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Kyler Murray, Kliff Kingsbury on how the QB’s run game is unlocking Cardinals’ offense

Kyler Murray, Kliff Kingsbury, Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray won Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2019. Two weeks into his second season, he’s an MVP candidate.

The 2019 No. 1 overall pick has improved in seemingly every facet of his game, and the same can be said for his team. After a 30-15 drubbing of the Washington Football Team on Sunday, the Cardinals moved to 2-0 on the season — though so are two other teams (Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams) in the ruthless NFC West.

Murray has thrown for 516 yards with an 88.3 QB Rating through the first two weeks. He has clearly benefited from the addition of All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

However, Murray’s running skills have been equally as impressive as his passing. He rushed for 67 yards on eight carries on Sunday, and has tallied 158 rushing yards on the season (he ran for 544 yards in 16 games a rookie).

Dating back to his days at the University of Oklahoma, Murray has always had a distinct knack for effective scrambling while avoiding hits. Arizona head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, acknowledged that running “was a part of his game he was feeling out” in his first NFL season, noting his improvement in Year 2.

Murray explained how his scrambling can unlock the rest of the Cardinals offensive attack:

“It’s an extension of the run game, and really our offense in general,” Murray told the team’s official website. “When I can break the pocket or read, and score, that’s the dynamic we have in this offense because I’m able to move. It’s a blessing to be able to move fast.”

Overall, Arizona racked up 160 yards on the ground. Running back Kenyan Drake added 86 yards on 20 carries.