Kyler Murray wins offensive rookie of the year

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Kyler Murray won the Heisman in December 2018. He went No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft in April 2019. He won offensive rookie of the year on Saturday night.

The Cardinals quarterback was honored with the award by beating out Titans receiver A.J. Brown, Eagles running back Miles Sanders and Raiders running back Josh Jacobs.

Murray received 26 1/2 votes to 13 for Jacobs, 9 1/2 for Brown and one for Sanders.

Jacobs and Murray appeared neck and neck for the award until the running back missed three of the final four games of the year with a shoulder injury.

Murray threw for 3,722 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 64.4 percent of his passes and making all 16 starts during his rookie season.

He also ran for 544 yards and four touchdowns to become the second rookie to throw for at least 3,500 yards while running for at least 500 yards.

29 responses to “Kyler Murray wins offensive rookie of the year

  1. Josh Jacobs robbed. Not sure how anyone who actually watched them play could vote KM over JJ. Whatever

  2. With all due respect to Josh Jacobs…

    He is a Running back. And while Josh Jacob’s had a very good year.. Rookies put up seasons like him every season as it’s an instant impact position for numbers. Phillip Lindsey and Nick Chubb did it last season alone…and I’m not even mentioning Saquon Barkley who completley decimated what Jacob’s did.

    Murray was impressive beyond his numbers… which were still very good. The Arizona Cardinals were without question one of the worst offensive teams of modern NFL in 2018. They weren’t just bad…they were epic bad.

    And the 2019 version… they basically just added Murray and Kingsbury and got worlds better.

    He had a very. Very very good season.

  3. I remember all the computer warriors saying how awful Murray was going to be. Go eat crow!!! Murray OROY!!

  4. I’m not surprised. Kyler Murray deserved to win OROY as he was flatout special as a rookie despite playing on a team without a lot of talent while playing a very tough schedule in the hardest division in football and he still managed to play at a very very high level for a rookie 1st year QB keeping his team in every game against much better teams a lot of the time while beating some very good teams.

    Murray also broke several league records as a rookie and did things as a rookie only a few other very special QB’s behind him had. 1st QB since Andrew Luck in 2012 to post 7 different games with a QB passer rating above 90+ 7 different times, set the rookie record for pass thrown without an interception throwing 211, Murray’s 5 games with 300+ YDs passing ranks 2nd in NFL History with only Andrew Luck posting more, Kyler Murray is just the 2nd QB in NFL History to throw for more than 3500+YDs & rush for 500+ YDs w/ Cam Newton being the other one and Murray set several team records as a rookie. Murray finished the season with 3700+ passing yards 20TDs/12INT’s & 550 rushing yards w/ 4TDs w/ an 87.9 passer rating and ranked 14th in ESPN’s QBR Rankings w/ a QBR of 55.8 which was higher than several big name QB’s like Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Jared Goff, Baker Mayfield, Phillip Rivers, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen etc. Murray also was the only NFL QB to post a passer rating of 100+ against SF & he did it not once but twice posting a passer rating of 100+ in both games posting a passer rating of 130.7 in the first game and 101.8 in the 2nd game, if AZ’s defense was just average AZ would of won both of those games thanks in large part to Kyler Murray and that’s a super bowl caliber defense he tore up as a rookie completing 71.7% of his passes in those 2 games for over 400+YDs w/ 4TDs a passer rating of 116.2 & 101YDs/1TD AVG 7.7 YPC rushing over both games on average.

    Arizona has their QB of the future going forward now they just have to build around him and go get him a few more weapons and a defense and they can get something very special going in the desert.

  5. otto00 says:
    February 1, 2020 at 5:36 pm
    Josh Jacobs robbed. Not sure how anyone who actually watched them play could vote KM over JJ. Whatever
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    How was Josh Jacobs robbed? He’s a RB, he has one job. Kyler Murray is a QB and has to run the entire offense, Murray rushed for half the yards Jacobs did and Murray’s a QB with Murray throwing for 3700+YDs Completing 65% of his passes with 20TDs to 12INTs while rushing for 550YDs & 4 more TDs AVG 5.8 YPC and Murray did that while playing in the toughest division in football and one of the toughest schedules in the league last year playing a who’s who murderers row of NFL Defenses and still managed to keep his team in pretty much every game while beating some very good teams & getting better n better with each game despite not having a lot of talent around him while having the inferior roster pretty much every week. That’s extremely hard to do for a QB with a roster that’s inferior to the opponents almost every week especially for a rookie QB yet Murray did. Lets not forget Murray took over an offense that was historically bad last year as it was the worst offense since 1992 and Murray took it over and not only had success but immediately made them a far far far better offense.

  6. I’m not surprised murray won. I AM surprised sanders only got one vote compared to Jacob’s 13 votes. Sanders had 1,327 total yards on 229 touches compared to 1,316 yards on 262 touches for jacobs. Sanders had more yards on 33 fewer touches and only 1 less TD. I bet sanders took a hit because he was a backup for about half the season but that shouldnt even matter if he was still more productive. Both are good young players, but I just think sanders was overlooked.

  7. I think the voters are treating it like a value-based award. Arizona’s roster is pretty bad, without Murray they might have gone 1-15 again. If it was purely about skill, I think AJ Brown or Jacobs would have won it.

  8. pooman420 says:
    February 1, 2020 at 7:17 pm
    I think the voters are treating it like a value-based award. Arizona’s roster is pretty bad, without Murray they might have gone 1-15 again. If it was purely about skill, I think AJ Brown or Jacobs would have won it
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    Why would these awards ever be about skill?? Maybe I’m misunderstanding you, but to me, skill just seems like their athleticism and what they’re capable of. Its seems like awards are mostly about production and sometimes they consider how deep they take their team. But production is the key and Murray produced as a rookie.

  9. All of these offensive rookies were excellent. QB is definitely the more difficult position to learn, especially when you are on an awful team. I think Murray deserved it. He’s got quite the arm on him.

  10. The voters love them some OU quarterbacks. All they do is collect large checks and win few games.

  11. February 1, 2020 at 8:10 pm
    League needs to separate QBs from other awards. Just have rookie QB of the year and all around QB of the year then make MVP anyone other than a QB
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    So what happens if there are zero rookie qbs playing? Or maybe one? Do you honestly think they would deserve an award if they’re the only nominee?

  12. pooman420 says:
    February 1, 2020 at 7:17 pm
    I think the voters are treating it like a value-based award. Arizona’s roster is pretty bad, without Murray they might have gone 1-15 again.
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    Arizona didn’t go 1-15 in 2018. They went 3-13, beating the Niners twice

  13. QB bias + recency bias + anti-Raider bias + draft status bias was a lot to overcome for Jacobs. Murray obviously has some skills and a lot of potential, but he was not an elite player at his position this season like Jacobs was.

  14. And not only did miles sanders have more total yards than Jacob’s, but at the end of the season, Jacob’s was on the bench nursing his injury while sanders helped carry his team to the playoffs. Production-wise, they were pretty even, but sanders was a big part of philly’s playoff push.

  15. bird2urmother says:
    February 1, 2020 at 10:47 pm
    but at the end of the season, Jacob’s was on the bench nursing his injury
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    You do realize Josh Jacobs got injured in week 7 and still dominated playing with the injury. Prior to the injury he was avg. 5.2 yards a carry which led the entire NFL for all RB’s that finished above 800 total yards.

  16. Proves how worthless these awards have become…murret hurtay will get hurt, sooner than later…over rated I guess…

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