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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

‘Kyler Murray is too short’ critics have ammo after NFL debut

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A lot of observers love Kyler Murray, as do the Arizona Cardinals. After all, the team made him the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. But there is a healthy amount of skepticism around Murray, and a number of critics have fixated on his height.

Those critics got plenty of ammo watching the first half of Murray’s regular season debut against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Murray is officially listed at 5-foot-10, which is very short for an NFL quarterback. Murray’s height means he has to get a little more loft on his throws to get them over onrushing defensive linemen.

On Sunday, Murray had a hard time with that. Three of his passes in the first half were batted down or tipped at the line of scrimmage.

This will be worth watching going forward. Murray’s height was a talking point in the pre-draft process, and one of the major physical knocks on the quarterback. It’s possible to succeed anyway — Russell Wilson is listed at 5-foot-11 — but it’s going to take some adaptation on Murray’s part.



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