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Kyler Murray in rare air with how he has taken care of the ball as a rookie

San Francisco 49ers v Arizona Cardinals Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

When the debate leading up to the draft about Kyler Murray was happening one of the biggest questions was about another rookie quarterback and the growing pains he would go through.

It was essentially resetting the clock, again.

Yet, one of the best attributes of Murray as a prospect was how he protected the football.

Naturally there would be no way Murray could match his minuscule 1.9% interception rate from Oklahoma, this is the NFL.

He was throwing into bigger lanes, had a better team in 99% of the games he played in and would struggle adapting to the NFL.

Except, through 316 pass attempts as a rookie Murray is on an exclusive list of players.

Only Dak Prescott, fellow rookie and newly benched Gardner Minshew and Murray have attempted 300 or more passes as rookies and been intercepted four or less times.

The crazier part is, while Minshew had been fantastic not throwing interceptions, he has already lost a staggering seven fumbles on the season.

Minshew was responsible for 11 turnovers.

Even in Prescott’s record setting rookie season, he lost four of his nine fumbles.

Murray has fumbled two times this year, recovering both on his own.

He has four total turnovers through nine games and and 11 total touchdowns.

For a rookie, that came to a team with 24 offensive touchdowns the previous season and had 28 turnovers lost, the fact that the team has 18 offensive touchdowns and only four turnovers, it is an accomplishment.

You look at rookies and it is not only understood, but expected to see them be a little reckless with the football.

Yet, Murray has kept the Cardinals in a position to win games because he understands that each possession for the Cardinals is important.

He’s been very good as a rookie, but he has been great when it comes to not making rookie mistakes and turning the ball over.