This past offseason Kyler made it clear he wanted to use his legs as more of a luxury than a primary feature that the offense is reliant on. This also insinuates he wants to utilize his arm more this season.
Through two weeks so far, Kyler is averaging 96.3 more passing yards per game than last season. Even in comparison to just the first 2 games of 2020, Kyler passed for 86.5 more yards per game. His 400 passing yards yesterday was the 2nd most of his career.
Obviously 2 games isn’t a large sample size, but the rushing usage has also gone in the direction Kyler wants, cutting in half from 51.2 yards per game in 2020 to just 25.5 rushing yards per game so far. Last year he averaged 79 rushing yards on 10.5 rushing attempts the first 2 games. In the first 2 this year, Kyler’s received half as many rushing attempts per game at just 5.
Tennessee and Minnesota clearly don’t have the best pass defenses so I wouldn’t expect Kyler to average nearly 100 more passing yards per game through the whole season (but he might get close with a full healthy season). Most importantly, Arizona should be able to continue this ratio of utilizing Kyler’s arm more and his legs as more of a secret weapon this year.