Kyler Murray has been phenomenal this year as a rookie, and has shown up in some big performances.
His stats are looking legendary, quite literally. He and Tom Brady have stats that are ridiculously similar. Not bad for a first-year QB, right?
For Murray, the five interceptions really jump off the stat sheet, as a mobile young quarterback playing in a high-pace offense with only five picks is very impressive. These stats don't even tell the whole tale, as Murray has ran for an additional 418 yards and three scores, with just a single fumble.
Murray was highly touted coming out of college, and it is showing at the NFL level exactly why. Going into the draft, it was essentially all high praise with the lone asterisk of "but he's short." That didn't stop the Cardinals from taking him first overall, and it hasn't stopped him from torching defenses this year.
Murray hasn't just been great in the stat sheet, but he looks the part of a legit NFL quarterback as well. He has dissected some very good defenses with ease, including the 49ers' second-ranked defense. He has shown substantial poise in the pocket, and his deep ball is top-flight across the entire league.
While his team hasn't had the success Brady and the Patriots have, there's no denying he's turned heads thus far. While Brady will look to lead the Pats to another Super Bowl, Murray can take solace knowing he's got his team on the right track.
The race for offensive Rookie of the Year is wide open, but Murray just may be leading the pack.