
Bills beat reporter Sal Capaccio pointed out one of the instances when Ford won in a big way.
I would say Cody Ford and Ty Nsekhe are winning the battle at the line of scrimmage on this play. Line of scrimmage is the blue line. pic.twitter.com/fA9XtA7Ykl
— Sal Capaccio 🏈 (@SalSports) August 9, 2019
Los Angeles Rams’ beat reporter JB Long reported on Twitter he expects the third round pick offensive lineman Bobby Evans to make a start on the line to open preseason tomorrow against the Raiders. Both fourth rounders in Dru Samia and Ben Powers are at differing stages of camp battles.
Powers has been tabbed by John Harbaugh as a guy who has a legitimate chance to win a starting gig with Baltimore. The news surrounding Samia has been fewer and further between, but he will likely make his debut tonight for the Vikings.
Marquise Brown will have to wait at least another week before he makes his debut. No word on if he is expected to play much in the preseason. The same goes for Rodney Anderson, who passed his physical earlier this week and is now cleared to return to practice. He will battle for the backup duties behind former OU teammate Joe Mixon in Cincinnati.