Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback Kyler Murray took to the weight room this offseason, and it has shown, especially when it comes to his teammates. However, Murray says that maturing led to his new focus in the weight room.
“I didn’t try to go in the weight room to put on weight,” Murray said, according to the team’s website. “I just think it’s the maturation of getting older, working out. It just happened. I didn’t go into the offseason saying I need to put on 10 pounds, or however many pounds I put on. That’ll always be who I am, I pride myself on working hard.”
Murray’s work in the weight room has impressed some his teammates.
“We’re always in there hyping him up a little in the weight room because he knows he got a little swole and got a big chest,” Cardinals’ wide receiver Christian Kirk said. “Most quarterbacks aren’t too willing to go in there and bench and do biceps. But he’s all about it. He gets after it in the weight room.”
Murray will be looking to build on his rookie season, a season in which Cardinals’ head coach Kliff Kingsbury says was “kind of survival mode for him, the way we thrust him in there.”
“He had to learn on the fly,” Kingsbury said. “It’s not easy to have to do that at his position in the history of the league, and to live to tell about it.”
With Murray’s added muscle, perhaps that will cut down on the amount of sacks he took in 2019, 48 times, which was tied for the most in the NFL.