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Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray says it's 'disrespectful' to think he doesn't prepare for games

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray held an unscheduled press conference on Thursday to defend himself against the backlash he's received from the independent study addendum that was added to his contract.

Murray spoke for about 11 minutes, saying he felt it was necessary to explain himself.

He said it was "disrespectful" that outsiders thought he would reach the levels he's at -- a starting quarterback in the NFL -- without being a "student of the game."

"It's almost a joke," he said.

Murray said playing quarterback is too hard to do without studying a significant amount of film.