Larry Fitzgerald has more 2020 chess losses to Kyler Murray than 2019 drops
The ramp-up to football activities for the Arizona Cardinals is a slow and steady one because of the coronavirus.
While we’ve seen teasers of the players suiting up for photo shoots and going through some type of workouts donning masks, it’s not time to start breaking down position battles and over-analyzing practices just yet. The padded practices have yet to begin in full, so there’s nothing to take away in football terms right now.
One thing we do know is that future Hall of Fame receiver Larry Fitzgerald is off to a bad start.
He found himself Sunday sitting on the floor of the team’s practice facility to play quarterback Kyler Murray at a game of chess. Murray, by the way, is an avid chess player dating back to his elementary school days, as ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss featured last year.
Murray posted a picture of the two starting their game at 11:17 a.m. Sunday.
By 11:45 a.m., he was taking a short video after having trapped Fitzgerald’s king in the corner of the board.
“1-0 fellas,” the quarterback wrote to go along with his video of the victory.
That means Fitzgerald has already dropped more chess games in pseudo-training camp than he did passes all of last season, by Pro Football Reference’s count.
Now to see if anyone else has the courage to take on Murray.