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Split Opinion On Kyler Murray's Worth Heading Into 2020

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray warms up before the 2019 season finale against the Los Angeles Rams.
QB Kyler Murray warms up before the 2019 season finale against the Rams.

Kyler Murray showed flashes of stardom as a rookie, and an uptick in consistency could get him to that level in 2020.

Will it happen? There is a split opinion nationally about Murray's second-year value.

The Athletic polled 50 coaches and evaluators who rated the Cardinals’ signal-caller as the 14th-best quarterback in the NFL, ahead of veterans like Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff and Jimmy Garoppolo. That jibes pretty closely with Murray's Total QBR as a rookie, where he finished No. 15 in the NFL.

ESPN's top-10 quarterbacks article had Murray rated similarly, as he finished outside that group but at No. 13 overall based on top-10 votes. The league's players also see a bright future, as Murray came in No. 90 in the NFL Network's Top 100 on Sunday.

However, Pro Football Focus is more pessimistic.

The analytical site was not as enthralled as the traditional scouting community about Murray's rookie season and put him at No. 29 in their quarterback rankings, behind Teddy Bridgewater, Drew Lock, Gardner Minshew, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and the Tyrod Taylor/Justin Herbert duo, among others.

The Cardinals' offense has a high ceiling this year, but for it to be reached, Murray will need to resemble the player the coaches and evaluators see, not the one PFF expects.

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