Is Cardinals QB Kyler Murray a legitimate MVP candidate?

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The NFL season is still a few months away, but the Kyler Murray MVP talk has started to heat up a bit. The Arizona Cardinals signal-caller had more success than most expected in his first NFL season.

Murray finished the 2019 season with 24 total touchdowns, passing for 3,722 yards, completing 64.4% of his passes while only turning the ball over 14 times. All of this led to the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award as he proved to be a perfect fit in Kliff Kingsbury’s air raid offense.

There’s plenty of reasons to believe Murray will improve in his second year. For most young quarterbacks, their sophomore campaigns are where we find out what kind of quarterback they truly are. Some develop into superstars in their second seasons (E.g. Patrick Mahomes and Carson Wentz), while others start to show their overarching flaws (Baker Mayfield).

In Murray’s case, it’s hard to envision him going backward in development, mostly because of the great job Arizona’s front office did surrounding him with outstanding talent.