Pro: His ability to handle pressure
For as much as I stress that Murray’s need to get better at staying in the pocket by stepping up when he has to, he still has an uncanny ability to avoid pressure.
Murray seems to be constantly aware of who surrounds him, and where a blitz is coming from. While that is instinctual, it doesn’t come from his instincts alone. The Oklahoma Lincoln Riley offense is based out of the shotgun which gives quick-thinking quarterbacks the ability to read where defenses are sending pressure.
Murray’s elusiveness and speed play a significant role in his escapability. But, his field vision is an underrated aspect that makes him so useful when pressured. Despite being known by some as a run-first quarterback, Murray has eyes constantly downfield and prioritizes getting the ball out of his hands quickly.
There is a multitude of reasons on why Murray was sacked just 18 times during the 2018 season. His offensive line deserves a lot of credit, and so do his wide receivers that can quickly create seperation. But, Murray played a large role in that great season; he was hard to catch, and when you can get close, he has the quick release and field vision to get the ball out before you lay a finger on him.
His Pro Football Focus advanced stats also show that Murray is an excellent quarterback when facing pressure. He ranks first amongst draft-eligible quarterbacks in adjusted completion rate with 76.5%, and second when blitzed with 76.6%.