Second-year quarterback Kyler Murray has quickly become one of the league’s most exciting players to watch. Murray has put a bright future ahead of the Arizona Cardinals behind his tantalizing play. It has also helped Murray etch himself in NFL history along Cam Newton for a rare feat.
Kyler Murray’s strong start to his NFL career
Before Kyler Murray entered the NFL, there were questions about his commitment to his craft.
Murray erased those doubts behind his stellar play that helped him earn the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. The 23-year-old put his dual-threat ability on display as the Cardinals’ offensive centerpiece. He broke numerous franchise records in his first year, which include most passing yards (3,722), passing touchdowns (20), and rushing yards (544).
He has added to that success in his second year as he has continued to prove to be a game-changing offensive factor. He has thrown a touchdown passes in each game this season and recorded a rushing touchdown all but once this year. The Cardinals have become a dynamic team with Murray leading the charge that could be in the playoff mix for many years to come.
His success in his second campaign has also helped him reach a mark that puts him alongside Cam Newton in NFL history.
Kyler Murray joins Cam Newton on an exclusive list
Kyler Murray has gotten off to an impressive start to his NFL career that has he has shown to be a dual-threat option.
The former Heisman Trophy winner has demonstrated tremendous playmaking with both his arm and legs. The Oklahoma product has now added another impressive feat to his brief NFL resume.
In the first half against the New York Jets, his rushing touchdown put him alongside Cam Newton and Kordell Stewart as the only players with at least five passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns in his team’s first five games of a season.
It’s exemplary of Murray taking another step forward with his effectiveness as a runner, proving to be a more dynamic goal-line option with his legs. What is also remarkable about that feat is that it’s something that Newton accomplished in his rookie campaign. Although the former league MVP has a more physical style to his rushing touchdowns, Murray has shown to be effective with his running style.
All that just further underlines the bright future ahead of the 23-year-old with the Cardinals.
Bright future ahead in Arizona
The Cardinals have every reason to be excited about the future ahead of their rising star quarterback.
Kyler Murray has continued to show growth in his game with his decision-making and dual-threat ability. He is the focus of the offense full of talent around him, headlined by star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Murray has quickly established some strong chemistry with Hopkins enough to hammer out a two-year, $54.5 million extension.
However, the questions in Arizona remain with their defense that has struggled over the last two years. They have been among the worst units in the league. The Cardinals also have the challenge of playing in arguably the NFL’s best division. That alone will pose formidable challenges to contend for the playoffs, let alone competing for an NFC West title.
Even with those factors in play, Murray gives Arizona the optimism to believe the franchise has something special to build around for years to come.