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And Now, The Cardinals Offense Begins To Come Together

Kyler's first full offseason under Gannon added Harrison Monday

The new offense is together.

Thanks to what has been an impressive voluntary turnout for what to this point has been Phase Two work (offense and defense separate, no helmets, with the Phase Three OTAs starting next week), that work everyone has been counting on that side of the Cardinals' ball is underway. Monday was the first day rookie wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. was working alongside Kyler Murray, James Conner, Trey McBride, Michael Wilson. New wideout Zay Jones was on hand after signing his contract.

It's so early. Jonathan Gannon said Murray had a session last week with the "best RVA I've seen in my life" -- that's routes versus air, given no defense -- and while that's fine, the game absolutely includes defensive backs and a pass rush. (There is a reason if you watch NBA warmups every single player on the roster seems to be able to nail jumper after jumper like they are Steph Curry but then some can't do it when you add in the variables of a game.)

Nevertheless, just having Murray participating and getting an offseason not only with MHJ but Wilson, and any of the other new pass catchers, is a large step.

"In my mind it's my first offseason with him, because now he is acclimated into the program," Gannon said. "I think his game is going to go to another level I know it is I have been extremely pleased with where he is at and what he is doing the command and the leadership he is displaying right now."

The offensive line can't do much in the offseason, but the Cards have made steps to improve that. Harrison will make a difference. McBride is a blossoming star. Conner provides a heart and soul. But Kyler is the key, and the work to fully unlock that is underway.

From left, Trey McBride, Kyler Murray, James Conner, Marvin Harrison Jr.
From left, Trey McBride, Kyler Murray, James Conner, Marvin Harrison Jr.