3 things Kyler Murray must focus on this offseason

Kyler Murray had a nice rookie season, but he needs to improve in these three areas this offseason.

D.J. Humphries, Arizona Cardinals
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1. Work Better Under Pressure

Murray took a tied for league-high 48 sacks last year, which is easy to blame on a poor offensive line. But his mobility invites more opportunities to take him down, and the Cardinals offensive line actually finished 10th last season in pass block win rate (62 percent).

That’s not to say Arizona shouldn’t, or won’t, draft an offensive tackle that can step in immediately. But Murray needs to show a little better pocket presence, rooted in better anticipation of throwing windows (18 bat-downs last year, third-most in the league) and simply a better feel for everything.

To improve in these three areas this offseason, at least for awhile, Murray will mostly be relying on mental reps upon studying his own tape. The time will hopefully come to put what he learned into practice in some sort of on-field work, though maybe not until whatever training camp winds up looking like.