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The reason the Cardinals believe Kyler Murray can take MVP jump in 2021

Cardinals, JJ Watt, DeAndre Hopkins, Kyler Murray

Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said Thursday the entire organization feels quarterback Kyler Murray will be an MVP-caliber player in 2021.

Keim made an appearance on SiriusXM’s “Mad Dog Sports Radio,” suggesting Murray has not even come close to reaching his full potential:

“When you think about he didn’t play in the spring because he played baseball, Keim said, via Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “Played really one long season at Oklahoma. And then aside from that again, you know, he’s just continuing to grow with the little things, the attention to detail, and for guy to step into the NFL from day one and become Rookie of the Year. Second year become one of three Pro Bowl quarterbacks on the NFC side. I mean, I think those were both indications that he is certainly headed in the right direction. And I think that now for him to take the next step with, again, the little things, seeing the field, the progressions, be more comfortable in this offense with his command. I think really, the sky’s the limit with him.”

Murray looked to be trending towards an MVP in the first half of 2020. He was in the conversation, at the very least.

The former No. 1 overall pick guided the Cardinals to a 6-3 mark to start the season, throwing 17 touchdown passes and rushing for 10 more scores.

But Arizona stumbled to a 2-5 finish to finish the year at 8-8, missing the playoffs as a result. Murray was not quite as prolific through the air or on the ground, though the offensive line did not do him too many favors down the stretch. Injuries to skill position players also played a role.

In any case, Murray more than showed what he was capable of last season. His talent was enough to convince J.J. Watt to come to Arizona. The rest of the organization, including Keim, likely hopes Murray only continues to ascend and helps the Cardinals win in the process.