Kyler Murray takes big step in Year 3, with passing numbers up across the board

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Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray showed plenty of promise in 2019 and 2020. But in 2021, Murray has far exceeded his previous play and established himself as one of the best passers in the NFL.

Murray is leading the league with a 73.5 percent completion rate, a major increase from his 67.2 percent completion rate last year.

And that’s not all. Murray is throwing touchdowns on 7.6 percent of his passes, up from 4.7 percent last year. He has first downs on 41 percent of his passes, up from 37 percent last year. He averages 9.0 yards per pass this year, up from 7.1 percent last year. He averages 286 yards per game this year, up from 248 yards per game last year.

With the 7-0 Cardinals the only undefeated team in the NFL, Murray is one of the favorites to win the league’s Most Valuable Player award. He’s earning that status.

8 responses to “Kyler Murray takes big step in Year 3, with passing numbers up across the board

  1. who said a 5’4 QB couldnt play. The man is playing lights out this year. Expect the Cards to demolish the Packers tonight.

  2. File this away in your memory banks, because this has been happening for as long as I can remember. You can’t start evaluating young QB’s right out of the gate. Let them settle in for a while and figure out what the defensive coordinators are trying to do to defend them. Smart QB’s can learn a new offense in a week or two, but it takes a while to figure out the defenses. Also, if a new QB comes in with a new coach, the entire offense is having to learn everything from scratch. That’s much different from a QB being in the huddle with ten guys that already know their assignments Much. much different. Now, this doesn’t mean that the next 5’9 QB is going to turn out great. Murray is an exception. He has a unique skill set.

  3. He’s been great this year. Kingsbury was right when that was the player he identified as his franchise player walking through the door. That certainly wasn’t the consensus. I remember many saying that he was worse than the top three prospects the year before (Mayfield, Darnold, and Rosen). Oops. Even further than that, the other two guys from that draft have been head and shoulders better than the first three touted. Guess the pundits don’t know what they’re talking about again.

  4. Remember all those experts who said he was too short to play in the NFL? I seemed to remember Mel Kiper saying the same thing about Russell Wilson and almost at which point Chucky went ballistic. It seems Chucky was right too.

  5. People forget that Kyler Murray isnt ordinary…

    He was too short to play in High School, and won the Gatorade player of the year…

    He was too short to play in college and won the Heisman trophy…

    He was/is currently too short to play in the NFL and has already won the ROY, and working on an MVP…

    Maybe, he has figured out how to play a big man’s game at his size ???

  6. Kyler is much better than Baker Mayfield but Baker has more commercials. Make that make sense.

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