Well, the world (or at least the state of Arizona) tuned in to see Kyler Murray’s first debut in a game without meaning.
But the meaning that it did have was definitely profound for a lot of people on social media.
To start, Murray dropped a line supporting fellow young Valley star athlete Devin Booker by rocking a pair of his sneakers, as well as a Korean soccer jersey (he does have Asian heritage after all, folks).
But enough talk, now WE had to deal with Kyler Murray, as Kliff Kingsbury once said. So...
It began with the Chargers on offense and they kiiiinda gashed the Cardinals on the ground up until a fumble was caused by Jordan Hicks, saving what looked to be a touchdown:
Cards getting gashed on defense?— Robert Ortiz (@CoachOrtizOL) August 9, 2019
Sounds like a Kliff Kingsbury defense.
And then it was time for K1’s debut on the 2-yard line, no less.
And the takes they were a-coming...
Kyler Murray puts some real zip on the ball. It's noticeable.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 9, 2019
All the QBs under 6’ watching Kyler Murray pic.twitter.com/ieWl2HELEC— Supercalifragilisticexpiali-Coachious (@GapDownBacker) August 9, 2019
The height was definitely a commentary as Murray DOES look small out there...
Kyler Murray looking like a make a wish kid next to his teammates pic.twitter.com/pQ4fzXP00w— Ashlie (@EMT_Ashlie) August 9, 2019
But he certainly didn’t play small.
Here’s his first drive as a pro in a preseason NFL game:
Perfect? I guess you could say that.
Kyler Murray's first series: 6-for-6 for 44 yards. Looked extremely comfortable. Showed off mobility and accuracy.— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) August 9, 2019
Kyler Murray's first possession as an Arizona Cardinal: pic.twitter.com/cgfQlMK351— Shane Dale (@ShaneDaleABC15) August 9, 2019
Kyler Murray is on pace to never throw an incompletion for his entire NFL career.— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) August 9, 2019
Pretty good. pic.twitter.com/crPe8UVPDa
The rest of the country won’t understand this but Kyler Murray was a perfect 6-of-7— doug franz (@doug987FM) August 9, 2019
Kyler Murray will not throw an incomplete pass in his career. Bold, you say? Perhaps.— Blake Allen Murf (@blakemurphy7) August 9, 2019
His escapability (and swag) was incredible from all angles...
So of course, Murray had MORE than a few fans before the end of the night witnessing, well, an impressive overall debut.
I like the part where Kyler's passes are accurate— Max (@maxmcc11) August 9, 2019
Quality opening drive by Kyler Murray though it didn't register points. Excellent velocity. Passes on time and accurate. Evaded what would've been a sack for most pro QBs. Serious wheels. He's going to be a fantasy star, folks. Owns all the necessary characteristics.— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) August 9, 2019
Kyler hasn't thrown a ball 10 yards downfield and I'm already in love— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) August 9, 2019
And they keep coming....
Kyler is something else— Davis Mattek (@DavisMattek) August 9, 2019
That wasn’t all for the game of course, as the Chargers landed a score but the Cardinals valiantly fought back and finished the half with an impressive touchdown to Trent Sherfield:
Trent Sherfield making a name for himself out here I like it!— #KingsburySZN (@AZCardinalsHQ) August 9, 2019
Trent Sherfield with four catches for 44 yards and a touchdown in the first half. Also made a great tackle on special teams.— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) August 9, 2019
Trent Sherfield just went a long way into solidifying his spot on the team— doug franz (@doug987FM) August 9, 2019
How does he do it? In a unique way....
WR Trent Sherfield says he pictures himself laying on the beach to keep himself calm when a ball is in the air. I knew I loved this guy.— Scott Martin (@ScottMartinPHX) August 9, 2019
Let’s look at that ONE more time...
A field goal was made by Zane Gonzalez as well, who’s had a lack of competition at the kicking job so far this year. Seems like it’s been earned as he nailed it with room to spare.
Zane Gonzalez just drilled a 55-yard field goal. He's been known to do that in Arizona.— Shane Dale (@ShaneDaleABC15) August 9, 2019
I’m gonna be honest... I was most excited to see Zane Gonzalez tonight #sundevils— Kristen Keogh (@KristenKeogh) August 9, 2019
Kliff Kingsbury keeps saying how much confidence he has in Zane Gonzalez. Gonzalez booting a 55-yard FG is helpful.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) August 9, 2019
So the Cardinals took the lead and entered into the 2nd half with a pick from QB Drew Anderson but a recovery off of a hit fumble (that was sadly overturned).
But they got one anyway off of a takeaway from Tyler Siegler:
Tyler Sigler has an interception for the Cardinals & runs it back 52 yards-- between him, Sherfield and Gardeck, big night for undrafted players— katherine fitzgerald (@kfitz134) August 9, 2019
Good to see the man delaying some gratification paying off in the NFL, eh? (Story below)
Some back story on Sigler, who delayed his honeymoon to get an NFL shot: https://t.co/1tlUDCdXWv— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) August 9, 2019
And the Cards finished off the touchdown drive, capped off by Wes Hills rumbling into the endzone.
Just stay out of his way pic.twitter.com/JsP4IQDDe3— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 9, 2019
The Chargers got a late score and the Cardinals
And in the end, someone sent me a tweet that shows that maybe the best cure that shows something powerful is when something turns a non-believer into one, like Kyler did for some tonight:
Hey Blake, former non-Murray fan here, I got chills picturing him in the future. I LOVE it.— (@Bobables) August 9, 2019
I hope more of those chills will be coming in the future myself.
What were your thoughts or favorite tweets from K1’s debut? Sound off in the comments section!