Is Cardinals QB Kyler Murray a legitimate MVP candidate?

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DeAndre Hopkins is the most notable addition by far; he’ll provide the young gunslinger with an All-Pro threat on the outside. Hopkins will allow Murray to do what he does best: air the ball out deep. Hopkins is one of the best overall receivers in the game, but his overlooked quickness and speed coupled with his world-class leaping ability make him one of the best deep threats in the game.

With one of the best deep threats paired with one of the best deep-ball passers in the league, there’s bound to be a handful of splash plays from these two every game. Something to consider, Pro Football Focus ranked Murray as the sixth-best deep-ball thrower in the NFL.

Keeping running back Kenyan Drake should be huge for Murray’s development too. The best thing a young quarterback can have is a solid running game to fall back if things aren’t going his way. Not only did Drake prove he has Pro Bowl potential last season, rushing for 643 yards in eight games with the Cardinals, he’s a reliable pass-catcher out of the backfield, which gives Murray a solid check down option.

Currently, Murray’s odds to take home the MVP award in 2020 are 16-1, behind only Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Dak Prescott, and Russell Wilson. If all goes according to plan and Murray takes that big leap in development this season, big things are in store for him and his Arizona Cardinals.