The Facts: The last two league MVPs have been quarterbacks in their second NFL seasons. Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury would love to see Murray make it three in a row in 2020. “I knew that his skill set was through the roof, but he blew me away in different aspects. His leadership qualities, his approach to the game, is such a difficult thing for these guys to be the face of the franchise at 22. I’m hoping that during year two he can take a big leap like Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson,” Kingsbury said.
Diehards Line:That kind of big leap is a tall order, but Murray showed a lot of promise in Year 1. Murray became the first former Heisman trophy winner selected first overall to win Offensive Rookie of the Year honors since Cam Newton in 2011. Murray also joined Newton as the only QBs with 3,500-plus pass yards and 500-plus rush yards in their rookie seasons in NFL history. Murray led all rookies in completions (349) and passing yards (3,722) this season. His 349 completions were the third-most by a rookie in NFL history (only Carson Wentz -- 379 in 2016 -- and Sam Bradford -- 354 in 2010 -- had more). Murray finished with a 64.4 percent completion percentage, 6.9 yards per attempt, 20 touchdowns to 12 interceptions, and an 87.4 passer rating in 16 starts, despite battling a hamstring injury down the stretch of the season. He also added 544 rushing yards and four running scores with two lost fumbles. The Cardinals -- and the rest of us -- are eager to see how he puts it all together in Year 2.