The wide receiver has seen plenty throughout his 16-year career — and he’s played with plenty of great quarterbacks, too.
Yet this year is different, all thanks Kyler Murray.
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall draft pick has already caught Fitzgerald’s attention at training camp, and shown him something he hasn’t ever seen before.
“I've never seen a quarterback come in so quickly and be able to command an offense,” Fitzgerald said on Sunday, via the NFL Network. “I mean, from Day 1, he's out there checking the different plays, sliding the line, different protections, getting us in screens when blitzes are coming. His understanding of the offense is crazy.
“I think that's going to give us a great advantage, to play fast from the first preseason game all the way to the start of the regular season and giving him the keys to the car and letting him is going to be great for us.”
Now, it’s not likely that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall draft pick is going to step in right off the bat and be an instant success. That’s a lot to ask of any quarterback, let alone one who is stepping into newly-hired head coach Kliff Kingsburry’s untested Air Raid style offense.
So far, though, it sounds like Murray has done his homework.
And, after all, that’s really all you can ask of a rookie at this point in the year.
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