Are Double Threat QBs the Future? Kyler Murray became the first QB in NFL history to achieve a rare feat in 2020


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Kyler Murray has accomplished many impressive feats during the 2020 season, including one that the best double-threat quarterbacks in NFL history had yet to achieve. Murray became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 3,500 yards and run for 800 yards in one season, a historic mark for the Arizona Cardinals quarterback.

Only five quarterbacks in league history threw for 3,000 yards and rushed for 800 yards in one season: Randall Cunningham, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Lamar Jackson and Murray. The Cardinals quarterback was the first to reach the 3,500 yard mark and accomplish the feat, dropping just 29 under 4,000 passing yards for the season (Murray was injured in Week 17 and had to leave the game, otherwise he probably would have passed the 4,000-yard mark).

The Cardinals were the first team to have a passer over 3,000 yards and a rusher over 800 yards in a season at quarterback and miss the playoffs, as the other four led their teams to a spot. in the playoffs. That doesn’t take away from what Murray did for the Cardinals last season.

Murray became the first player in NFL history with over 7,000 passing yards, over 45 touchdown passes and over 15 touchdown passes in his first two seasons in the NFL. He also became the first player in NFL history with over 6,000 passing yards and over 1,100 rushing yards in his first 25 games of his career. Murray set an NFL record for most games with one pass and one touchdown in a season with nine, and became the second player in league history with more than 25 touchdown passes and more than 10 touchdowns in a season (Cam Newton in 2015 is the other).

In a Week 7 win over the Seattle Seahawks, Murray became the first player in NFL history to throw for over 350 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for over 50 yards and a touchdown. in one match. He also became the first player in Cardinals franchise history with over 300 passing yards and over 50 rushing yards in a game. Murray has two seasons with over 3,500 passing yards and over 500 rushing yards, behind Newton and Russell Wilson (three). Newton and Murray are the only players to have achieved the feat in their first two seasons.

The Cardinals have a franchise quarterback at Murray, who can only get better as he enters his third year in the NFL.

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