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On Kyler Running, And The Sprint Against The Colts

Quarterback's rushing totals significantly down in 2021, by design

Kyler Murray found a gap and took off, and that's something the quarterback can do well when he has the space -- he certainly has the speed and quickness.

Murray raced 57 yards on the run against the Colts, the longest of his NFL career.

"It's been a long time since I've been able to do that, so to be able to get out and run was fun," Murray said. "I wish I would have scored, but it was good to get out there, break a run, (to) see I could still do it."

There was a time last season when it seemed possible Murray would rush for 1,000 yards. His late-season injuries took care of that hope. This season, yes, Murray missed three games, putting a dent in his rushing totals. But realistically, the emergence of James Conner in the backfield -- along with what Chase Edmonds already did -- combined with Murray's desire to be a throw-first QB has significantly shaved down his rushing numbers.

The 57-yard run against the Colts by itself was more rushing yardage than Murray has had in nine of the previous 11 games he had played this season. Only against the Bears (59) and home game against the Rams (61) did Murray outgain that single rush. In seven games this season, Murray has 21 yards rushing or less.

His totals in 12 games? He has 344 yards on 74 carries, a career-low 4.6 yards a rush, and well behind last year's numbers of 819 and 6.2. With the offense struggling to find its early-season mojo, it'll be interesting to see if Murray's legs become a bigger component for the balance of the season.

QB Kyler Murray takes off on a 57-yard run in a 2021 home game against the Colts

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