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Cardinals want ‘big step’ forward from Kyler Murray

Despite winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2019, the Arizona Cardinals are expecting former No. 1 pick Kyler Murray to take a big step forward in year number two.

However, amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Cardinals team facilities are currently shut down, and the future of the 2020 NFL season is shrouded in uncertainty. The lack of a full offseason might make things harder for the young quarterback, but Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury is confident in his franchise star, via Pro Football Talk.

“We’d love to have him back [for the on-field offseason program],” Kingsbury said Tuesday, via Kyle Odegard of the team website. “Do I think it’s going to stunt his growth? I don’t think so. I think he’s figured out what he has to do, and I expect him to take a big step.”

Statistically, Murray was impressive in 2019 as he completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 3,772 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. The former Heisman Trophy winner also showed off his dual-threat ability as he ran for 544 yards and four touchdowns.

As a team, the Cardinals would go just 5-10-1 on the season but were much more competitive than the season prior when they finished with a league-worst 3-13 record.

A big leap for Murray isn’t totally irrational as the Cardinals made headlines this offseason by acquiring superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in a trade with the Houston Texans. Talent at receiver was a significant need for Arizona going into the offseason, and perhaps no other pass-catcher is more talented than Hopkins, who has recorded 4,115 yards and 31 touchdowns in the last three seasons combined.