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Ted’s Film Room: How DeAndre Hopkins will help Kyler Murray take the next step

In 2018, the Cardinals finished with a minus-40.9 percent offensive DVOA, Football Outsiders’ metric for efficiency, the third-worst rating since 1986. Last season, they made dramatic improvements and finished with an offensive DVOA of 3.8 percent, which ranked 13th. The Cardinals’ offensive renaissance was led by quarterback Kyler Murray, the rookie of the year after being picked No. 1. Murray was impressive, making plays with his extraordinary arm talent and athleticism.

What was even more impressive was how Murray did it without a lot of talent surrounding him. Before last season, the Cardinals tried to upgrade their wide receivers through free agency and the draft but didn’t get a lot of return on their investment. Their leading receiver last year was immortal 36-year-old Larry Fitzgerald, who had 75 catches for 804 yards.

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