TEMPE, Ariz. — Coming off a second consecutive late-season collapse adopted by a blowout loss within the NFC wild-card spherical final season, the Arizona Cardinals reported to voluntary organized group actions in late Could realizing that they had work to do.
Arizona knew it could not repair all its points immediately. However it got down to rectify its soccer transgressions largely with out quarterback Kyler Murray, who reported for one among three voluntary OTAs and the necessary minicamp.
Murray’s teammates did not thoughts. They understood the fourth-year quarterback, who’s embroiled in contract negotiations, did not have to indicate up throughout OTAs. And, by and huge, they supported him as a result of, they stated, they perceive there is a enterprise facet to soccer.
“That is my quarterback,” left deal with D.J. Humphries stated. “I noticed a quote the opposite day that was like, ‘Have you ever seen the group earlier than he obtained right here?’ And, I imply, I used to be right here with Carson [Palmer], so clearly, I’ve seen greatness, however I imply that assertion shouldn’t be a lie.
“Should you suppose that Kyler shouldn’t be our future, you’re a plum idiot. There is not any query of that.”
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Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury diverted questions on why Murray selected to attend sure practices and never others again to the quarterback, and Murray didn’t deal with the media this offseason. However Kingsbury did say the important thing to Arizona fixing final 12 months’s points was rooted within the scheme. Arizona was in a position to make tweaks, changes and additions to its scheme with backup quarterback Colt McCoy when Murray wasn’t at apply.
“He and Kyler clearly have an amazing relationship they usually can speak via issues and work via issues and get issues that perhaps had been cloudy final 12 months or they did not like as a unit sorted out throughout this time,” Kingsbury stated.
The setup has labored, in accordance with Kingsbury. He has been in a position to get enter from Murray all through the offseason.
“I do not suppose we have missed an excessive amount of,” Kingsbury stated.
Not having Murray round for 2 of the 4 weeks of apply did not put a dent in constructing camaraderie both, Kingsbury stated. Having two consecutive offseasons altered by COVID ready Arizona for constructing cohesiveness with out everybody in individual.
“Not having an offseason the final two years, I feel guys which can be used to that,” Kingsbury stated. “I imply, there’s a couple of guys that practice on their very own and do these sure issues and folks perceive that, so I do not see it as being as huge of a difficulty.
“When you get to coaching camp, there’s loads of time to bond and are available collectively.”
Each participant has his personal strategy to the voluntary exercises, defensive lineman J.J. Watt stated.
“Being right here with the fellows at OTAs, I feel that being on the sector is extraordinarily invaluable, as a result of I do not suppose you will get higher at soccer with out taking part in soccer,” Watt stated. “And, so, profiting from each single alternative, profiting from each rep, all the person drills and every thing, and the camaraderie and getting the fellows collectively, I feel for me, personally, may be very huge.”
Humphries was taught earlier in his profession by former NFL offensive lineman Andre Smith to not let the league shock him.
“Sure stuff gotta go a sure means for each events to be pleased they usually’ll determine it,” he stated. “I keep out of stuff like that. I do not need no person in my enterprise once I’m speaking about stuff. I help my man all the way in which although.”
When Murray was on the sector, operating again James Conner stated he appeared like the identical previous Murray.
“He was right here for somewhat bit throwing a wonderful ball,” Conner stated, “so we all know come sport time, he’ll be prepared.”