Featured image courtesy of Twitter / @brgridironYesterday afternoon, the Miami Dolphins beat the Arizona Cardinals by a final score of 34-31. The victory improved Miami to 5-3, also giving quarterback Tua Tagovailoa his second career victory. For the Cards, it dropped the loss dropped their record to 5-3 as well.
I could get into the details about the game and how great Tua looked, but I am more interested in asking this question: is Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray already a top five quarterback in the NFL? Some may laugh that off but if you really think about it, Murray makes a very strong case.
Players with at least 2,000 pass yards and 500 rush yds through 8 games of a season in NFL history:
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) November 9, 2020
If you were to look at all the signal callers around the league, there are a few that stick out as “top five guys”. Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson mainly. I would also say that based off of their performance this year, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady belong in that class as well.
Obviously there are four guys listed right there, but does Murray take the last spot? Maybe. Murray’s competition for the fifth and final spot is last year’s MVP Lamar Jackson and possibly the Houston Texans’ Deshaun Watson. But in the same breath, I would rather have Murray over both of them.
The reason you would take Jackson over Murray is because of his crazy rushing ability. Yet Murray is just as explosive in the open field as Jackson. Combine that with better accuracy and a stronger arm, Murray is an easy choice over Jackson considering how the Baltimore QB has played thus far in 2020.
just a ridiculous run from Kyler Murray pic.twitter.com/DcxaHD35iI
— Nate Tice (@Nate_Tice) September 13, 2020
Moving onto Watson v. Murray, Murray takes the edge because of that rushing ability. Watson is no slouch himself, but the variance between them as passers seems so slim that taking the guy with more burst and rushing ability seems like a no-brainer.
And if you don’t think their passing ability is close (whichever way you lean), just look at the numbers. Watson’s completion percentage is literally only 0.2 points higher than Murray.
I can go through every other quarterback in the league if you’d like, but that seems unnecessary.
Would you rather have Murray than Ryan Tannehill? Yes.
What about Matt Ryan? No question.
How about Josh Allen? 100%.
Drew Brees? See you later noodle arm.
You can possibly argue for Los Angeles Chargers rookie Justin Herbert, but I don’t believe he can enter the conversation until his sophomore season. Same goes for Joe Burrow, and the previously mentioned Tagovailoa.
And it does remain to be seen how Murray performs in big games, but right now he is absolutely balling out. And I guess it is your opinion if he is in the upper echelon or not, but Murray is a superstar that looks like he will be in the NFL for a long long time.
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