It didn’t take long for Kyler Murray to prove that he’s one of the game’s brightest young stars. The Arizona Cardinals quarterback put forth an impressive rookie campaign with many ravings about what could lie ahead. That has also drawn some comparisons to a current all-time great at Murray’s position that many see the similarities between their respective games. It has seen one rival executive echo that sentiment about his promising future.
Kyler Murray’s Rookie NFL Season
The bar for expectations was set high for Kyler Murray, heading into his rookie year after becoming the first overall pick.
The Cardinals may have had difficulty finding success, but Murray was a definite bright spot. He passed for 3,722 yards on a 64.4% completion rate with 20 touchdowns to 12 interceptions with 544 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Murray improved as the season rolled along as he had eight games with multiple touchdown passes, while he led the league with 1,554 passing yards in no-huddle situations
All that help guide him to earn the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award has further elevated his status as one of the game’s promising stars. That has led many to peg him to put forth a career that could rival a future Hall of Famer.
Kyler Murray could have similar career path to Hall of Famer
With his rookie campaign behind him, Kyler Murray has enamored many around the league to feel that he has a bright future.
That includes San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York to voice that he believes that Murray has much in his game that reminds him of what Russell Wilson can do on the field, according to Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group.
“Is there a better division from top to bottom in the NFL? You’ve got a young quarterback [Kyler Murray] who reminds you a lot of Russ [Wilson] and things he can do to make plays from anywhere on the field.”
That is certainly high praise as Wilson is regarded as one of the game’s best quarterbacks. He has molded himself into an elite talent over the years with a similar skillset to Murray. Beyond the physical similarities, the two are mobile quarterbacks that are strong decision-makers with the ball. Wilson has become the definition of the franchise cornerstone at the position while consistently putting his team in the playoffs and himself in the MVP conversation.
If Murray can reach that level of play in his career, the Cardinals are headed toward much success over the long haul.
Kyler Murray has bright future ahead
Although the Cardinals struggled to succeed in the 2019 season, Kyler Murray certainly proved to be the real deal.
Murray has the physical tools to be a game-changing factor under center with an offense that could become one of the best in the league. He will only continue to improve as a passer while his ability to make plays with his legs provides him another dangerous asset to his game. The Cardinals gave him another bonafide weapon, one of the best wide receivers in the game in DeAndre Hopkins to pair alongside future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals may have found their long-term solution in the backfield with Kenyan Drake taking up the primary duties. The pieces are in place for Murray to take his game to the next level to put together a career that could rival what Russell Wilson has set forth. He could be the guiding piece that finally pushes Arizona in relevancy in the NFL for over the next decade-plus.