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McElroy: Kyler is 'almost like' Lamar as a running QB

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Kyler Murray and the Cardinals offense made minced meat out of the Cowboys' excuse for a defense in a 38-10 win on Monday Night Football. 

Murray threw for 188 yards and two touchdowns while running for 74 yards and a score. His rushing touchdown was his sixth of the year, which leads all quarterbacks so far this season.

Murray didn't have the best passing game, but the added element of his legs made Arizona simply too difficult to stop for the Cowboys, especially considering the game they got out of Kenyan Drake. Murray's performance running the ball had ESPN analyst Greg McElroy "almost" comparing Murray to Lamar Jackson. 

"He's gotten to the point where he's almost like Lamar Jackson with his legs," McElroy said Tuesday. "Maybe not quite as dynamic and explosive because they're just not formulating their offense to really highlight his legs as much as the Ravens are for Lamar, but he's getting close. He is almost untouchable with the ball in his hands. 

Murray now has 370 rushing yards on 51 carries, with Lamar Jackson following closely behind at 50 carries for 346 yards and two touchdowns. Jackson broke through against the Eagles for a 100-yard outing, but for the most part, Jackson has had to move the ball in different ways this season. 

McElroy has a point in highlighting Murray's ability to threaten defenses with the run without having an offensive system designed to get him those looks in space like the Ravens do with Jackson.

 

It's hard to know whether Murray would excel in that kind of system given that he's always been more of a scrambler rather than a "designed-run" type of quarterback, but his efficiency speaks for itself.

Nevertheless, Murray still has a ways to go to become the kind of runner Jackson is. Let's not forget the 1,200 yards (6.9 YPC) Jackson ran for in 2019.