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

(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) Kyler Murray
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The Cardinals have playmakers who would fit the system. We discussed Kyler Murray in the above section, but it goes beyond him. He has arguably the best wide receiver in football with DeAndre Hopkins, who logged 115 receptions during his first season in the desert.

But don’t forget about Chase Edmonds, who excelled in the RB2/hybrid role in 2019 and 2020. Edmonds logged 448 rushing yards in 2020 to go along with 53 receptions and 402 receiving yards. But he’s just one other playmaker on Arizona’s offense that would excel in a Baltimore-like approach.

James Conner has the playmaking ability, evidenced by a Pro Bowl season back in 2018. Yes, Conner has had injury issues, but he’s one of the league’s better backs when healthy. Especially when he runs between the tackles. Back in 2018 though, Conner logged 55 receptions for 497 receiving yards, so he too could make defenses cringe in the passing game.

Chris Streveler is the forgotten player, but he would do so much if Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury tried him at different positions on offense. He could line him up alongside Murray on specific packages, or even in the backfield with Conner and Edmonds. It would be akin to the three-headed attack the Ravens had in 2020 with J.K. Dobbins, Mark Ingram, and Gus Edwards.

Except Streveler would also be capable of launching a forward pass, which would add yet another dimension to Arizona’s offense. Baltimore has excelled with a loaded backfield since 2019, and the Cardinals can do the same in 2021.