Cardinals QB Kyler Murray latest to feel disrespected by Madden rating
Count Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray among those who were none too pleased with his Madden rating.
The Cardinals star came on First Take to discuss his rookie season and assess his 77 overall rating, saying he felt it was a “disrespect.” Murray also posited some confusion, as he ended last year as a 77 overall.
"Honestly I thought you all were joking … I can't really say everything I want to say on the air right now, I kind of take it as disrespect."@K1 is not too happy about his 77 overall rating in #Madden21. pic.twitter.com/MSdnBpOCba
— First Take (@FirstTake) July 16, 2020
Murray took it in stride, though Madden ratings are clearly something the players take pride in and value to a degree.
That said, no video game can fully encapsulate what Murray achieved in 2019.
The former No. 1 overall pick became the third rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 3,000 yards and rush for 500 more in the same season, joining Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III.
Murray actually threw for over 3,700 yards and 20 touchdowns, to go along with 544 yards and four scores on the ground. He showed some knack for performing in the clutch, as well, leading a pair of game-winning drives.
It was an encouraging debut for the former Oklahoma star, and the Cardinals will hope it is only uphill from here.
Arizona had a big offseason. While most of the moves the Cardinals made focused on the defensive side of the ball, they also pulled off the shocker of free agency.
The Cardinals struck a deal to bring All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona, giving Murray arguably the best wideout in football to team alongside veteran Larry Fitzgerald.
With Hopkins out wide and Kenyan Drake in the backfield for a full season, Murray would seem to have the weapons he needs to take off in his sophomore season.
The key will be staying upright. Murray was sacked 48 times last season, tied for most in the league. If he has the chance to make plays, Murray could thrive in 2020, and maybe even give his Madden rating a little boost.