The incumbent group of wideouts is laden with slot receivers, namely Larry Fitzgerald and Kirk, so it's interesting to see only one outside candidate (Isabella) among the new recruits. Kirk likely doesn't have to worry about any of the trio too much when it comes to offensive snaps, of which he handled at least 85 percent in each of his final four games before his rookie season ended Week 13 due to a broken left foot. In a video on the team's official Twitter page earlier this offseason, he relayed that he'd "be healthy by the end of February," a statement that was backed up by taking part in Phase 2 of the offseason program in mid-April. Expect Kirk to build upon his first-year line of 43-590-3 on 68 targets as the No. 2 wideout behind Fitzgerald in 2019.
Kirk (foot) said Wednesday that he expects to be fully healthy by the end of February.
Kirk previously suggested he wouldn't face any limitations when the Cardinals hold OTAs in May, but the wideout is apparently going to be back to full strength well in advance of Arizona's offseason program. The fact that Kirk won't be forced to miss any workouts bodes well for his chances of gaining quick familiarity with new coach Kliff Kingsbury's offensive scheme. Prior to breaking his left foot in December and requiring surgery, Kirk had solidified himself as a starter for the Cardinals, finishing his rookie campaign with 43 receptions for 590 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games.
Kirk (foot) expects to be healthy by the start of OTAs in May, Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic reports. "My recovery is going well and I'm on the road to being 100 percent here in the next couple of weeks," Kirk said. "I'll be 100 percent by OTAs, for sure."
Prior to fracturing his left foot in Week 13, Kirk was cobbling together an impressive rookie campaign, finishing with 43 catches (on 68 targets) for 590 yards and three touchdowns. Once the diagnosis was confirmed on Dec. 3, the 2018 second-round pick had a pin inserted into the outside of his foot, which sustained a clean break. His rehab so far has included running in a pool, taking part in biometric exercises and undergoing electric stimulation, massage and ice therapy at the Cardinals' factility. Once his recovery is complete, Kirk will embark on his first full offseason as a pro with a new system to learn under the direction of coach Kliff Kingsbury. Additionally, veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald has committed to another season, and quarterback Josh Rosen will be a year wiser, so Kirk may be due for a breakout.
The rookie second-round pick was removed in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 20-17 win over Green Bay, finishing with three catches for 54 yards and one carry for 23 yards. This is a huge loss for an offense that's already at the bottom of the league in most significant categories, as Kirk leads the team in receiving yards (590) and ranks second to Larry Fitzgerald for catches (43), targets (68) and receiving touchdowns (three). Kirk is a huge part of the organizational plan for 2019 and beyond, but the next four weeks will probably get ugly with the likes of Chad Williams (ankle), Trent Sherfield and J.J. Nelson forced into key roles behind Fitzgerald.
Kirk reeled in three of eight passes for 54 yards and took his sole carry for 23 yards during Sunday's 20-17 win at Green Bay.
Kirk wasn't exactly on the same page with Josh Rosen for much of the afternoon. That said, two of his three receptions doubled as first downs, with the final one getting the Cardinals positioned for an eventual 44-yard field goal from Zane Gonzalez midway through the third quarter. With 77 yards from scrimmage, Kirk has racked up at least 75 such yards in five of 12 appearances as a rookie. On an unfortunate note, Kirk went to the locker room late in the game, potentially to have his left foot examined, per Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site. As a result, Kirk's practice reps may be impacted in advance of a Week 14 battle with the Lions.