The Cardinals provided Murray with another proven wide receiver following the acquisition of DeAndre Hopkins from the Texans. Despite having few reliable WR options beyond Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk and an uneven ground game until the midseason addition of Kenyan Drake in 2019, Murray completed 64 percent of his passes en route to 3,722 yards (15th in the NFL), 20 touchdowns (21st) and 12 interceptions (tied for 11th) as a rookie. Murray also ripped off 544 yards at 5.8 YPC -- both good for second among QBs behind last year's MVP Lamar Jackson -- and added four more scores on the ground. It's safe to consider that stat line as Murray's floor, and the 22-year-old's ceiling has been boosted with Hopkins, a perennial 1,000-yard receiver who's averaged 1.1 20-plus-yard catches per game in seven pro seasons, on board.
Murray was voted AP Offensive Rookie of the Year on Saturday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Murray lived up to his billing as the first overall pick in the 2019 draft and has a bright future ahead of him after taking home this award. He's a premier asset in dynasty formats and will be on the radar in redraft leagues as well as he continues to mature as the Cardinals' starting quarterback.
Murray concluded his rookie season completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 3,722 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while turning 93 carries into 544 yards and four more TDs in 16 games. With such a stat line, Murray joined Cam Newton from 2011 as the only rookie signal-callers to surpass 3,500 yards through the air and 500 yards as a rusher. Murray also had eight contests with two or more passing touchdowns, five 300-yard performances and a streak of 211 passes in a row without an interception. The skill positions for the Cardinals may experience a change in 2020, as veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and midseason acquisition Kenyan Drake are unrestricted free agents. However, considering the foundation Murray has laid to kick off his career, he'll be trending up in advance of his sophomore season with coach Kliff Kingsbury at the controls of the offense.
Murray (arm) was able to return to Sunday's season finale against the Rams, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN reports. Murray couldn't guide his team to a comeback after returning in the fourth quarter, but he raised his passing total for the game to 324 yards, giving the rookie first overall pick 3,721 passing yards for the season.
Murray (arm) exited in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Rams and was replaced by Brett Hundley, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN reports. Murray completed 22 of 37 passes for 288 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions prior to exiting the game. Assuming he's done for the game, Murray will finish his rookie season with 3,685 passing yards and a 20:12 TD:INT. According to Weinfuss, doctors were checking out Murray's lower right arm after he exited the game.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||@San Francisco 49ers||15||18.00|
|5||10/11||@New York Jets||17||19.13|
|12||11/29||@New England Patriots||1||11.06|
|13||12/06||Los Angeles Rams||11||17.13|
|14||12/13||@New York Giants||29||23.88|
|16||12/27||San Francisco 49ers||15||18.00|
|17||01/03||@Los Angeles Rams||11||17.13|
|3 Year Avg||64.4||3722||20||12||544||4||324|