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Cardinals QB Kyler Murray named to PFWA All-Rookie team

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team on Tuesday.

Murray put together a solid rookie season as the Cardinals’ starter from Day 1, completing 349 of his 542 passing attempts (64.3%) for 3,722 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He boasted an 87.4 QBR, while also rushing for 544 yards and four scores on 93 carries.

His performance catapulted Murray among the top rookie performers of the 2019-20 season, but was edged out by Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs for the PFWA’s 2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Jacobs is just the second Raider to earn the honors, as only Marcus Allen won the award back in 1982. The RB rushed for 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns on 242 carries, pacing all rookie rushers.

While Murray didn’t take home the hardware, another NFC West rook did.

Winning both the 2019 Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year was San Francisco defensive end Nick Bosa. The DE is the first 49er to win PFWA’s Rookie of the Year and fifth to earn PFWA’s Defensive Rookie of the Year honors after making 47 tackles, 9.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in the regular season.

In addition to Murray’ selection, Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones was named to the PFWA’s All-NFL Team on Monday.

Here’s a look at the rest of the All-Rookie team as voted on by the nation’s NFL writers:

2019 PFWA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Offense

QB – Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals

RB – Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders; Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles

WR – A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans; Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins

TE – Noah Fant, Denver Broncos

C – Erik McCoy, New Orleans Saints

G – Elgton Jenkins, Green Bay Packers; Dalton Risner, Denver Broncos

T – Tytus Howard, Houston Texans; Jawaan Taylor, Jacksonville Jaguars

Defense

DL – Josh Allen, Jacksonville Jaguars; Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers; Dexter Lawrence, New York Giants; Ed Oliver, Buffalo Bills

LB – Devin Bush, Pittsburgh Steelers; Dre Greenlaw, San Francisco 49ers; Devin White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

CB – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, New Orleans Saints; Sean Murphy-Bunting, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

S – Darnell Savage, Green Bay Packers; Juan Thornhill, Kansas City Chiefs

Special Teams

PK – Austin Seibert, Cleveland Browns

P – Jamie Gillan, Cleveland Browns

KR – Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs

PR – Deonte Harris, New Orleans Saints

ST – Drue Tranquill, Los Angeles Chargers


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