Camp K report: Murray up-and-down, CB Jones has opportunity

Aug 13, 2019, 2:07 PM | Updated: 7:10 pm
Arizona Cardinals CB Chris Jones catches a pass during the team’s practice Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019,...
Arizona Cardinals CB Chris Jones catches a pass during the team’s practice Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at State Farm Stadium. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports)
(Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Kliff Kingsbury is not one to overplay things. Nor is he one to rail on one of his players to reporters.

So take his assessment of rookie quarterback Kyler Murray during an hour-long practice outdoors on Tuesday for what it’s worth.

“I think it was up-and-down. We did a little bit looser, kind of a call-it format. Had some ups, had some downs. I thought he operated fine,” Kingsbury said. “But it’s good. It’s a humbling game. It’s not always going to go your way. There’s a lot of factors that go into it.”

With the practice closed to the public and reporters unable to share their observations, here’s what else we learned from Cardinals camp on Tuesday, two days out from Arizona hosting the Oakland Raiders on ESPN.

Keep an eye on Chris Jones

Patrick Peterson’s work at cornerback will be scaled back in the coming weeks. Second-round pick Byron Murphy and vet Tramaine Brock are expected to slot into major roles in his place, but keep an eye on second-year pro Chris Jones in the next three preseason games.

The undrafted Nebraska product could very well be the next man up barring an injury to any of the three players ahead of him.

“Since I’ve watched him, he’s flashed, even in the spring,” Kingsbury said. “Big, physical, workman-like. He approaches his craft the right way and you like to see that. Excited to watch him play these next three weeks.”

Jones, who spent much of last season around the Cardinals but appeared in just two games, had three tackles and a pass defensed in the preseason game last Thursday against the Los Angeles Chargers.

“Ever since I’ve got the opportunity to play in this league, it’s always been keep my head down, grind,” he said Thursday. “Just keep doing what I’m doing, just make sure I keep coming to work every day.”

Receivers mix still a question

Kingsbury still hasn’t hinted at what the wide receiver room could look like come the regular season. He’s not even set on a number.

“I think six, seven, somewhere in there,” the head coach said. “I think it depends how guys perform the last three weeks and what they can do in other areas. So we’ll see how that plays out.”

Three drafted rookies are expected to join Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald on the 53-man roster, and sixth-round pick KeeSean Johnson appears to be ahead of his young peers.

Second-round pick Andy Isabella is expected to debut in the preseason against Oakland after he missed the Chargers game with a minor knee injury, while fourth-round pick Hakeem Butler has lacked consistency making catches as a deep threat. He even dropped a short route against Los Angeles last Thursday.

Meanwhile, younger vets Damiere Byrd and Trent Sherfield have gotten the most run with the first team in the open practices over the last week. Falling behind all those players is veteran Kevin White, who remains sidelined with a hamstring issue.

“We just like to see him back out there performing and give himself a chance to compete and make the roster,” Kingsbury said of White.

Arizona Cardinals

(HBO Photo)...
Tyler Drake

HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks In Season’ to feature Cardinals

The Cardinals will be featured on HBO's 'Hard Knocks In Season' for 2022, becoming the second NFL team to do so for the midseason series.
13 hours ago
Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals looks on before the game against the Los Angeles Rams in t...
Arizona Sports

Kyler Murray not at Cardinals OTAs, expected at mandatory camp

ESPN's Adam Schefter added there is no news on the contract front regarding Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals.
13 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) is congratulated by tight end Maxx Williams (87) aft...
Arizona Sports

NFL Network’s Frelund leaves Cardinals off list of top NFL offenses

The Arizona Cardinals have not had a top-10 scoring offense since head coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Kyler Murray arrived in 2019.
2 days ago
New Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marquise Brown answers a question at a news conference at the C...
Tom Kuebel

Arizona Cardinals’ Hollywood Brown could be next in line for big contract

The Cardinals made one of the most surprising moves on draft day by trading out of the first round for receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown.
3 days ago
Keaontay Ingram #28 of the USC Trojans runs as he is chased by Ricky Miezan #45 of the Stanford Car...
Arizona Sports’s Reuter: Cardinals’ Ingram among late picks with chance to start

NFL Network draft analyst Chad Reuter placed Cardinals RB Keaontay Ingram on a list of Day 3 picks with a chance to start games in 2022.
3 days ago
J.J. Watt #99 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates in the second quarter against the Houston Texans ...
Arizona Sports

Seven words or less: The Arizona Cardinals’ 2022 schedule

Cardinals Corner co-hosts Tyler Drake and Erik Ruby took a look at each of Arizona's matchups in -- you guessed it -- seven words or less.
4 days ago
Camp K report: Murray up-and-down, CB Jones has opportunity