Kenneth Murray has all the time been about extra than simply himself. He cares about everybody, is the last word household man, and ideal proof of that’s the truth he simply purchased his mother and father a home with a few of his signing bonus with the Los Angeles Chargers.
“Yeah, I imply, it’s positively a lifelong dream,” Murray advised reporters in a Zoom name after apply this week. “You develop up and also you see your mother and father making sacrifices in an effort to be who you need to be as a child, and so I felt prefer it was responsibility to only go on the market and be capable of put them in a pleasant place, be sure they go on the market and get no matter they need and ensure it’s one thing that they like.
“So I used to be capable of get them their dream home, which is simply going to make me completely happy that they’re completely happy.”
Murray has clearly carried out nothing however make his mother and father completely happy in latest days. In late July, the previous OU linebacker inked a four-year, $13 million take care of the Chargers, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
That is after the franchise traded again into the primary spherical and used its No. 23 total decide to pick out him this previous April. The group is hoping that he can proceed his extremely excessive stage of manufacturing within the NFL, which they’re actually inspired about thus far in coaching camp.
“Nicely, he’s a giant man,” stated Los Angeles defensive coordinator Gus Bradley after a latest apply. “I believe that’s what first jumps out. He’s, what, 240 kilos and may run effectively. So he’s been a shock so far as simply how briskly [in] how he’s selecting it up. In faculty this final 12 months, clearly he did an incredible job defending the run, however numerous what you noticed him do was spying the quarterback in cross protection.
“So the little little bit of the unknown was simply how he was going to choose up a number of the zone drops and coverages and facets like that, however he’s carried out a extremely good job selecting that up. So he’s progressing effectively up up to now…I believe the bar is transferring in the suitable path for him.”
Bradley and the remainder of the Chargers teaching workers is attempting to simplify and, maybe on the similar token, speed up that course of with how they’re utilizing Murray. Presumably, he is working extensively on the MIKE place.
“ what? We’re attempting to essentially lock him in to at least one linebacker spot proper now,” Bradley stated. “And I believe it’s simply attempting to determine the place’s his stage in zone drops and in cross protection and issues like that and is he a man [that can do multiple things]. Coach [Richard] Smith does job with all these guys attempting to [say], ‘Hey, the extra that you are able to do.’ Like Nick [Vigil], he can play OTTO; he can play MIKE; he can play WILL. And that advantages the gamers, and I believe as you get to know them that’s what you attempt to do.
“However proper now we’ve type of bought him locked in and simply in order that he can have some consistency day-to-day. And we’re transferring Denzel [Perryman] and Drue Tranquill round simply in order that he can keep put.”
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As a Sooner, Murray exceeded 100 tackles in each the 2018 and 2019 seasons. In his total three-year profession in Norman, Murray made 325 tackles with 36.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. Accolades have been removed from unusual for Murray, and so they bought much more prestigious all through his profession. He went from Large 12 co-Defensive Freshman of the Yr to second-team All-Large 12 as a sophomore to first-team All Large 12 as a junior.
Murray was among the best athletes at linebacker on the NFL Scouting Mix, measuring at 6-foot-2.5 and 242 kilos, then operating a four.52-second 40-yard sprint and including a 38-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot-9 broad soar. All of that prompted the Chargers to take him on day one.