Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray

25-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Arizona Cardinals
Questionable
Injury Wrist
Est. Return 8/21/2022
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Murray took another step forward with his passing last season, setting career highs in on-target percentage (76.3), completion percentage (69.2) and YPA (7.9), each of which ranked top 6 in the league. His counting numbers suffered, though, because he missed three games with an ankle injury, and his rushing yards dropped by nearly 400 from the previous year. He still finished QB10 in fantasy, as only three quarterbacks scored more points per game. Murray was especially good throwing downfield last year. His 59.5 on-target percentage and 47.3 completion percentage were both highest of any QB with at least 50 attempts of 20-plus yards. Weekly consistency was more difficult, as Murray had one or fewer TD passes in eight of his 15 games, including a wild-card loss. After the disappointing finish to last season, Murray was entering the final year of his rookie contract, but the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft landed a massive extension with the Cardinals in advance of training camp. As the coming campaign approaches, he'll have to deal with losing wideout Christian Kirk, who signed with Jacksonville, and, for six games, DeAndre Hopkins, who was suspended for PEDs. The Cardinals traded for WR Marquise Brown on draft day, and TE Zach Ertz, who thrived with Murray after being acquired midseason last year, returns. James Conner returns as well, though he stole some goal-line scores from Murray last year with 15 rushing TDs. Murray certainly faces questions entering camp, but he's still one of the league's best dual-threat quarterbacks, which means a top-5 fantasy season is within reach. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $230.5 million contract with the Cardinals in July of 2022.
Dealing with minor wrist soreness
QBArizona Cardinals
Wrist
August 9, 2022
Murray's practice participation has been limited due to a sore wrist recently, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Coach Kliff Kingsbury downplayed the issue, saying it's essentially maintenance rather than a real injury. Murray isn't likely to play in Friday's preseason opener against Cincinnati, though that presumably would've been the case even if his wrist wasn't sore.
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  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
14.7%
 
Avg Target Depth
7.9 Yds
 
Sack Rate
6.0%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
5.6 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
2.7%
 
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Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
207 lbs
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
28.50 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2020
2019
After an impressive rookie season, Murray was even better last year. He improved his completion percentage, on-target percentage, YPA and aDOT, finishing QB3 in fantasy scoring in essentially 15 games because he was injured on the first drive of Week 17. Murray is one of the best running QBs in the game, providing tremendous fantasy potential. His 11 rushing TDs last year tied for fourth most all-time by a QB. Nine of those came in the red zone, where he converted a league-high 37.5 percent of his carries into scores (min. 15 rushes). The dual-threat Murray became just the third QB in NFL history with multiple seasons of 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards, joining Cam Newton and Russell Wilson. The arrival of DeAndre Hopkins gave Murray a dependable big-play receiver he didn't have in Year 1, as the two connected on a league-leading six pass plays of 40-plus yards. But Murray still didn't go downfield much more than he did in 2019 — 12.4 percent, a healthy rate, yet he had nearly the same rate of attempts within five yards of the line of scrimmage (54.5 percent), again foregoing intermediate throws (16.8 percent, 30th). If coach Kliff Kingsbury finally turns his strong arm loose, Murray's passing numbers could take a leap, which would help offset expected regression in his rushing TDs. The Cardinals added James Conner to a backfield with Chase Edmonds, both of whom are competent receivers, but the additions to the WR group are questions — 33-year-old A.J. Green and second-round pick Rondale Moore, an undersized (5-7) speed freak (4.31 40). Murray's rushing makes him a safe fantasy investment, and with room to grow in the passing game, he has the upside to improve on last year's fantasy ranking.
Murray was the runaway Offensive Rookie of the Year last season, becoming the sixth player in NFL history — and second rookie after Cam Newton in 2011 — to surpass 3,500 passing yards and 500 rushing yards. The 2019 first overall pick was the starter from the beginning and didn't seem to be held back by his 5-10 stature. Murray's dual-threat ability helped him finish QB8 in fantasy scoring, as he was second to Lamar Jackson in rushing yards (544) and YPC (5.9) by a quarterback. He also showed mature decision-making, setting an NFL rookie record with 211 consecutive attempts without an interception. Murray's arm proved as strong as advertised too. On attempts longer than 20 yards, he ranked third in the league in both completion percentage (42.6) and YPA (15.5). But the Cardinals didn't regularly try to stretch the field, perhaps due to a lack of weapons. Murray's average depth of target ranked 27th at 7.6 yards, and 55.9 percent of his attempts were no longer than five yards (6th), with a league-high 178 of those targets going to wide receivers. That should change this season with the trade for All-Pro wideout DeAndre Hopkins, who figures to transform the offense. Larry Fitzgerald gives Murray another set of sure hands, and a healthy Christian Kirk should contribute more than he did last season. Plus, Kenyan Drake is a solid receiving threat out of the backfield after the Cardinals dumped David Johnson in the Hopkins deal. How good can Murray be? Well, if he goes 3,500/500 again, he'd be just the third to do it more than once, after the aforementioned Newton and Russell Wilson.
The Cardinals are all in on Kyler Murray. They made the Heisman Trophy winner this year's top draft pick and already named him the starter. New coach Kliff Kingsbury said he'll tailor his air raid offense around Murray, who shouldn't face too steep of a learning curve after he excelled in Oklahoma's spread attack, joining Deshaun Watson as the only quarterbacks in FBS history with 4,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season. Murray has a strong arm, quick release and first-rate elusiveness - he was sacked on just 4.5 percent of his dropbacks last season. Height is his only issue, but it's a big one. At 5-10 1/8, he's the shortest quarterback drafted in the first round since 1953. He's also shorter than Russell Wilson, who despite all his success has trouble seeing over linemen at times. The Cardinals are betting that, like Wilson, Murray can overcome it with exceptional athleticism - he was picked ninth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft - and instinctive playmaking skills. He'll be surrounded by physically gifted receivers with spread-offense experience. Second-round pick Andy Isabella ran a 4.31 40 at the combine, and Christian Kirk played in the air raid at Texas Tech. Murray also has Larry Fitzgerald working the slot and an excellent receiver out of the backfield in David Johnson. The biggest question is how well the air raid offense will work in the NFL.
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Practicing Saturday
QBArizona Cardinals
August 6, 2022
Murray (illness) will participate in Saturday's practice, although the expectation is that he'll be eased back into the majority of the team drills, Taylor Bisciotti of NFL Network reports.
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Has chance to practice Saturday
QBArizona Cardinals
Illness
August 5, 2022
Coach Kliff Kingsbury noted Friday that he hopes Murray (illness) will be able to participate in Saturday's Red/White practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
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Could return to practice soon
QBArizona Cardinals
Illness
August 2, 2022
Murray (illness) is "feeling better" according to coach Kliff Kingsbury and could return to practice by the end of the week, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
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Tests positive for COVID
QBArizona Cardinals
Illness
August 1, 2022
Murray has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss at least five days of practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
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Lands five-year extension
QBArizona Cardinals
July 21, 2022
Murray signed a five-year contract extension with the Cardinals on Thursday.
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