ARIZONA CARDINALS

Cardinals’ Kyler Murray among top 5 QBs in multiple PFF passing metrics

Jun 26, 2022, 6:45 AM
Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray (1) participates during the team's NFL football practice, Wednesday...

Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray (1) participates during the team's NFL football practice, Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

(AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray’s accuracy was on point in 2021.

Completing a career-high 69.2% of his passes, only Cincinnati Bengals signal caller Joe Burrow had a better percentage (70.4%) last year.

Looking closer at Murray’s pass attempts, Pro Football Focus’ Bryant Horn found that the QB was among the best in the league in a handful of passing categories.

Taking into account ball location, the specific throw type, primary coverage type and level of receiver separation, Murray reigned supreme when it came down to the deep ball (throws of 20 or more yards) behind a 48.5% accuracy-plus throwing percentage.

When chucking it down the field, Murray went 35-for-71 for 1,125 yards and nine touchdowns. He also recorded a 6.4% turnover-worthy play percentage, which ranked 11th-lowest.

Horn added that Murray completed 49.2% of his deep ball attempts, which boosted his passing grade up to a near-perfect 99.3, tops among qualifying signal callers.

And while Murray excelled with his deep ball accuracy he was just as lethal in the intermediate passes category as he finished with a 58% completion percentage on passes traveling 1-9 yards.

Murray tied for second with Teddy Bridgewater in intermediate passes placed in a “good” radius for a reception (58.0%). Murray threw for 848 yards and seven touchdowns on intermediate attempts, going 54-of-90.

Murray will now be tasked on replicating or improving upon those numbers without his No. 1 receiving option in DeAndre Hopkins for the first six games of the year. Hopkins violated the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

With Hopkins on the shelf, the Cardinals’ wide receiver room features A.J. Green, Rondale Moore and newly acquired Marquise Brown.

Brown reunites with his college QB in Murray hoping to help alleviate the loss of Hopkins to begin the year.

He can lean on the familiarity with Murray to do so. Brown was Murray’s favorite target at Oklahoma, with the wideout racking up 1,318 yards and 19 touchdowns on 75 catches during their final college season together in 2018.

Life Changer Loans

Arizona Cardinals

Cam Akers #23 of the Los Angeles Rams runs with the ball as Zaven Collins #25 and Marco Wilson #20 ...
Kellan Olson

ESPN spotlights Arizona Cardinals’ LBs, CBs as two key positions to watch

In the months of talk leading up to the start of the Cardinals' season, the two X-factors are undoubtedly at linebacker and cornerback.
20 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals star backer Isaiah Simmons runs through drills during training camp on Wednesday,...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals notebook: A competitive training camp comes to a close

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury came out of training camp pleased with both the work his players and staff were able to get in.
20 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals RB Jonathan Ward catches a pass during training camp on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, ...
Tyler Drake

Arizona Cardinals not oblivious to Ravens’ 21-game preseason win streak

Preseason football does not count in the win-loss column. But don't tell the Baltimore Ravens, who face the Cardinals on Sunday.
20 hours ago
DK Metcalf #14 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball after making a catch in front of Antonio Hamil...
Jake Anderson

Kingsbury: Antonio Hamilton is Cardinals’ No. 2 cornerback ‘as of now’

Cardinals CB Antonio Hamilton is no stranger to being doubted, and he looks to make the most of his opportunity in Arizona for his family.
20 hours ago
Offensive lineman Greg Long #65 of the Arizona Cardinals participants in a team training camp at St...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Cardinals re-sign OL Greg Long, release TE Deon Yelder

The Arizona Cardinals re-signed offensive lineman Greg Long and release tight end Deon Yelder, the team announced Friday.
20 hours ago
Owner Bill Bidwill of the Arizona Cardinals holds up the George S. Halas trophy after winning the N...
Arizona Sports

Late owner Bill Bidwill to enter Arizona Cardinals Ring of Honor

Bill Bidwill, the late Cardinals owner and father of current owner Michael Bidwill, will enter the team's Ring of Honor as its 19th member.
20 hours ago
Cardinals’ Kyler Murray among top 5 QBs in multiple PFF passing metrics