Three Cardinals besides Kyler Murray the Browns need to worry about
The Browns have to worry about Kyler Murray on Sunday as they welcome the Cardinals to Cleveland. The team is off to a 5-0 start, powered by Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury’s high-flying offense. Their early start and Murray’s stellar play have many people wondering if he’s an MVP candidate in the making.
Murray being good isn’t surprising, he was the number one overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft for a reason. Yet, what’s been surprising so far has been the team defense and just how useful the offense has been outside of him.
That’s why we’re taking a look at just a few of the outstanding talents that the Cardinals boast.
Three Cardinals to worry about besides Kyler Murray
S Budda Baker
The Cardinals are one of the better scoring teams on defense so far, 6th in the NFL for the least points given up so far (Browns are 11th). One of those reasons is their secondary. While Chandler Jones had a big single-day performance, and J.J. Watt signed with them, the Cardinal’s pressure is not impressive as a team, registering only 10 sacks through five games. Their biggest strength has been their coverage, so far. Budda Baker is one of the better tacklers in that secondary and has done a fair amount of damage against opposing teams so far. Making sure he’s nowhere near the ball is going to be a challenge.
RB Chase Edmonds
The Cardinals are splitting time with James Conner and Chase Edmonds at the moment but Edmonds is the one who shows the most dynamic play-making. Edmonds’ ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and averages 5.5 yards per carry. The Browns have shown some issues with covering running backs in the passing game, as Austin Eckler showed last week. Edmonds isn’t as skilled as Eckler but he’s skilled enough to hurt the Browns.
WR Andre Hopkins
Do we need to explain why? Andre Hopkins is among the Top 10 receivers in the league right now and is having a huge year for the Cardinals. He’s having a nice “bounce-back” year compared to his last two, and that’s saying something because his last two seasons weren’t bad by any means. If the Browns secondary isn’t healthier than it was against Los Angeles, then this could be a long day.