Kyler Murray: Disrespectful to think I don’t work hard enough

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The revelation of a clause in Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray’s new contract that requires him to devote at least four hours a week to the “independent study” of “material provided to him” by the team for getting ready for their next game has gotten a lot of attention.

One of the most frequent reactions is that the Cardinals would not have asked for such a clause if they were convinced that Murray was carrying out this work without contractual obligation. Murray remained silent on the hubbub until he called an impromptu press conference from Cardinals training camp on Thursday.

Murray disputed the implication that he is not doing the necessary homework required of an NFL quarterback. He said he puts in a “incomprehensible” spent preparing for his job and joked that he was “honored” by people who think he could have gotten to this without doing that job.

“To say that I can accomplish anything in my career and not be a student of the game. . . it’s disrespectful. It’s almost a joke,” Murray said, via Kevin Zimmerman of ArizonaSports.com.

Darren Urban of the team’s website added that Murray declined to answer when asked if he was angry with the team for including this clause in the contract offer.

Murray’s comments on Thursday deviate from what he said on the subject last year. Murray said he’s “not one of those guys who’s going to sit there and kill himself watching a movie” while crediting his “cognitive skills” for making him successful on the pitch. That didn’t stop him from signing a contract that included the clause and his response is unlikely to stop some from believing the clause exists because the Cardinals were convinced he wasn’t doing enough work on his own.

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