EAGAN, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson Thursday denied he had a “beef” with Kyler Murray and said he meant no disrespect by his recent comments and reached out to the Arizona Cardinals quarterback in hopes to speak through her back. and-fort of the past week.
Peterson said he hasn’t heard from Murray but looks forward to helping him grow as a player.
The exchange between the two began Wednesday when Peterson said on his All Things Covered podcast that “Kyler Murray only cares about Kyler Murray.” Murray then responded in a Twitter post, saying the characterization was “not true.” He added that Peterson should call him if he wants to mentor and not just “pull me so your podcast can grow…”.
On Thursday, Peterson said, “I have no problem with Kyler Murray.” He denied “disrespecting” Murray and said his comments were based on body language observations that anyone could make.
“What I meant by my comment was that as a franchise quarterback, you have to carry yourself a certain way,” said Peterson, who was Murray’s teammate for a season with the Cardinals in 2020. “So when you’re having bad body language, pouty lips, moping on the sidelines, what kind of energy do you think feeds off of your teammates?
“That’s what I meant by Kyler. He takes care of himself because he doesn’t put the team first. When you make a bad throw and come to the touchline and you drop your shoulders, how do you think the defense feels? If our starting quarterback has no energy, no fire, that we can win this game, how can we? That’s what I meant by Kyler taking care of Kyler. I didn’t mean disrespect in any way or form. And I might not be his mentor, but those are the things, tips that can help him become a better footballer in the long run.”
Peterson said he didn’t have Murray’s number prior to this week but was given one by a former teammate. He texted Murray but had received no reply as of Thursday afternoon.
“I’m looking forward to speaking with him because I see a lot of talent in him,” said Peterson. “And these mannerisms are alarming. I’m just saying something that most people might be afraid to say to him. It is no secret. Everyone sees it. They see it every time they’re on TV. You see Kyler Murray sulking the head coach calling out the offensive scheme. I did not say that. He did it.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/35158136/patrick-peterson-denies-beef-kyler-murray-texted-qb Patrick Peterson denies ‘beef’ with Kyler Murray, has texted QB