We’ve seen ESPN assign a reporter to individually cover an athlete in the past. Pedro Gomez (Barry Bonds) and Brian Windhorst (LeBron James) are two examples that come to mind.
Well, the Worldwide Leader is doing it again. According to Peter King’s latest Football Morning in America column, Gomez will shadow Murray this season as a personal beat writer.
Get ready for lots of coverage and hype for the No. 1 overall pick from ESPN.
Kyler Murray — all in on Arizona.
Antonio Brown — all out in Oakland?
— Peter King (@peter_king) August 19, 2019
In addition to telling King that covering Murray is much easier than tailing Bonds–what isn’t?–Gomez seems to be impressed with the Cardinals’ rookie QB up close.
“I think he’s incredibly competitive,” Gomez said, “but I don’t think the fame part is a huge thing for him.”
Murray will start in Arizona from Day 1. He has a young head coach in Kliff Kingsbury who is also making his NFL debut and won’t be shy about tailoring his offense to fit his first-year signal caller.
Through two preseason games, Murray has produced a mixed bag of results. He looked sharp in his first action, completing six of seven passes for 44 yards.
However, in game two, Murray hit on only 3-of-8 passing attempts for 12 yards.