Players rave about his ability to run and his throwing ability.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, now one of the highest-paid players in the NFL, was again included in the yearly NFL Top 100 Players series for the 2022 season.
NFL players voted and Murray came in at No. 57 this year.
The focus of the players who spoke about him was on his ability to run and move around, but then the focus shifted to his ability to throw the ball for velocity, distance, accuracy and with a lightning-quick release.
Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, San Francisco 49ers Fred Warner, Houston Texans linebacker Jonathan Greenard and others were among the players to have praise for Murray.
Murray led the Cardinals to 11 wins and the playoffs and made his second straight Pro Bowl. He is on the cusp of being one of the very best quarterbacks in the league.
Many NFL players have high praise for the Cardinals’ stud safety.
The Arizona Cardinals and their fans know how great safety Budda Baker is. By the Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections, it seems the rest of the league knows, too, even if some more analytical sites fail to recognize his impact on games.
His NFL peers recognize it and he comes in at No. 67 of the NFL Top 100 players that players vote on each year.
Former teammate Chandler Jones, now with the Las Vegas Raiders, opened the video reveal by calling him “a heat-seeking missile.”
He gets praise from a number of teammates and opponents.
From San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle:
“He’s a blur out there. He just does everything 100 miles per hour.”
“It’s the no hesitation. Because you’ll see him 15 yards deep and he’ll make the tackle at five yards.”
“Just the work he puts out there you see on tape. He never takes plays off. He’s just always around the football. He’s good with his hands. He’s good with his punches.”
“He’s a really smart football player. He’s always in the right place in the right time. Budda is one of my favorite players in the league.”
From San Francisco 49ers safety Jimmie Ward:
“Shoots and asks questions later.”
From Chandler Jones:
“When he hits, he lays into you. I think he walks around at 180 (pounds) soaking wet, but he’s a hell of a player.”
From Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson, who as a member of the Seattle Seahawks saw him twice yearly, said this:
“He’s one of the most explosive players in the league. He’s smaller, undersized. Budda’s smaller than me. He’s a force. He comes out of that center field and comes down full speed. He’s trying to take your helmet off and he’s trying to blow you up.”
From Cardinals linebacker Devon Kennard:
“I’ve never seen a player play with such reckless abandon.”
Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp said his team has a rule for Baker.
“We’ve got the ‘Budda rule.’ Someone block Budda. Wherever he is, someone make sure you block Budda because he’s going to be flying from wherever he is on the field, he’s going to be around the ball.”
“I tell him every time I love playing him because he makes you bring it over and over.”
From Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones:
“He’s like a missile and then the pop-up game is everything at the end. The way he comes down and fills the run, he’s coming and he’s coming low, and he’s coming to wipe you out. He has no fear when he’s coming down and he’s shooting right for that thigh board. You better be ready because if you aren’t, it’s going to hurt.”
From Seattle Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf:
“He really attacks everything 100% full speed. He’s just a fantastic tackler. I’ve seen him take people down from up top. I’ve seen him take the legs out. A honed-in reckless. He knows how to control it on Sundays and this year he’s turning it into picks.”
After a Pro Bowl season in which he had more than 1,100 total yards and scored 18 touchdowns, he makes the NFL Top 100 players for 2022.
The yearly NFL Top 100 Players is back this offseason on NFL Network. Three Arizona Cardinals were revealed as making the top 100 among players 51-100.
The first revealed was running back James Conner, who debuted on the list at No. 80.
He had a career-high 18 touchdowns last season and more than 1,100 yards from scrimmage. He was one of the Cardinals’ four Pro Bowlers.
Former Cardinal Chandler Jones had a lot to say about Conner in the video about his selection.
Conner’s battle with cancer while in college was mentioned but he made the list this year because of his play in 2021.
Jones admires him on and off the field.
Former Cardinal Tyrann Mathieu said “it’s hard to root against those guys” like Conner.
“When you have a power back like that, it’s very intimidating,” Jones said. “Even with a defensive end like me, you don’t want to tackle that. I don’t want to tackle James Conner. The guy has legs like tree trunks. And to see what he does, it reminds you of what Derrick Henry does with his stiffarm. You just don’t want to stick your face in that. It just doesn’t seem safe.”
Conner re-signed with the Cardinals on a three-year contract and is Arizona’s No. 1 back this coming season.
They are counting on him to duplicate a lot of what he did for them last season.