The Cardinals Offense will be a top 10 unit

The Cardinals Offense Will Be A Top 10 Unit

  • #2020NFLDraft
  • arizona cardinals
  • DeAndre Hopkins
  • josh jones
  • Kenyan Drake
  • Kliff Kingsbury
  • Kyler Murray
  • Larry Fitzgerald
  • Offense
By Jorge Antun June 4, 2020 0 Comment

The Cardinals had a great offseason and they are ready to make a big jump on offense entering Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray’s second year.

Continuity is key for long term success with a young quarterback, and the Arizona Cardinals know it. Kyler Murray played in a similar system at Oklahoma and now he enters his second year in the NFL with more experience, understanding and expectations. Steve Keim and Kliff Kingsbury both did an amazing job bringing the necessary pieces to surround Murray with talent on the Cardinals offense.

They’re still a rebuilding team. Arizona still has holes and upgrades to make, but the direction they’re heading is promising at the very least. We all know that Murray has great mobility and playmaking ability. In his first year, he showed fantastic tools and mechanics inside the pocket, making him a tough task for any defense.

Deep, talented receiving corps

The Cardinals stole arguably the best wide receiver in the league from the Texans for just a second-round pick.

DeAndre Hopkins will make this offense more dynamic. He’s not the typical #1 wide receiver. Hopkins can line up in the slot or on the outside creating a lot of mismatches. He possesses a special ability to run routes and separate from defenders.

Larry Fitzgerald is still a reliable option on this offense and he can line up everywhere too. With these two, Kingsbury has the opportunity to be even more creative as a play designer. Christian Kirk and Andy Isabella are both talented players with a ton of speed who should beneficiate from the defenses focusing on Hopkins and Fitzgerald.

O-Line help

Offensive tackle Josh Jones fell into the third round and directly into the wings of the Cardinals.

Arizona had a huge need to protect his young star quarterback. They retained their left tackle in D.J. Humphries who has elevated his play as his career has progressed. 2019 was his best season in the NFL by far.

Jones could be the missing piece who will enhance this unit at right tackle. His natural skills and toughness should be key in a system that requires a lot of athleticism and lateral agility from the offensive line to run screens and block in the second level. Jones is still a raw player but his high ceiling makes him an intriguing option for Kingsbury.

Running game

Having Kyler Murray on your team puts defenses under a lot of stress due to his amazing running ability. But the addition of Kenyan Drake was the spark the Cardinals needed on the ground last year. This year, with an improved offensive line, the production should grow even more.

Drake is an absolute playmaker with the ball in his hands. Additionally Chase Edmonds proved to be a more than reliable option to bring fresh legs and offer another type of skillset. Eno Benjamin should battle for a spot coming in as a 7th rounder, but was very productive at Arizona State and could be an intriguing weapon in 2020.

The Cardinals set themselves into a very bright direction in just two years led by their offense. Don’t be surprised if we see them contending for the NFC West and getting into the playoffs.

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