The 2022 season is going to be a big one for the Arizona Cardinals. They have made incremental improvements every season under head coach Kliff Kingsbury, but they have yet to truly break through. Last season they made the playoffs as a wild card team but were dismantled by the eventual champion Los Angeles Rams.
This team will go as their starting quarterback Kyler Murray goes. He has made strides as well throughout his career, as he had career-highs in numerous categories in his third season in the league.
Murray missed three games, yet fell just short of his career-highs for passing statistics. He had the highest completion percentage of his career at 69.2 and averaged 270.5 yards per game, which was 22.3 yards per game more than his previous high. Nearly all of his advanced stats improved as well across the board.
The progression as a passer was much needed, as Murray scaled back his rushing attempts last season. He averaged only 6.3 attempts per game after averaging 8.3 the season before. Running less should help keep Murray healthier as he will avoid taking more unnecessary hits.
Over at Sports Illustrated, they are expecting the scaled-back rushing attempts to occur again. They are projecting him to rush the ball 102 times for 580 yards and nearly seven touchdowns, a Fantasy Football manager’s dream. Only Lamar Jackson, Jalen Hurt and Trey Lance are projected to rush for more yardage than him at the quarterback position.
Through the air, Murray is projected to reset his career-highs once again. Sports Illustrated is projecting him to have his first season throwing for more than 4,000 yards, finishing with 4,506 yards, completing 68 percent of his passes in the process. That production would take the Cardinals to a new level of contention.
29 touchdowns are projected through the air compared to only 11 interceptions, as Murray will be one of the most dynamic players for Fantasy Football managers to target in this year’s draft class. The only quarterback that is projected to finish higher than him is Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills.