Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray

24-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Arizona Cardinals
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 yards from the previous year. He still finished QB10 in fantasy. Murray was excellent throwing downfield. His 59.5 on-target percentage and 47.3 completion percentage were both higher than 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. Murray is entering the final year of his rookie contract and reportedly at odds with the team over an extension. He also has to deal with losing wideouts Christian Kirk, who signed with Jacksonville, and, for six games, DeAndre Hopkins, who was suspended for performance-enhancing drugs. 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, and as long as he stays healthy a top-5 fantasy QB season is within reach. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $35.16 million contract with the Cardinals in May of 2019. Cardinals exercised $29.7 million team option for 2023 in April of 2022.
Expected to be present for minicamp
QBArizona Cardinals
May 23, 2022
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that he expects Murray to be present for mandatory minicamp, Tyler Dragon of USA Today reports.
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Murray currently isn't present for Arizona's voluntary OTAs, which started Monday. The quarterback remains away from the team as he seeks a contract extension after a tough end to last season. Arizona picked up the fifth-year option on Murray's rookie contract in April, but he's made it clear he's dissatisfied with his current contract situation, with Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reporting the quarterback could be unwilling to suit up for Week 1 without a new deal. Fowler's report and Kingsbury's comments appear to contradict each other, so whether Murray is present or not at Arizona's mandatory minicamp, which starts in mid-June, may go a long way in determining what the Cardinals' quarterback situation may look like heading into the regular season.
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How do Kyler Murray's 2021 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
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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
 
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Absent from start of OTAs
QBArizona Cardinals
May 23, 2022
Murray isn't present Monday for the start of Arizona's voluntary OTAs, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Affected by Hopkins' suspension
QBArizona Cardinals
May 4, 2022
Murray will be without DeAndre Hopkins to start the 2022 season after the NFL handed the wide receiver a six-game suspension Monday for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, The Athletic reports.
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Fifth-year option picked up
QBArizona Cardinals
April 27, 2022
The Cardinals exercised the fifth-year option on Murray's contract Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Unlikely to be dealt
QBArizona Cardinals
April 21, 2022
GM Steve Keim stated Thursday that there's "zero chance" the Cardinals trade Murray, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
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Seeks long-term deal
QBArizona Cardinals
March 1, 2022
In a statement Monday, Murray's agent, Erik Burkhardt, relayed that the QB wishes to remain with the Cardinals long term, ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reports.
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