3 reasons the Cardinals would thrive in a Ravens-like offense

(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) Kyler Murray
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Murray’s skill-set

Kyler Murray is a rare talent that boasts a skill-set similar to both run-first quarterbacks like Lamar Jackson. But he also displays an incredible pocket presence, and of course, he can throw the ball on the run. Murray’s height is the only real drawback. But again, it has not stopped him from delivering strikes from the pocket.

Murray also displays incredible accuracy, evidenced by his 67.2 completion percentage. And if it weren’t for a Week 17 injury, he would have easily hit the 4,000-yard passing mark last season. Compared to Jackson, it’s not much of a contest as to who is the better passer.

Jackson ranked near the bottom of the league in passing yards per game in 2020 with 183.8 compared to Murray’s 248.2. Murray’s completion percentage was also nearly three percentage points higher than Jackson’s.

But Murray is every bit as effective at running the football. And although Jackson again hit the 1,000-yard rushing mark last year, Murray averaged 6.2 yards per carry against Jackson’s 6.3, and Murray also scored four more touchdowns than his AFC counterpart.

In short, Murray’s skill-set as an upper-echelon NFL passer teetering just below elite status would give him a serious edge over opponents in a Baltimore-like offense.