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Greg Dortch Appreciative Of Kyler Murray Love

Receiver hoping to finally break out for Cardinals

Kyler Murray told the world on Wednesday the high regard he has for wide receiver Greg Dortch.

On Thursday following the Cardinals' OTA and post-practice lift, Dortch noted with a smile that yes, he had seen the comments.

"It is high praise," Dortch said, "but he and I have been teammates for four years so I'd hope he'd have something positive to say about me."

The smile got a little bigger as he said it. Dortch has long had plenty of self-confidence. But to hear QB1 dole out the compliments is still important.

"I feel like Dortch is unguardable," Murray said. "One-on-one, knowing where to be in the zones, he's got the nuance and savvy in him that you want in a receiver, and not everyone has that. It's not very common. If he were 6-3 he'd have been a top-five pick. That's what I think, because that's the type of football player he is."

A refresher: Dortch is not 6-3. He is 5-7. He has flashed at times the past two seasons, just enough for people to wonder why he hasn't gotten more opportunity. Last season he had 41 targets, 24 catches, 280 yards and two touchdowns. All but one catch (for two yards) and two targets came in the final seven games of the season.

He had similar boom-or-bust usage in 2022 during Kliff Kingsbury's final year.

"I'm learning to embrace it because it is my journey," Dortch said. "It's easy to look at other guys around the league and think, 'Dang they got their turn, when is my time coming?' You just have to be patient, wait on your time, and when your time comes take advantage, because it might only come one time. And I feel like my time is now, so I am excited."

The Cardinals have Marvin Harrison Jr. and Michael Wilson, in addition to a few vets (including Zay Jones). But Dortch, who already has earned unprompted praise from coach Jonathan Gannon, now has his QB endorsement.

"It means a lot to me," Dortch said. "Makes me want to work harder. It's just the beginning, really for everybody. It's nice to hear that though."

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Greg Dortch (83) during the Week 17 regular season game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Dec 31, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA.