3. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals – Week 7
I might be jumping the gun a little bit, as Murray has yet to play an NFL snap, but it’s hard to believe that Kyler Murray won’t be an electrifying player and unbelievable talent that’s going to give defenses headaches all season.
Murray is the current favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year and will be a day one starter for the new Kliff Kingsbury regime in Arizona. The fast-paced, multi-wideout sets will stretch defenses and the balance of the offense will see players like David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, and rookies Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler with the ball in their hands early and often.
Murray has a quick release for short tosses and the arm strength to connect on deeper throws, and his athleticism and ability to scramble to make plays is just scary.
For a defense that was tied for the second fewest sacks in the NFL a season ago, the Giants will have to find a way to get to Murray – or at least contain him – and not give him all day to make a play, because he eventually will.
Of course there is a chance he struggles adjusting as a rookie, but with a offensive system similar to what he ran in college, I don’t see his adjustment period taking very long. By week seven he will certainly be commanding the offense with confidence and keeping defensive coordinators up at night.
The New York Giants and their defense will have their hands full with Kyler Murray, but to be fair, what team won’t?