TEMPE — It’s unclear the place the Arizona Cardinals and quarterback Kyler Murray stand on the subject of a contract extension for the fourth-year professional.
Has the needle moved in any respect for the reason that opening contract proposal was rescinded by Murray’s camp? And if not, what’s the holdup?
Whatever the unknown surrounding the sign caller, Murray was entrance and heart for the workforce’s obligatory minicamp on Tuesday.
“He’s the chief of this franchise,” head coach Kliff Kingsbury mentioned after Day 1 of minicamp. “We’re about to make him I’m positive the very best paid participant on this franchise’s historical past and so he understands what comes with that and the fellows know what he might be at his finest. Any time we are able to get the entire band on the market, issues choose up.”
The looks checks one other field off Murray’s offseason to-do listing as he postures for the extremely wanted extension after his third season.
Nonetheless all of it shakes out, Kingsbury simply hopes it’s resolved earlier than the workforce reconvenes following this week’s camp.
“I’m praying earlier than coaching camp,” the top coach mentioned. “I simply need him there Day 1 of coaching camp.
“I’m unsure (if he wouldn’t present up for coaching camp) however personally, I’m simply being egocentric right here, I might love for him to be there first day of coaching camp,” Kingsbury added.
For now, Kingsbury will proceed controlling what he can management, whereas understanding the vitality the extension would carry to the group as soon as the deal’s wrapped up.
Cardinals to be sensible with DeAndre Hopkins’ coaching camp workload
Arizona is in an odd place with the six-game suspension of vast receiver DeAndre Hopkins for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug coverage.
Barred from practices and the primary six video games of the common season, Hopkins and the workforce should discover a stability between working the wideout into the combination over coaching camp and the preseason whereas additionally specializing in the gamers that shall be on the sector to start out the 12 months.
Kingsbury expects Hopkins to be full-go for coaching camp after lacking the latter a part of final season with a torn MCL — his look in the course of the stretching portion of minicamp on Tuesday was an indication in the best course.
However given his predicament, how a lot full-go will we really see out of Hopkins?
“We’re going to be actually sensible wherein days he practices,” Kingsbury mentioned Tuesday. “Apply a pair days, decrease his reps however be certain that he will get some really feel on the sector, full velocity stuff. After which a pair days, he’ll work out.
“We’re making an attempt to provide you with an incredible plan that rolls proper as much as Week 7 of the season and ensure we’re sensible about it. The principle factor I don’t need him to do is ramp up, make a bunch of performs in coaching camp and do that, apply actually arduous after which six weeks he’s not doing something.”
– Kingsbury on tight finish Maxx Williams, who’s working his means again from a season-ending knee damage in 2021:
“He’s coming alongside, he’s doing all the pieces he can. I believe it will likely be finish of coaching camp after we type of see the place he stands however we’re not going to hurry him, both.”