Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray, WR DeAndre Hopkins, safety Budda Baker selected to Pro Bowl

Katherine Fitzgerald
Arizona Republic
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Three Cardinals were selected for the 2021 Pro Bowl: quarterback Kyler Murray, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and safety Budda Baker. The announcements were made Monday for the league-wide honor. 

Baker and Hopkins were selected as starters. Murray was one of three quarterbacks named to the NFC team, joining Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Seattle's Russell Wilson.

The 2021 Pro Bowl will be held in a virtual format due to COVID-19. It will involve Madden NFL 21, which should still be fun for Murray. 

Fresh off a game where he threw for a career-high 406 yards, Murray, 23, is now the youngest Cardinals' quarterback to earn a Pro Bowl selection in franchise history. He was selected as an alternate last year as a rookie. 

The No. 1 pick of the 2019 draft and a team captain, Murray has built upon his previous success in his second year. He has thrown for 3,637 yards and 26 touchdowns. He's also added another 741 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing, both franchise records for a quarterback. 

Cardinals' Kyler Murray (1) warms up with Deandre Hopkins (10) before a game against the Eagles at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Dec. 20, 2020.

This is Baker's third Pro Bowl nod, and his second as a safety. Even missing one game this year, he has recorded 104 tackles (79 solo), two sacks, two interceptions, six tackles for loss, and a forced fumble. The team captain made the Pro Bowl as a rookie for special teams. 

For Hopkins, who joined the Cardinals in March through a trade with the Texans,  it's his fifth overall selection and his fourth in a row. This year, he leads the NFL in receiving yards (1,324) and has had seven games of 100 or more receiving yards. That is tied for most in the league, and the latest came Sunday, as he set a season-high of 169 receiving yards in the Cardinals' win over the Eagles.

Oct 25, 2020; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals strong safety Budda Baker (32) intercepts a pass against Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (32) in the first half during a game at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY NETWORK

Hopkins has six touchdowns, including the game-winning "Hail Murray," catch against the Bills, which led to an NFC Offensive Player of the Week award for the wide receiver. 

While Hopkins excelled well before he arrived in Arizona, his still developing-relationship with Murray has allowed them both to flourish. When asked his level of trust with his newest receiver, Murray was able to quantify it. And the level of trust is high. 

"I like him versus anybody, and I like me to put the ball where it needs to be," Murray said Sunday. "So I guess 99.9 to 100%."

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