Kyler murray continues to have one of the best rookie seasons for a quarterback in NFL history, which has gone largely unnoticed because the Arizona Cardinals are in last place in a talented NFC West and faded into oblivion as the playoff races heat up. Still, that doesn’t take away from the gem the Cardinals were able to unearth with Murray as the first overall pick, finding their franchise quarterback as the offense improved throughout the season.
Murray had another impressive performance in Sunday’s 38-24 victory over the Cleveland browns, completing 19 of 25 passes (76%) for 219 yards with one touchdown and one interception for a 98.6 passer rating. He also had eight carries for 56 yards. While Murray has just three touchdowns and five interceptions in his last three games, the Cardinals quarterback made history in victory.
Murray became just the third rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for 3,000 yards and run 500 yards in a season. Cam Newton (2011) and Robert griffin iii (2012) are the only other quarters to have achieved the feat. Newton and Griffin III were both named Rookie of the Year, which Murray is on track to accomplish.
In 14 games, Murray completed 64.7% of his passes for 3,279 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a score of 87.5, despite being sacked 46 times, a league-high. Murray also has 85 carries for 504 yards and four touchdowns.
Griffin completed 65.6% of his passes for 3,200 yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions for a 102.4 passer rating and had 120 carries for 815 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012. He led the NFL with 6, 8 yards per carry. Newton completed 60% of his passes for 4,051 yards, 21 touchdowns and 17 interceptions for a rating of 84.5 in 2011. He also had 126 carries for 706 yards and 14 touchdowns, the most for a quarterback. in one season.
Murray removed any doubts about his ability to be a successful quarterback in the NFL, turning an attack that ranked last in the NFL in points (14.1) and yards (241.6) in 18th in points (22.1) and 24th in yards (333.0). The Cardinals have a franchise quarterback at Murray; the next step is to put the talent around it so that the team can earn more wins.