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 Sep 9): For the first three quarters, Murray was getting a painful welcome to the NFL lesson, but his passing and the pace of the offense eventually got to the Lions. Baltimore on the road will be a stiff test this week, but Murray bailed out on A this week on the bonus questions.

General News (Mon Sep 9): threw 54 passes in his debut, according to the NFL Media Research Department. That's the second-most pass attempts in NFL history in a player's first career game. Sam Bradford threw 55 passes in his professional debut for the Rams against the Cardinals in 2010.

Week 2: at Baltimore Ravens

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FBG says: Bad matchup. In his NFL debut, top pick Kyler Murray posted a true mixed bag. There were definite deficiencies and poor decisions on display, with a handful of big-time plays mixed in that reminded onlookers of Murray's upside. The bad was indeed bad: Murray often looked lost in the NFL pocket, losing sight of defenders and making head-scratching throws. His lone interception, in particular, was a glaring rookie slip-up. But he settled down late and spearheaded an 18-point rally with his playmaking abilities. Murray eventually looked capable of making big downfield throws, connecting early and often with Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson, among others. His 27-yard touchdown strike to Johnson, who had gained just a half-step on his man at the goal line, was a sight to behold. Fitzgerald remains the team's steadiest receiver by far, and he opened with a fantastic performance from the slot. Given his bond with Murray, which was on display throughout the second half, his 8-111-1 line doesn't look farfetched going forward. The team hopes for more contribution from Christian Kirk and rookie KeeSean Johnson, who combined to catch just 9 of their 22 targets for 79 yards. Both drew plenty of Murray's attention Sunday, and both carry strong No. 2 traits for the NFL level. And everyone would benefit, of course, from elevated play upfront. With right tackle Marcus Gilbert on the shelf, Murray took 5 sacks on opening day. Gilbert is out for Week 2, and coach Kliff Kingsbury may need to shuffle his spot around a bit. Justin Murray looked badly outmatched and may not be a great fit in the Air Raid blocking scheme. It's probably not prudent to judge the Baltimore pass defense by its Week 1 performance. Facing the league's worst passing attack never provides much usable data. Still, it was encouraging to see this unit look every bit as dominant as it did in 2018. The pass rush swarmed Miami's makeshift line, forcing both their scattershot quarterbacks into awful days through the air. The Dolphins absorbed 14 hits and managed just 5.9 yards per attempt, with only 3 completions going for more than 13. Losing Terrell Suggs, Eric Weddle, and C.J. Mosley is impactful, of course. But new leaders, like Matt Judon and Earl Thomas, already look ready to step in. It is worth noting that cornerback Jimmy Smith will be lost for some time and that second-year replacement Anthony Averett struggled noticeably in his place Sunday. This secondary is loaded elsewhere, so he'll likely be the point of attack whenever possible for Kyler Murray.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 vs DET 89 29 54 308 2 1 3 13 0 0 23.7
2 at BAL 0 25 40 349 0 0 3 4 0 0 16.85
2 at BAL PROJ-Dodds * 24 39 * * * 4 * * * *
2 at BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 25 40 * * * 3 * * * *
2 at BAL PROJ-Bloom * 24 42 * * * 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 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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Footballguys Articles

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True Fantasy Points: 2019 Quarterback Projections
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Fantasy Roundtable: Kingsbury and Murray Cardinals
  Jason Wood - May 15
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  Matt Waldman - April 28
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Schedule

2@ Baltimore Ravens
3vs Carolina Panthers
4vs Seattle Seahawks
5@ Cincinnati Bengals
6vs Atlanta Falcons
7@ New York Giants
8@ New Orleans Saints
9vs San Francisco 49ers
10@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11@ San Francisco 49ers
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13vs Los Angeles Rams
14vs Pittsburgh Steelers
15vs Cleveland Browns
16@ Seattle Seahawks
17@ Los Angeles Rams