Byron Murphy

Byron Murphy

26-Year-Old CornerbackCB
Minnesota Vikings
Questionable
Injury Knee - MCL
Est. Return 8/10/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
In his Murphy's first season of a two-year, $17.5 million deal, the 26-year-old led the Vikings in both passes defensed (13) and interceptions (three) while also compiling 57 tackles and a forced fumble over his 14 appearances. He suffered a Grade 3 MCL sprain in Minnesota's Week 15 loss to the Bengals and missed the final three games. He didn't require surgery and expects to be fully healthy for training camp. He returns as Minnesota's top corner. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
#622
ADP
#Subscriber-Only
IDP
$Signed a two-year, $17.5 million contract with the Vikings in March of 2023.
Avoiding offseason knee surgery
CBMinnesota Vikings
Knee - MCL
January 30, 2024
Murphy said Jan. 7 that he suffered a Grade 3 MCL sprain in the Vikings' Week 15 loss to the Bengals, but he won't require surgery and expects to be fully healthy for OTAs, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
ANALYSIS
The knee injury kept Murphy out for the final three weeks of the regular season, though Minnesota never officially placed him on injured reserve. When healthy, Murphy was easily the Vikings' most productive cornerback. In his first season of the two-year, $17.5 million deal that he signed with Minnesota this past offseason, the 26-year-old led the team in both passes defensed (13) and interceptions (three) while also compiling 57 tackles and a forced fumble over his 14 appearances. With a full offseason ahead of him, Murphy shouldn't face any restrictions heading into training camp and should open his second season in Minnesota in 2024 as a full-time starter.
Read More News
NFL Stats
Loading NFL Stats...
2023
2022
2021
2020
2019
2023 NFL Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Loading Game Log...
2022 NFL Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Loading Game Log...
2021 NFL Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Loading Game Log...
2020 NFL Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Loading Game Log...
2019 NFL Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Loading Game Log...
Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Snap Counts
Snap %
Minnesota VikingsVikings 2023 CB Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
#% of Team Snaps

87780%
83276%
41938%
14513%
474%
232%
10%
Loading Weekly Snap Counts...
2023 Byron Murphy Split Stats
Loading NFL Split Stats...
Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Byron Murphy's measurables compare to other cornerbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
190 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.55 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.5 in
 
Broad Jump
120 in
 
Bench Press
14 reps
 
Hand Length
8.88 in
 
Arm Length
30.13 in
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Byron Murphy See More
NFL Mock Draft: 2024 First-Round Mock
85 days ago
The NFL Draft gets underway tonight and John McKechnie projects how things will unfold with his first-round NFL mock. After Caleb Williams goes 1st to the Bears, chaos could ensue.
NFL Draft: Final Three-Round Mock
85 days ago
Mario Puig attempts to decode the 2024 NFL Draft after the presumed first and second picks of Caleb Williams and Jayden Daniels.
NFL Draft: Three-Round Mock
116 days ago
Get ready for Michigan's J.J. McCarthy to crash the top three picks of the 2024 NFL Draft.
Gameday Injuries: Week 18
194 days ago
Juan Carlos Blanco breaks down the details of an expansive Week 18 injury report as both the fantasy and regular seasons come to a close.
Friday Injury Report: Chiefs Resting, WRs Ailing, Kenneth Walker Playing
196 days ago
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce is cleared from the final injury report and may get the 16 yards he needs to reach 1,000, but he's unlikely to play the entire game Week 18.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
2021
2020
This offseason, Murphy signed with the Vikings, with whom he's expected to hold down a starting cornerback role. He played just nine games last season due to a back injury and had fair production with 36 tackles, two fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown) and a half sack. Murphy graded slightly above average as a pass defender, however, meaning he could be an impact player for a Minnesota unit that struggled in that realm.
Murphy hasn't had a problem making an impact on stat sheets through three campaigns, averaging per-17-game tallies of 69.8 tackles, 1.8 interceptions, 1.1 fumble recoveries and 0.9 sacks per year. The 2019 second-round pick logged at least 95 percent of the snaps on defense in two of those campaigns, and with just 2021 fourth-rounder Marco Wilson and not much else pushing for playing time at cornerback, Murphy again should be heavily utilized in the Cardinals defense.
Murphy has endeared himself to the Cardinals since they picked him in the second round of the 2019 Draft. Through two seasons, he's missed just one game (due to COVID-19) and otherwise totaled 129 tackles, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and one interception in 31 contests. Now with Malcolm Butler on the other side instead of Patrick Peterson, Murphy could be in line for yet another fruitful campaign.
Working opposite Patrick Peterson as a rookie second-round pick in 2019, Murphy didn't fare well in reality, as evidenced by a 48.8 grade from Pro Football Focus. The mark was fueled by a league-worst nine touchdown passes allowed, but his stat line otherwise was modestly healthy (78 tackles, 10 passes defended and one interception). The tackle count ranked third among Cardinals defenders behind Jordan Hicks and Budda Baker. If Murphy continues to get picked on by opposing quarterbacks, he has a chance to retain that spot behind his teammates.
More Fantasy News
Won't return Week 18
CBMinnesota Vikings
Knee
January 5, 2024
Murphy (knee) has been ruled out ahead of Sunday's game against the Lions, Matthew Coller of The Purple Insider reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Still absent from practice Thursday
CBMinnesota Vikings
Knee
January 4, 2024
Murphy (knee) did not participate at practice Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Still not practicing Wednesday
CBMinnesota Vikings
Knee
January 3, 2024
Murphy (knee) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's injury report.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Missing Week 17
CBMinnesota Vikings
Knee
December 29, 2023
Murphy (knee) has been ruled out ahead of Sunday night's game against the Packers, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Begins week as DNP in walk-through
CBMinnesota Vikings
Knee
December 27, 2023
Murphy (knee) was listed as a nonparticipant in Wednesday's practice walk-through.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Latest Fantasy Rumors
Could be rewarding FA signee
CBMinnesota Vikings
March 18, 2023
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com suggests Murphy could prove a valuable free-agent signee for the Vikings.
ANALYSIS
Brooks talks up Murphy, who has five interceptions and 34 defensed passes overall across his first four seasons, as just the type of versatile defender new Vikings defensive coordinator Brian Flores craves for his schemes. Murphy has starting experience as both an inside and outside cover man, and Brooks labels the 25-year-old as a "cerebral playmaker" who may be just entering his prime.
See All NFL Rumors