The Arizona Cardinals will officially restart the Kyler Murray era on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. On Friday, Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon named Murray the starting quarterback for Sunday’s clash, per NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
Murray will debut on Sunday after suffering a torn ACL late last season. Arizona has struggled to stack wins in 2023, going 1-8 without Murray.
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray: Playing First Game Under Head Coach Jonathan Gannon
Kyler Murray, the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, will take his first snap under a new regime on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. The former Heisman Trophy Award winner played his first four seasons under Kliff Kingsbury. However, Kingsbury got canned after a poor 2022 campaign. The Cardinals are in their first year with head coach Jonathan Gannon, formerly the defensive coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles. Gannon has expressed his desire to work with Murray and keep the signal-caller in the desert long-term.
Kyler Murray: NFL Career
Murray has thrown for 84 touchdowns against 41 picks in 57 NFL games. He threw for 3,722 yards and 20 touchdowns as a rookie while running for 544 yards and another four scores. He earned AP Offensive Rookie of the Year honors for his performance. The Oklahoma product starred for the Cardinals from 2020-2021, throwing for 50 touchdowns against just 22 interceptions. Murray ran for 16 touchdowns during that span.
The five-foot-ten playmaker was playing well last season before tearing his ACL in Week 14 against the New England Patriots. The two-time Pro-Bowler had accumulated 17 touchdowns before going down with that season-ending injury.
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