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Christian Kirk

Christian Kirk

Wide Receiver #13
ADP:Round: 9, Pick: 5
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 201 lb.
College:Texas A&M
Born:November 18, 1996
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 2 (47)
Draft Team:ARZ

Christian Kirk: Will avoid offseason surgery

Kirk admitted that the ankle injury he sustained Week 4 troubled him in the second half of the season, but the wideout said he won't require surgery during the offseason, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports. "It's not a fun deal, but I didn't want to miss any more games," Kirk said, who sat out three contests before returning to action Week 8. "If I can get out there and contribute and help the team, I'm going to do it. But to get to the offseason and get healthy and get [the ankle] 100 percent, I can't wait to get it right."

Analysis: Kirk said the ankle in question was "rolled up on" several times after he returned from the three-game absence, but he still finished with 68 receptions for 709 yards and three touchdowns, falling just short of beating out Larry Fitzgerald (75-804-4) for top honors in all categories among Arizona receivers. He'll likely take the next few weeks off to get the ankle right but otherwise shouldn't face any restrictions during his offseason training.

December 30, 2019 10:59 AM EST

Christian Kirk: Exceeds 65 catches, 700 yards

Kirk caught seven of 10 targets for 60 receiving yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: While Kirk's final 2019 stat line will illustrate marked improvement from the totals he established in targets (68), receptions (43) and receiving yards (590) during his rookie campaign, the 23-year-old wideout was largely a hit-or-miss commodity outside of his absurdly productive Week 10 outing against Tampa Bay. Kirk accounted for six catches, 138 yards and three touchdowns during a matchup against the Buccaneers' porous pass defense Week 10, but he otherwise averaged 5.2 catches and 47.6 yards per game with zero TDs across his other 12 appearances. Though he proved to be a deployable asset in PPR formats throughout the course of 2019, Kirk has potential to take another leap in 2020 as he continues to build rapport with Kyler Murray.

December 29, 2019 7:46 PM EST

Christian Kirk: Makes little impact in win

Kirk failed to catch any of his five targets and gained nine yards on two carries in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: While his target volume remained steady from the week before, inconsistent quarterbacking from Kyler Murray (hamstring) and backup Brett Hundley conspired to give Kirk a goose egg in catches. The second-year receiver could be working with Hundley again in Week 17 against the Rams, so don't bank on a big rebound to close out the year.

December 22, 2019 7:06 PM EST

Christian Kirk: Suiting up Week 16

Kirk (ankle) is listed as active Sunday in Seattle, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Kirk hasn't missed a game since logging DNPs in Weeks 5 through 7 due to an ankle injury. In seven contests in the meantime, his offensive snap share has ranged from 86 to 99 percent on a weekly basis. Consequently, it's no surprise Kirk is among Kyler Murray's favorite receivers, as he's gathered in 37 of 56 targets for 407 yards and three TDs while turning five carries into 60 yards during that span.

December 22, 2019 12:01 PM EST

Christian Kirk: Likely to suit up Sunday

Kirk (ankle), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Seattle, is expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Kirk's ankle injury sidelined him for the Cardinals' first practice of Week 16 and limited his participation in the final two sessions, prompting coach Kliff Kingsbury to label the receiver as a "game-day decision" entering the weekend, per Darren Urban of the team's official site. Arizona will presumably put Kirk through a workout early Sunday before rendering a verdict on his status, but barring any setbacks, the wideout appears poised to avoid the inactive list, which will be released 90 minutes prior to the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. Since missing three games on account of the ankle injury between Weeks 5 and 7, Kirk has suited up for each of Arizona's last seven games, scoring three touchdowns (all in Week 10) while averaging 5.3 receptions and 66.7 yards from scrimmage.

December 22, 2019 6:12 AM EST

Christian Kirk: Status in question for Week 16

Kirk (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest at Seattle.

Analysis: An ankle issue has followed Kirk since he sustained the injury Week 4 against the Seahawks. This week, he was held out of practice Wednesday before wrapping it up with back-to-back limited showings. While coach Kliff Kingsbury considers Kirk a "game-day decision" -- per Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site -- it wouldn't surprise if Kirk continues to tough it out Sunday, which will be determined about 90 minutes before the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff.

December 20, 2019 5:40 PM EST

Christian Kirk: Will be 'game-day decision'

Coach Kliff Kingsbury termed Kirk (ankle) a game-day decision for Sunday's game at Seattle, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: The Cardinals kept Kirk off the practice field entirely Wednesday before tabbing him as a limited participant on Thursday's injury report. An ankle issue was the culprit and likely is the same one that forced Kirk to miss three games earlier this season. If he's eventually deemed inactive about 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, Arizona will rely on Larry Fitzgerald, Pharoh Cooper and perhaps rookie Andy Isabella to man the inside receiver positions in this offense.

December 20, 2019 12:37 PM EST

Christian Kirk: Increases activity Thursday

Kirk (ankle) was limited at practice Thursday, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Kirk's ankle issue has followed him throughout the season, limiting him some last week before keeping him off the practice field entirely Wednesday. Back in the fold Thursday, he's on the right path to rid himself of the injury by the end of the week. Even if he doesn't, though, he's managed to log at least 86 percent of the offensive snaps in seven consecutive games, racking up a 37-407-3 line of 56 targets during that stretch.

December 19, 2019 4:23 PM EST

Christian Kirk: Doesn't practice Wednesday

Kirk (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Kirk can't seem to shake the ankle issue that he sustained Week 4 and required three games off before he was cleared to play again. The injury reappeared last week, resulting in an LP/LP/FP practice regimen, and now he's not participating at all to kick off Week 16 prep. Kirk has two more opportunities to stem the tide before the Cardinals potentially tab him with a designation for Sunday's game at Seattle.

December 18, 2019 4:26 PM EST

Christian Kirk: Finishes with four grabs

Kirk caught four of five targets for 33 yards and rushed once for 28 yards in Sunday's 38-24 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Kirk was pretty much held in check in the passing game, where he trailed Damiere Byrd and Larry Fitzgerald in yards, but at least salvaged some production with a career-long rush. The second-year pro also caught at least four passes for the ninth time in 11 appearances this season. Nonetheless, despite those positives, Kirk will still aim for a better overall outing in Week 16 versus the Seahawks.

December 15, 2019 5:39 PM EST

Christian Kirk: Ready to face Cleveland

Kirk (ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Browns, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Kirk was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday before upgrading to full participation Friday. He should be fine to handle his usual role as Kyler Murray's top pass-catching weapon, coming off last week's 8-85-0 receiving line on 97 percent snap share in a 23-17 loss to Pittsburgh. The Browns have been a tough opponent for wide receivers, limiting the position to a 59.5 percent catch rate (9th) and 7.7 yards per target (8th).

December 13, 2019 1:02 PM EST

Christian Kirk: Remains limited Thursday

Kirk (ankle) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Kirk is dealing with an ankle injury this week, which may merely be a maintenance-related decision after he sat out Weeks 5 through 7 with a similar issue. Assuming he gets the all-clear by week's end -- or as late as 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff -- he'll be looking to take advantage of a Browns defense that has given up 7.7 yards per target and 11 touchdowns to wide receivers in 13 games in 2019.

December 12, 2019 1:33 PM EST

Christian Kirk: Gets 'limited' tag Wednesday

Kirk (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Kirk was sidelined Weeks 5, 6 and 7 due to an ankle injury, which may be affecting him yet again. Nevertheless, the second-year wideout was able to handle some reps Wednesday, so he's putting himself in a position to be available Sunday against the Browns, when he'll look to take advantage of his 8.8 targets per game on the season.

December 11, 2019 2:27 PM EST

Christian Kirk: Bounces back with big Week 14

Kirk corralled eight of nine targets for 85 receiving yards, and ran for four yards on his only rush attempt during Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: The second-year wideout got back on track in Week 14, after managing nine combined receptions for 64 yards in his preceding two outings against the 49ers and Rams. Prior to the downtick in production between Weeks 11 and 13, Kirk had a breakout game Nov. 10 against Tampa Bay, exploding for 138 yards and three touchdowns -- his only three scores of the year thus far. A Week 15 matchup against Cleveland's top-six pass defense is less than favorable for Kirk's immediate outlook, especially given that the Browns allowed just one opposing wide receiver -- Cincinnati's Tyler Boyd -- to exceed 45 receiving yards Sunday.

December 8, 2019 5:46 PM EST

Christian Kirk: Struggles against Rams

Kirk caught three of seven targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 34-7 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Despite tying Larry Fitzgerald for the team lead in targets, Kirk wound up posting his second-lowest yardage total of the year. It's the third time in the last four games he's averaged less than 5.0 yards per target, a poor showing for a player with his big-play potential, and he may not have much more success in next week's tilt against the Steelers.

December 1, 2019 6:04 PM EST

Christian Kirk: Notches six more catches

Kirk corralled six of nine passes for 41 yards and had a one-yard rush during Sunday's 36-26 loss at San Francisco.

Analysis: Kirk led all Cardinals wideouts in offensive snap share, missing just one of 69 plays. He also paced the team in targets and receiving yards while matching Kenyan Drake's six receptions. With eight appearances under his belt this season, Kirk's stat line prorates to a 92-1,016-6 line, making him a must-start on a weekly basis, even if the passing attack isn't exactly clicking in each outing.

November 18, 2019 5:37 PM EST

Christian Kirk: Officially listed as questionable

Kirk (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Kirk's game status was a foregone conclusion after coach Kliff Kingsbury referred to the wide receiver as a game-time decision earlier Friday. Kirk was a limited participant at each practice the past two weeks, never quite making it back to full participation. He reportedly still looks less than 100 percent in practice, but the Cardinals could bring him back into action if he looks good in pregame warmups before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. EST kickoff.

October 18, 2019 1:33 PM EST

Christian Kirk: Shaping up as game-time call

Kirk (ankle) has shown improved cutting ability in practice, but he still isn't back to full strength and is headed for a game-time decision Sunday against the Giants, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: A limited practice participant the past two weeks, Kirk presumably will be deemed questionable on the final injury report. With David Johnson (ankle) also a game-time decision, Kyler Murray may have his work cut out for him, albeit against a porous Giants pass defense. The Cardinals used a rotation behind Larry Fitzgerald and KeeSean Johnson in Week 6, with Trent Sherfield playing 52 percent of snaps while Pharoh Cooper (35 percent), Damiere Byrd (22 percent) and Andy Isabella (17 percent) all mixed in.

October 18, 2019 12:41 PM EST

Christian Kirk: Still has cap on practice reps

Kirk (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Kirk continues to have a cap on his practice reps, but at least he's practicing as his right ankle gets healthier. On Wednesday, coach Kliff Kingsbury even told Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com that Kirk is "closer than he was last week." Kirk still must display an ability to cut while running, though, so he may have to progress to full participation Friday to get the all-clear for Sunday's road game versus the Giants.

October 17, 2019 2:36 PM EST

Christian Kirk: Getting healthier

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday that Kirk is "closer than he was last week" to returning to action, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: For the second straight week, Kirk is practicing in a limited fashion, per Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site. That fact runs slightly counter to Kingsbury's comments, in which he also relayed that Kirk hasn't been cleared to play because he hasn't been able to cut while running. Kirk has two more practices to prove his health in advance of Sunday's road game versus the Giants.

October 16, 2019 2:12 PM EST

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