QB Kyler Murray - Arizona Cardinals
|5-10, 207||Born: 8-7-1997||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2019|
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General News (Mon Jan 27): finished the 2019 season with 3,722 passing yards, 544 rushing yards, 24 total touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, joining Cam Newton as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for at least 3,500 yards and rush for at least 500 yards.
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Kyler Murray's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 17 vs LAR (26 / 42 / 325 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Murray was hampered by a hamstring injury entering the game and his mobility was a non-factor against the Rams. Murray logged two interceptions, one on a tipped pass, and could have had a third as he was late on a sideline route. Murray flashed with multiple perfect deep passes, which has been a calling card of his successful rookie season with two long throws to Damiere Byrd and two others down the seam to Dan Arnold. Murray had a fumbled snap, but it was hardly his fault as he moved up to the line of scrimmage to adjust the play or protection as the center prematurely fired the snap in Murray's direction.
2019 Week 16 vs SEA (11 / 18 / 118 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 40 / 0 rush)
Murray played the first half before a hamstring injury put him to the sideline for the rest of the game. Murray was impactful as a runner with a throwback from Pharoh Cooper for a rush of more than 15 yards and a scramble for a chunk gain and later a flip to Larry Fitzgerald for a red zone touchdown among his highlight moments. The downfield passing game eluded the Cardinals (and Murray) overall and Murray nearly had a second score with a highlight back-shoulder goal line touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald, but the play was questionably overturned by booth review.
2019 Week 15 vs CLE (19 / 25 / 219 / 1 / 1 pass, 8 / 56 / 0 rush)
Murray played a clean game in the win over Cleveland outside of a single floating interception in the first half. Murray's mobility was a key aspect to Arizona's offense, including gutting the defense with his speed on a read option keeper for 35 yards and later a third-down keeper in the red zone. Murray did not need much through the air, but did log impressive throws to Dan Arnold in the end zone for his lone score, a rollout strike to Larry Fitzgerald while rolling left, and a deep comeback to Damiere Byrd to the far side of the field with ease.
2019 Week 14 vs PIT (20 / 30 / 194 / 2 / 3 pass, 6 / 2 / 0 rush)
Murray had a clunky game against the Steelers, with consistent pocket pressure and largely failing to impact the game with his mobility. Four separate drives were ended due to sacks and Murray had an uncharacteristic poor decision outside the pocket on one of his career-high three interceptions. Murray rolled out on fourth down in the red zone, with a clear running lane to convert in front of him but forced the ball into double coverage instead and the end zone interception. Murray did show signs of life in the comeback effort with a laser deep sideline touchdown to David Johnson over the outstretched hands of an oncoming safety, but a potential game-winning drive was thwarted by pressure and a hail mary-like interception in the final minute.
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.
Latest NewsCardinals | Kyler Murray in rare company (Sat Jan 25, 09:18 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray finished the 2019 season with 3,722 passing yards, 544 rushing yards, 24 total touchdowns and 12 interceptions, joining Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for at least 3,500 yards and rush for at least 500 yards. Our View: Murray is off to a great start in the NFL...now the Cardinals just need to build a better team around him. It's clear the rookie was in command of his offense and that comfort level in the pros should continue this year. Murray finished as the No.9 fantasy quarterback in standard scoring leagues as a rookie. He's a clear QB1 for Fantasy GMs and could finish 2020 as a top-10 fantasy quarterback once again.
link to story Cardinals | Kyler Murray hasn't closed door to baseball (Sat Jan 18, 07:04 AM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray hasn't necessarily given up on playing the sport of baseball. In an interview with The Arizona Republic's Bob McManaman, Murray said that he thinks that he would be capable of playing in the NFL and MLB in the same calendar year. 'I think I could. ... Athletically, I think yeah, I could do it. I've been playing both my whole life. I would love to add that to the resume.' Our View: That's an...interesting...response from Murray who was a top-10 pick for the Oakland A's. Murray is not prohibited from playing baseball by the Cardinals but doing so would void future guarantees in his contract.
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