Kyler Murray looked the part of No. 1 overall pick in his NFL preseason debut. Not so much in his second appearance as an Arizona Cardinals.
Arizona took a 33-26 loss to Jon Gruden's Oakland Raiders this week. Obviously losses in the preseason aren't a major concern.
Your presumptive franchise quarterback and top draft pick throwing for 1.5 yards per attempt is.
Murray finished just 3-for-8 for a paltry 12 yards through the air, taking two sacks in the process, due in large part to some shaky offensive line play, one of which was a safety. He also rushed for four yards on one carry.
After the game, he caught some verbal bullets from Raiders' safety LaMarcus Joyner, who forced the safety. After the game, he criticized Murray and the Cardinals' "pretty boy" college offense.
Kyler Murray is apparently not worried though, and neither is head coach Kliff Kingsbury, also in his first year with the team. He says that the young QB is "unfazed" following a rough outing.
It probably helps that Murray's first start went much better. In a 17-13 win over the San Diego Chargers, he went 6-of-7 for 44 yards, taking just one sack.
It doesn't sound like the Cardinals have wavered on their pretty clear preference to start Murray Week 1, though another former college star has likely given them at least a little bit of pause. Former UCLA Bruin turned Green Bay Packer and Seattle Seahawk Brett Hundley has been phenomenal for Arizona through two games.
Hundley's been facing mostly back-up players, of course, but he is 20-of-29 for 243 yards and two touchdowns. He's also rushed for 40 yards on four attempts.
He hasn't been great when thrown into action in previous seasons, usually as an injury replacement for Aaron Rodgers, but he does have experience and seems to be acquitting himself well to the Kingsbury offense. Still, it'd be a shock if Murray wasn't behind center for Week 1 against the Detroit Lions.