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K1 Podcast: Kyler Murray runs on Panthers, learning how to use pocket

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray lies on the field after being sacked by Carolina Panthers linebacker Christian Miller (50) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Was Kyler Murray’s third NFL game his worst? It was certainly his most unique.

For one, the Arizona Cardinals’ No. 1 pick for the first time in his career aggressively used his legs in the running game. Murray rushed eight times for 69 yards.

He also had a career-best game with a completion percentage of 70%. He went 30-for-43 but only passed for 173 yards.

The rookie finished with two touchdown passes and two late interceptions with a handful of sacks taken in a 38-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers at State Farm Stadium.

While there is nuance to the good and the bad, one thing is clear: Murray isn’t close to the team’s biggest problem.

Rudy Carpenter and Kevin Zimmerman of the K1 Podcast break down Arizona’s quarterback. Here’s what they discussed.

2:30 — Murray took eight sacks for 46 yards. How he can improve getting rid of the ball and working in the pocket? How do the Cardinals manage a game while trailing as defenses blitz them heavily?

4:00 — It wasn’t Murray’s best game. But it doesn’t help that the Cardinals are a one-dimensional football team. The running game is not producing.

8:04 — The Cardinals looked good on their first drive of each half, when they were running a scripted offense.

10:44 — Carolina forced Arizona into a dink-and-dunk offense. Was Murray managing the game well? How much did the big drops by Christian Kirk and Trent Sherfield hurt?

15:39 — What are personnel issues hampering Murray and the offense?

19:24 — What went wrong on Murray’s two interceptions?

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