The New York Giants will get their first look at Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
Unlike many of the other quarterbacks they’ve come up against so far this season, the Giants will be tasked with slowing down one of the speedier, shiftier players in the league in Murray. And they know that presents a unique challenge.
“He has PlayStation speed,” defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence said, via NJ Advance Media.
Some took the analogies of Murray’s quickness to the next level, likening him to the 16-bit legend (not the live-action disaster), Sonic the Hedgehog, whose feet move so quickly you can’t even see them.
“It’s like Sonic the Hedgehog out there running super fast,” defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson said. “He’s super elusive. He’s quick as well as fast.”
Rookie Oshane Ximinies agreed.
“He’s a real elusive guy,” Ximines told NJ Advance Media. “He’s quick. He can make plays outside of the pocket down the field. We have to be aware of that and keep him in the pocket. We have to rush him aggressively.
“You’ve got to be aware of where you are in relation to him. So you don’t want to get too high on him or get underneath too quickly which allows him to escape outside.”
Some teams have deployed a spy to help in the event Murray takes off, but the Giants may be less inclined to take that route given the presence of running back David Johnson and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who could be a real thorn in Big Blue’s side given their secondary struggles this season.
“The biggest thing is that you have to be disciplined,” Tomlinson said. “You have to be gap-disciplined, and you can’t just run around and get unbalanced in your rush because he’ll find a gap and just take off on you and capitalize on it.”
Murray certainly presents a new challenge for the Giants, and it will be interesting to see what sort of game plan defensive coordinator James Bettcher draws up to aid his players.