QB Kyler Murray - Arizona Cardinals

5-10, 207Born: 8-7-1997College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 1, pick 2019

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Murray and the Cardinals offense looked feeble against the Rams this week and his matchup against the Steelers next week should knock him out of QB1 consideration.

Week 14: vs Pittsburgh Steelers

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Kyler Murray has had a few dazzling rookie moments, but he's coming fresh off a horrendous two-game stretch of play. He's produced just 150 and 163 yards in those two, good for an anemic 4.7 yards per attempt. To be fair, though, both came in tough matchups, and Murray clearly wasn't operating at 100% (hamstring) last Sunday. His throws were off-balance and errant for most of the day, and he couldn't get anything going beyond quick-hitters to Larry Fitzgerald. It also doesn't help that his receiving corps, as currently constituted, lacks real downfield ability. Target leaders Fitzgerald (10.6 yards per catch), Christian Kirk (10.8), and Pharoh Cooper (9.2) provide little beyond short routes under the defense. As a result, Murray simply doesn't boast much pass-game upside. Dating back to Week 3, he's averaged just 6.6 yards per attempt (221 per game), and he's gone touchdown-less 5 times. Luckily for the fantasy world, his volume is at least strong enough to carry his rushing production into QB1 relevance. It's just not wise to chase his receivers, who enter every matchup with low floors and ceilings. On paper, the Pittsburgh pass defense has been in top form here in 2019. They've allowed just 6.9 yards per attempt and 234 per game, and they haven't let an opponent reach 250 since Week 6. Still, it has to be noted that they've faced a dismal slate of opposing quarterbacks over that span. In fact, only a single one of the seven (Ryan Fitzpatrick) currently sits top-15 in QBR. Of course, the Steelers hold their own in those matchups, which can't be taken away. Outside cornerbacks Steven Nelson and Joe Haden have quietly made up one of 2019's most underrated pairs. And new free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick has been an All Pro-caliber playmaker. Their jobs are made even easier by a swarming pass rush that ranks second in pressure rate and third in sacks. It's fair to speculate on how this group would fare against a great passer, and they were indeed shredded early in the season by Tom Brady and Russell Wilson. But it's certainly a disruptive enough unit to harass a rookie into a bad day, locked into the slots and unable to open up down the field.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
10 at TB 70 27 44 324 3 1 3 38 0 0 31
11 at SF 69 24 33 150 2 0 8 67 1 0 28.2
13 vs LAR 64 19 34 163 0 1 4 28 1 0 15.95
14 vs PIT PROJ-Dodds * 22 35 * * * 7 * * * *
14 vs PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 22 35 * * * 6 * * * *
14 vs PIT PROJ-Bloom * 22 38 * * * 5 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Kyler Murray's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 13 vs LAR (19 / 34 / 163 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 28 / 1 rush)

Murray was stifled against the suddenly inspired Rams defense in the home blowout loss. The first half was marred by consistent sacks to end drives as quickly as they started, and Murray had four potential interceptions with only his pick-six iteration counting in the box score. One was negated by a penalty, another was dropped by a defender, and another overturned by a defensive pass interference via review. Murray did add a rushing touchdown, showing speed to the edge in an otherwise muted offensive showing for the Cardinals. The schedule remains salty with the Steelers and Browns the next two weeks.

2019 Week 11 vs SF (24 / 33 / 150 / 2 / 0 pass, 8 / 67 / 1 rush)

Murray showed well against division rival San Francisco for the second time in three weeks, logging zero turnovers and being an x-factor as a runner. Murray showed speed to the edge on his highlight run of the game to take a fourth quarter lead from distance. Murray also had a touchdown to Charles Clay called back by penalty and several defensive pass interference penalties siphoned from his tepid-looking box score tally. Murray, however, avoided mistakes, his calling card thus far through 10 games with just five interceptions and no fumbles lost on the season and no turnovers against the 49ers in two contests. Murray was stuffed on a goal line keeper as another opportunity to find the end zone.

2019 Week 10 vs TB (27 / 44 / 324 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 38 / 0 rush)

Kyler Murray rebounded from a sluggish start to rally a comeback where Arizona had the ball in the closing minutes down by a field goal. However, the deficit was largely his fault with a back-breaking interception with Arizona in scoring range minutes earlier and milking a lead. Murray missed two wide open early throws to Pharoh Cooper in the end zone and Keesean Johnson on third down to contribute to Arizona's slow start. Murray got hot, however, with perfect deep passes to Christian Kirk and a potential fourth touchdown to Maxx Williams on fourth down only to have the tight end lose the wide-open opportunity in the glaring sun. Murray added a big play on the ground, showing his speed on a keeper for nearly 30 yards.

2019 Week 9 vs SF (17 / 24 / 241 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 34 / 0 rush)

Murray saw his second-lowest passing volume of the season in the home loss against the 49ers. Partly due to the 49ers controlling the game and clock with extended drives and also the Cardinals found lightning in a bottle with Kenyan Drake as a trade acquisition earlier in the week and turning around for 19 touches. Murray avoided an interception for the fifth straight game, but did have two regrettable throws, one should have been an interception and the other was a high throw to Christian Kirk on third down. Murray also took two drive-killing sacks on third down. On the positive side, Murray rebounded from a mostly-silent first half to comeback from multiple touchdowns down in the second half. Murray threaded the needle on a high-level-of-difficulty deep crossing route to Andy Isabella into a tight window, fueling a long run-after-catch touchdown. Murray also got Arizona back into the game with a rollout touchdown to KeeSean Johnson with impeccable accuracy. The Buccaneers secondary offers an ideal matchup in Week 10 for Murray to have one of his better games of the season.

2019 Week 8 vs NO (19 / 33 / 220 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)

For the fourth time in five games Murray did not throw a touchdown pass, this time in a sound blowout loss in New Orleans. Murray, however, has done an outstanding job avoiding turnovers and this week was another feather in his cap in the category in addition to weathering the storm of a hostile road environment early in the game. Murray was without a rushing attack for much of the game plus Chase Edmonds was out with a hamstring injury and Zach Zenner was so new to the team Murray was consistently coaching Zenner between the play call and snap on assignments. Through the air, much of Murray's production came on a handful of chunk plays downfield, one a long flea-flicker design to Charles Clay on the opening drive. Murray is unfazed by the small windows of the NFL, consistently sticking passes into said windows over the middle and between defenders. Murray nearly had an interception on a deep ball towards Christian Kirk in double coverage. Murray also threw behind Larry Fitzgerald on a fourth-down slant in the fourth quarter when the game was still relatively in doubt. The 49ers offer Murray the stiffest test of the season to-date on a short-preparation week on Thursday night in Week 9.

2019 Week 7 vs NYG (14 / 21 / 104 / 0 / 0 pass, 10 / 28 / 0 rush)

Murray was not asked to do much in the road win against the Giants, throwing a career low 21 passes, but running at least 10 time for a third straight game. Murray made key throws amidst his 14 completions, including stick passes to Trent Sherfield on a fourth down crosser route and later Pharoh Cooper on a third down comeback. The weather turned ugly in the second half and Arizona turned more conservative as they controlled the game. Murray's lone clunky sequence came with a circling-in-the-pocket sack near Arizona's goal line and the following punt was blocked for a touchdown. The Saints next week offer a much more difficult assignment than the Cincinnati-Atlanta-Giants trio of recent weeks for Murray and the Arizona offense.

2019 Week 6 vs ATL (27 / 37 / 340 / 3 / 0 pass, 11 / 32 / 0 rush)

Murray's strong career start continued in Week 6 as Arizona produced more than 30 points against the suspect Falcons defense in the home win. Murray averaged more than nine yards-per-attempt and logged no turnovers in his best statistical game to-date. Christian Kirk missed the game, but Murray connected on a highlight deep sideline throw to Trent Sherfield for a huge gain in tight coverage plus a long bomb to Damiere Byrd through double coverage down to the goal line. Murray exploited the Falcons defense with David Johnson as a downfield weapon, including a fade touchdown, plus added a touchdown to a wide-open Maxx Williams on a tight end throwback play design. Murray was active in the run game, logging at least eight carries for the third time over the past four games. Murray converted a third-and-one sneak plus added two chunk runs, one in the red zone, for much of his rushing production. The Giants offer another strong matchup in Week 7 to continue his promising play.

2019 Week 5 vs CIN (20 / 32 / 253 / 0 / 0 pass, 10 / 93 / 1 rush)

Murray's rushing production has progressed well since the opening two games of the season when he was seemingly stapled to the pocket. Murray had a blend of read option, designed quarterback runs, and scrambles among his team-leading 93 rushing yards. Murray's touchdown on the ground was an impressive fourth down bootleg in the red zone, diving successfully for the pylon. Murray had four runs of at least 10 yards in the game while still being smart with avoiding big hits as a runner. Through the air Murray made two of his best throws to David Johnson downfield, dropping the ball in the bucket on the sideline late in the game and the other a perfect back shoulder to his running back for a chunk gain. With the Falcons struggling to stop opposing offenses, Arizona will have a matchup to continue their success in Week 6.

2019 Week 4 vs SEA (22 / 32 / 241 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 27 / 1 rush)

In the sound home defeat to the Seahawks, Murray struggled to comeback from an early deficit. Murray's flash moments were just that - moments - as consistency has eluded the Arizona passing game and their offense overall through four weeks. Murray's interception came at the hands of an athletic play by Jadaveon Clowney, snaring an intended screen pass and turning it into a pick-six touchdown. Murray's best plays used his mobility, like breaking a tackle in the pocket before delivering a strike to Trent Sherfield and eluding rushers before finding David Johnson over the middle for nearly 30 yards. Murray also added a well-designed red zone draw play for a touchdown, Arizona's lone end zone appearance on the day. Cincinnati's struggling defense offers a potential get well matchup in Week 5.

2019 Week 3 vs CAR (30 / 43 / 173 / 2 / 2 pass, 8 / 69 / 0 rush)

Murray threw at least 40 passes for the third straight game, this time out of necessity as Arizona trailed late. Arizona got off to a hot start with Murray's newly added mobility to the offensive structure, running for more yards in the first half than the previous two games combined. However, the offensive line become a significant issue against Carolina's defensive front, limiting the Arizona passing game more as the game progresses, especially in the second half. On the positive side, Murray was smart with his running, rarely absorbing a solid hit when scrambling or in a designed run concept. Murray had his moments as a passer, like a perfect deep ball to Christian Kirk (dropped) and a laser down the seam to Larry Fitzgerald. Murray's highlight touchdown came on a perfect throwback to David Johnson across the field as the running back had a runway to the end zone. Pressure was the theme of the second half and an interception down the sideline essentially ended Arizona's comeback effort. Before a potential' get well' game in Week 5 against Cincinnati, Arizona gets another significant test next week against Seattle.

2019 Week 2 vs BAL (25 / 40 / 349 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)

Murray performed well in Baltimore, avoiding game-altering mistakes and delivering a number of 'wow' throws in the face of the Ravens' defense. Murray's mobility has a been a complete secondary trait for a second straight week as the rookie stands in the pocket, making reads, and accuracy passes. The entire field is unlocked due to Murray's overt arm talent, including a deep corner route to Christian Kirk for more than 30 yards, a back-shoulder throw to Damiere Byrd, and an on-point deep sideline floater to a sliding Larry Fitzgerald for another long gain. The biggest negative against Baltimore was bogging down in the red zone and settling for short field goals. Also, with four minutes to play and down six points, Arizona squandered their final opportunity to drive the field with penalties and miscommunication. Murray is off to a promising career start and gets the reeling Panthers at home in Week 3 for a chance at his first NFL victory.

2019 Week 1 vs DET (29 / 54 / 308 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)

Murray's NFL debut was a tale of two games for the first overall pick. Arizona's offense showed no dazzling play design or creativity early and certainly no use of Murray's mobility to unlock the Cardinals offense. Murray's biggest mistake also came early in the game as the rookie floated a pass down the sideline when the play appeared over and time to throw the ball out of bounds and live to fight another down. Detroit promptly picked off the pass and build a strong lead. However, Murray and the Arizona offense came alive in comeback mode and Murray minimized mistakes from that point forward. Murray's arm talent unlocks tight windows and areas of the field few quarterbacks will trust. Murray's highlight throws included a deep seam pass to Larry Fitzgerald, again to Fitzgerald on a deep corner route, and a seam touchdown to David Johnson. Murray's mobility was not a huge factor in the game as he preferred to deliver from the pocket and extend plays when needed, not the typical pattern from an athletically gifted rookie signal caller. Murray will be tested to a much higher degree in Baltimore in Week 2.

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Cardinals | Kyler Murray struggles in loss (Sun Dec 1, 11:36 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray completed 19 of his 34 passes for 163 yards and an interception and rushed four times for 28 yards and a touchdown in a 34-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 13. He was also sacked six times.

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Cardinals | Kyler Murray officially active (Sun Dec 1, 02:42 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) is officially active for the team's Week 13 game.

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Cardinals | Kyler Murray to start (Sun Dec 1, 12:19 AM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) is listed as questionable to face the Los Angeles Rams in Week 13, but he is expected to start, according to a league source.

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Cardinals | Kyler Murray listed as questionable (Fri Nov 29, 07:07 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 29, but is listed as questionable for Week 13.

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Cardinals | Week 13 injury report for Arizona (Fri Nov 29, 05:26 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) and DL Jonathan Bullard (foot) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 29, but are listed as questionable for Week 13 versus the Los Angeles Rams. LB Terrell Suggs (non-injury) did not practice Friday but has been removed from the injury report. RB Chase Edmonds (hamstring), WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury), OL Lamont Gaillard (thumb), LB Chandler Jones (non-injury) and DL Corey Peters (non-injury) fully practiced Friday and also no longer appear on the injury report.

Our View: Murray should play but this is something to monitor, especially with respect to his ability to post rushing numbers as a scrambler.
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