by Ray Kuhn
Potential, tools, a talented supporting cast and experience… As he enters his second professional season, Kyler Murray has all of that. With that being said, should it really be a surprise that he is currently the third quarterback coming off the board in early drafts this season with an ADP of 44? And is Murray worth the commitment at that price?
If you take a look at the top seven quarterbacks they all have something in common, the ability to run. Last season Murray gained 544 yards while finding the end zone four times, which proved to be a nice complement to his passing production.
While there was some adjustments necessary, after all Murray was a rookie quarterback, the overall body of work set him up nicely for the encore performance. He completed a solid 64.2% of his passes for 3,722 yards, 20 TD and 12 INT, with five games of more than 300 passing yards.
David Johnson now calls Houston home but with a full season of Kenyan Drake in the backfield, along with Chase Edmonds as a complementary piece, means that Murray will have the support of a strong running game. When we get to the passing game, that is when things are really looking up. The ever dependable Larry Fitzgerald will still be there along with the ascending Christian Kirk, but it’s the result of the Johnson trade (DeAndre Hopkins) that will really put things over the top.
Last year Murray’s sack rate of 8.1% and average target depth of 7.6 yards weren’t exactly favorable, but with greater experience both of those metrics should improve in 2020. Of course we don’t have too much in the way of proof when it comes to that, but Murray was relatively consistent on a weekly basis and it only seems natural that he would take things to the next level this coming year. There won’t be any adjustments necessary as he returns to the Cardinals in 2020, though we have to account for an abridged off-season program.
Even with that being said, it’s hard to argue with Murray’s success last season, his running ability and the addition of Hopkins this off-season.
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