Kirk wasn't targeted during Thursday's preseason win versus the Chargers.
Although rookie QB Kyler Murray targeted five different receivers on the Cardinals' first possession, Kirk wasn't among them. Still, considering his performance in a listless offense last year -- a 43-590-3 line on 68 targets across 12 games -- interested parties shouldn't worry too much as the team transitions to a high-tempo scheme. Kirk will be competing for reps with the ageless Larry Fitzgerald and running back David Johnson, among others, so the second-year wideout's number of looks may not experience a massive uptick. On a positive note, there's nowhere to go but up.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Kirk has a good feel for the Cardinals' new offense, Mike Jurecki of the Cardinals' official site reports.
As expected, Kirk's experience in an air raid offense at Texas A&M is proving useful as he learns Kingsbury's scheme. The second-year pro and Larry Fitzgerald are safe bets for regular snaps at wide receiver, while rookies Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler will compete with Kevin White, Trent Sherfield, Chad Williams and Damiere Byrd. There hasn't been any sign of physical limitation after Kirk's rookie season ended early with a broken foot. He finished the year with a 43-590-3 receiving line on 68 targets, posting a 63.2 percent catch rate and 8.7 YPT in an offense that completed 57.2 percent of its passes for 5.8 YPA. The efficient stat line in a terrible environment bodes well for Kirk's NFL future.
Kirk (foot) has been joined in the Cardinals' receiving corps by 2019 draftees Andy Isabella (62nd overall), Hakeem Butler (103rd) and KeeSean Johnson (174th).
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 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.
Kirk suffered a broken foot and will be placed on injured reserve, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
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.
Kirk caught four of six targets for 41 yards during Sunday's 45-10 loss to the Chargers.
Kirk led the team in targets and catches while contributing to nearly half of Josh Rosen's passing production on the day. Unfortunately, the signal caller finished with just over 100 passing yards on the day, limiting Kirk's potential to produce. He's totaled a respectable 536 receiving yards to this point in his rookie season, but efficiency and consistency have been hard to come by. He'll look to bounce back next Sunday against the Packers.
Kirk hauled in three of four targets for 77 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown during Sunday's 23-21 loss to Oakland.
The second-rounder from Texas A&M has enjoyed a mostly prosperous rookie campaign, but nearly all of his "start-worthy" fantasy outings come with a touchdown in tow. In three performances with a receiving score, Kirk is averaging 15.8 PPR points per game, compared to 8.0 points per game in performances without one. The numbers don't bear out that he's an all-or-nothing, touchdown-dependent asset, but he's not exactly a high-floor option that can be plugged into a WR2 slot without second thought. He's averaging just 3.6 catches per game, but it's encouraging that his involvement in the passing attack has increased of late, even if only by a slim margin (30 targets in past five outings, compared to 24 targets through his first five). In Week 12, Kirk will be opposing a Chargers defense that ranks among the NFL's seven best teams in receptions (113) and yards (1,477) allowed to wideouts this season.
Kirk caught just two of six targets, amounting eight yards during Sunday's 26-14 loss to the Chiefs.
In Sunday's loss to Kansas City, the rookie wideout posted his worst receiving output since Sept. 9 when he debuted against Washington (four yards on one reception). Though he's been targeted a combined 26 times over Arizona's past four games, Kirk has hauled in just 53.9 percent of those attempts -- a drastic drop-off from 76 percent over the first five weeks of the season. A promising matchup approaches in Week 11, as Kirk and the Cardinals receiving corps will be opposing Oakland's bottom-10 pass defense (over 260 yards surrendered per game).
Kirk caught three of seven targets for 42 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 18-15 win over the 49ers.
Kirk was relatively quiet for most of the game, but his 9-yard touchdown grab put his team ahead for good with just 34 seconds left on the clock. He's been somewhat productive of late, averaging 65.3 yards per game with two touchdowns over his last four. Interim offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich stated his desire to focus on feeding the likes of David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, but Kirk's rapport with quarterback Josh Rosen should keep him involved on a weekly basis. He'll be on bye next week before taking on the Chiefs in Week 10.
Kirk brought in three of six targets for 57 yards in the Cardinals' 45-10 loss to the Broncos on Thursday.
Kirk's modest yardage total actually served a team high on the night, a testament to the struggles of Josh Rosen and the Cardinals' passing attack overall. Kirk also logged a team-best 27-yard catch, and he's now posted one reception of over 20 yards in four of the last five games. The 2018 second-round pick's speed affords him plenty of upside, but his production will likely continuing experiencing its fair share of fluctuation considering it's largely tied in to the fortunes of the inconsistent Rosen. Kirk will look to up his numbers when he faces the 49ers in Week 8.
Kirk caught six of seven targets for 77 yards during Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Vikings.
Kirk led the team in catches and yards on the day, finishing behind only Larry Fitzgerald in terms of targets. He didn't do much damage outside of his long gain of 35 yards, but it was still encouraging to see the rookie lead the team in receiving for the third time in four games. Kirk has clearly developed a rapport with quarterback Josh Rosen and seems like the Cardinals receiver to own in fantasy given his emergence over that period of time. He certainly still benefits from Fitzgerald's presence and could be heavily involved again Thursday against the Broncos if the veteran draws 1-on-1 attention from standout defensive back Chris Harris.
Kirk caught three of four targets for 85 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-18 win at San Francisco.
Kirk opened the scoring for Arizona with a 75-yard touchdown on its first play from scrimmage. He was quiet from that point on, however, catching just two more passes for 10 yards. Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen struggled overall Sunday, completing only 10 of 25 passes for 170 yards, but Kirk easily led the Cardinals in all receiving categories and has shown a good rapport with Rosen. In Week 6, Kirk will face the Vikings.
Kirk hauled in four of five passes for 28 yards and added a seven-yard run during Sunday's 20-17 defeat to the Seahawks.
Kirk didn't have any chunk plays like he did in his 90-yard coming-out party Week 3, but the Week 4 effort marked his second-best performance of the season. With a modest 7.45 yards per target and no touchdowns through four games, the 2018 second-round pick has nowhere to go but up as he continues to build a rapport with fellow rookie Josh Rosen.
Kirk caught seven of eight targets for a career-high 90 yards in Sunday's 16-14 loss to the Bears.
Kirk was involved in a minor car accident Wednesday, but barely missed any practice time and looked good in Sunday's loss. In fact, the rookie wideout was easily the Cardinals leading receiver, as no other pass catcher had more than four receptions or surpassed 35 yards. His production has increased each week, and a switch to rookie quarterback Sam Rosen could be coming soon after Sam Bradford was benched in the fourth quarter Sunday. While Rosen doesn't have the strongest arm in the league, he's likely to aggressively challenge defenses more than Bradford. In Week 4, Kirk will square off against Seattle.
Kirk (back) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against the Bears, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.
Kirk made a sudden appearance on Thursday's injury report, the result of a car accident one day previous. After a limited session Thursday as he tended to a back injury, he didn't miss a single rep Friday, paving the way for active status Week 3. Kirk's target count increased from two in the season opener to five last weekend, but he's parlayed those looks into a meager five catches for 31 yards and no touchdowns to date.
Kirk (back) returned to practice Friday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Kirk was held out of Thursday's practice after a car accident in which he was rear-ended by another driver. His quick return to the field suggests he should be fine for Sunday's game against the Bears.
Kirk (back) didn't participate in Thursday's practice for precautionary reasons after he was involved in a car accident a day earlier, Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic reports.
Kirk appeared on the injury report with a back issue, but he's apparently OK after being rear-ended in what was described as a hit-and-run incident. Despite the scare, Kirk seems on track to suit up Sunday against the Bears, though a return to practice Friday in some capacity would help clear up any lingering concern.
Kirk worked with the training staff on a side field during the open portion of Thursday's practice, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.
A 2018 second-round pick, Kirk has made an impact, albeit small, in his first two games as a professional, corralling five of seven passes for 31 yards. The output is rather poor, but considering the offensive woes in Arizona, it's also not unexpected. What is worrisome is his sudden work with trainers, which implies an injury of some sort. Kirk's status will remain murky until Thursday's injury report is posted.