- Murray was playing in his first game since tearing his right ACL last December
- He ran back at least 15 yards from where he received the snap on the play
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The Arizona Cardinals released footage from the sky cam of quarterback Kyler Murray’s 13-yard scramble against the Atlanta Falcons that is absolutely beautiful.
On the play Murray ended up running back at least 15 yards from where he originally caught the snap before evading a would-be-tackler and accelerating past the defense before eventually diving forward to gain an additional yard or two.
That play, perhaps more than any, proved that the 2019 No. 1 overall pick’s surgically repaired knee was back to being healthy enough for him to be the same dynamic threat he posed to defenses before tearing his right ACL last season on December 12.
Murray finished his first game back on the field going 19-32, 249 passing yards, and one interception to go along with 19 rushing yards and a touchdown.
‘It felt normal,’ the 26-year-old quarterback said. ‘It felt right.’
The Arizona Cardinals posted a sky cam view of Kyler Murray’s amazing 13-yard scramble
Murray was playing in his first game since tearing his ACL and led the Cardinals to a win
Along with the 13-yard scramble Murray scored a rushing touchdown and threw for 249 yards
Now first-year coach Jonathan Gannon has a glimpse of what his team could look like in 2024.
The Cardinals already are out of this year’s playoff race but have stockpiled draft picks and salary cap space to prepare for what they hope is a quick turnaround.
The goals for the rest of this season are clear: keep Murray healthy and continue building a solid young nucleus that includes promising rookies like right tackle Paris Johnson Jr. and receiver Michael Wilson.
‘Superman, he´s superman,’ running back James Conner said of Murray.
‘He´s making magic happen, converting big third downs when we need them. He did his thing.’
For the first time in a long time, the Cardinals have hope. That’s why a healthy Murray can do.
‘I kind of have goosebumps right now, it´s just so cool to see,’ linebacker Dennis Gardeck said. ‘I know that feeling, I know all the hard work, the loneliness of having to do that rehab. Everything he´s gone through and just to hit it in stride as a starting quarterback.
‘I have the utmost respect for him and really happy for him.’