Rookie Murray strug­gles; Raiders roll past Car­di­nals

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS - By Jose M. Romero As­so­ci­ated Press

GLEN­DALE, Ariz. — If the re­al­i­ties of fac­ing an NFL de­fense that turned up its pass rush, and deal­ing with penal­ties, missed re­ceivers and an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the rules didn’t hit Kyler Murray in his Ari­zona Car­di­nals de­but last week, they un­doubt­edly did Thurs­day night.

Murray’s sec­ond out­ing as an NFL quar­ter­back didn’t go nearly as well as his first, and the Oak­land Raiders moved the ball with ease on the Car­di­nals’ top de­fen­sive units in Oak­land’s 33-26 pre­sea­son win at State Farm Sta­dium.

The first over­all pick in this year’s draft who looked sharp in his de­but last Thurs­day against the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers, fin­ished 3 of 8 for 12 yards. He also ran once for 4 yards, and the Car­di­nals went three-and-out on two of his four se­ries.

“It ob­vi­ously wasn’t as pol­ished as we would like it to be, but it’s a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” Murray said. “It’s foot­ball. We didn’t look as good as we would like to look. But it’s the pre­sea­son. I don’t want to say it’s not real, but it’s not the reg­u­lar sea­son. We’re not do­ing every­thing that we’re go­ing to do.”

Raiders backup Mike Glen­non com­pleted 11 of 14 passes for 175 yards and a pair of touch­downs, and the Oak­land de­fense tack­led Murray in the end zone for a safety to lead the Raiders to their sec­ond pre­sea­son win.

Derek Carr, the Raiders’ No. 1 quar­ter­back, played one se­ries and led a touch­down drive, go­ing 2 for

2 for 40 yards in his pre­sea­son de­but. Carr threw 13 yards to Ryan Grant for a touch­down on the game’s open­ing drive, and for­mer Car­di­nal Glen­non picked up where Carr left off.

Glen­non en­gi­neered three scor­ing drives, one ending in a deep pass over the mid­dle to a wide-open Rico Gaf­ford, who got free on what ap­peared to a busted cov­er­age. Gaf­ford scored a 53-yard touch­down with 2:33 left in the first quar­ter.

“It felt like the of­fense re­ally moved the ball well, a real good job at pro­tec­tion,” Glen­non said.

The Car­di­nals couldn’t get out of their own way with Murray guid­ing the No. 1 of­fense. Six penal­ties for 45 yards while Murray was in the game didn’t help, and Murray him­self was flagged twice for false starts. He was sacked by the Raiders’ Bran­don Mar­shall in the sec­ond quar­ter, and two plays later went down in the end zone for a safety cred­ited to Oak­land’s La­mar­cus Joyner.

“Ap­par­ently I was just too abrupt, not smooth enough as far as bring­ing my hands to­gether goes,” Murray said of the two calls against him made be­fore shot­gun snaps when he clapped his hands to­gether. “To me it’s like any other hard count. It’s the de­fense’s job to watch the ball, so it doesn’t re­ally make sense to me.”

Car­di­nals coach Kliff Kings­bury said it was the first time cer­tain of­fi­cials have seen a hand clap of that fash­ion prior to a snap.

“We’ve been in con­tact with the league,” he said. “We’re go­ing to work through that. We want to be on the same page with them and make sure we’re do­ing things that they deem le­gal.”

Backup Brett Hund­ley came on for Murray late in the sec­ond quar­ter, and after a pass in­ter­fer­ence penalty against the Raiders, threw a 40-yard touch­down pass to Trent Sher­field.

Zane Gon­za­lez kicked field goals of 22 and 45 yards for the Car­di­nals. Ari­zona scored a pair of late touch­downs to cut into a 33-13 deficit.

A.B. IN THE HOUSE Raiders star wide re­ceiver An­to­nio Brown came out for pregame warmups in full uni­form and pads - and a league-sanc­tioned hel­met - and caught passes. He didn’t play in the game.

Brown lost his griev­ance with the NFL on Mon­day over his use of an old hel­met that is no longer cer­ti­fied as safe to use for prac­tice or play.

Brown has been lim­ited in train­ing camp with in­juries to his feet that re­port­edly came from frost­bite suf­fered while get­ting cryother­apy treat­ment.

“Hell yeah it was en­cour­ag­ing,” Raiders coach Jon Gru­den said. “You know it’s been a strange cou­ple of weeks with frost­bite and the hel­met griev­ance . ...

It’s great to see him out there with his team­mates. He ap­pears in great spir­its and ap­pears like he’s ready to get go­ing.”

Gru­den said he’s op­ti­mistic Brown will prac­tice soon.

HUND­LEY-SHER­FIELD CON­NEC­TION

Hund­ley hit Sher­field for a touch­down for the sec­ond time in two pre­sea­son games. The first was a 22-yard strike last Thurs­day, also in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Hund­ley fin­ished 10 of 15 for 139 yards, and ran three times for 26 yards.

“Trent’s do­ing a great job and for us the last two games, back-to-back throw­ing to the same spot,” Hund­ley said.

NUMB­ING NUM­BERS The Car­di­nals to­taled 14 penal­ties for 108 yards, and al­lowed 123 rush­ing yards a week after giv­ing up 179 to the Charg­ers.

“We ob­vi­ously have to clean that up,” Kings­bury said. “Re­ally had some costly ones of­fen­sively that are hurt­ing some of our drives.”

IN­JURIES

Car­di­nals: CB Robert Al­ford, a pro­jected starter, suf­fered a lower leg in­jury Tues­day in prac­tice and is ex­pected to miss ex­tended time into the reg­u­lar sea­son, Kings­bury said.

Raiders: WR J.J. Nel­son sprained an an­kle in the game.

UP NEXT:

Raiders: vs. Green Bay next Thurs­day.

Car­di­nals: at Min­nesota on Aug. 24.

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