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Kyler's Day, And A Final Training Camp Practice Aftermath

Remainder of camp work closed to public

Kyler Murray didn't play Friday, and he certainly looked like he saved up his game effort for Sunday's practice. The Cardinals' quarterback – in the last public (and open to reporting) practice of training camp – had a great practice Sunday. To me, it was his best of camp. Other than an early throw over the middle in the red zone that was nearly picked off by linebacker Jordan Hicks, Murray was scary sharp.

Practice isn't a game, of course. You still want to see Murray with at least some preseason snaps (I'd think he'd get some for Friday's ESPN game against the Chiefs) but the trend around the league is to keep the starting QB reps in preseason fairly low. But if Murray practices like Sunday, that's a very good sign as we move toward games that count.

-- Wide receiver A.J. Green was back at practice on a limited basis and even ran some routes with other receivers when there was no defense. He was held out of team work, running sprints the width of the field with fellow receiver-coming-back-from-injury Antoine Wesley, but Green did look good in the little stuff he did do, running and cutting.

-- Defensive lineman Zach Allen was also back on the field, although he didn't do much. There were still a lot of guys sitting – J.J. Watt, Jordan Phillips, Justin Murray, Brian Winters, Chris Banjo, DeAndre Hopkins, Jonathan Ward, Darqueze Dennard, Rashard Lawrence, and of course the guys still on the Covid list.

-- Backup center Max Garcia left during practice to the locker room accompanied by head athletic trainer Tom Reed. We'll see his status tomorrow.

-- With Murray on target, there was another nice day for rookie receiver Rondale Moore, who beat Byron Murphy for a touchdown during red zone work. But the play that really caught the eye was a perfect bullet of a backshoulder throw by Kyler at the back of the end zone for a score for tight end Maxx Williams. Safety Jalen Thompson had really good coverage, and it was just a better throw and catch.

-- Again, no more open practices. We'll be able to say who is there but we have moved on to regular-season rules, so the aftermaths daily are over. Teams have to get down to 85 players from 90 by Tuesday, but until the five players on the Covid list return, technically the Cards are already at that mark. When those guys come off the list – and it could be soon – others will have to be released. The cut to 80 players comes on Aug. 24, with the cut to 53 coming on Aug. 31.

-- A last word from cornerback Byron Murphy, who was asked about making some fan's night after the game when he gave away his game gloves. "We get free gloves, so whenever I can give gloves away I'm going to give them away. Hopefully I can keep that going."

QB Kyler Murray at practice in 2021 training camp