|Ht / Wt:||5'10" / 201 lb.|
|Born:||November 18, 1996|
|Drafted:||2018 / Rd. 2 (47)|
The Cardinals activated Kirk (undisclosed) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Kirk missed Arizona's loss to the Rams in Week 17 due to his placement on the COVID list. The Cardinals didn't earn a postseason berth, but Kirk will now be free to return to team facilities for meetings and eventual offseason workouts. Through 14 regular-season games in 2020, Kirk secured 48 of 79 targets for 621 yards and six touchdowns. He also contributed in the return game and logged two carries for three yards.
Kirk was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday and won't play in Sunday's game against the Rams.
Analysis: It's unclear whether Kirk tested the positive or was deemed a high-risk close contact.
Kirk caught seven of 10 targets for 76 yards during Saturday's 20-12 loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: Kirk led the team in receiving yardage while notching a new season high in receptions. He ripped off a 38-yard gain, which was his longest in seven games, and was unfortunate to miss out on a poorly-thrown end zone target in the fourth quarter. Kirk had totaled just 68 yards on 10 receptions over the last four games, so this performance was surely a welcome sight for the Cardinals. His productivity should be crucial in next Sunday's matchup with the Rams.
Kirk notched three catches (on four targets) for 33 yards during Sunday's 33-26 win against the Eagles.
Analysis: After DeAndre Hopkins' 11 targets, Kyler Murray wasn't afraid to use any and all Cardinal skill-position player, with five of them seeing at least three targets and nine total getting looked at one or more times by the QB. Spreading the ball around didn't benefit many others aside from Hopkins, who recorded a TD along with Larry Fitzgerald and Chase Edmonds. Kirk himself hasn't reached the end zone since making six visits in five games between Weeks 4 and 9, and he also hasn't surpassed 50 receiving yards in six consecutive contests. As a result, he's tough to trust in the stretch run of the campaign.
Kirk caught three of four targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 26-7 win over the Giants.
Analysis: Kirk could have salvaged his day by getting over the goal line on his first catch, but he was tackled at the one-yard line. The third-year man out of Texas A&M has all but disappeared from Arizona's offense following a stretch of five touchdowns in three games, totaling 15 catches for 112 yards without a touchdown over the five subsequent contests. Kirk will hope to get back on track against the Eagles in Week 15.
Kirk gathered in one of three targets for two yards during Sunday's 38-28 defeat to the Rams.
Analysis: Since he put up 246 yards and five TDs in three games between Weeks 6 and 9, Kirk hasn't surpassed 50 yards or reached the end zone in any of the last four contests. In fact, his receiving line during that span is a pitiful 12-98-0 on 21 targets. Kirk continues to draw a significant snap count on a weekly basis and even received his largest share of the season Sunday (94 percent). He'll look to get back on track in a Week 14 visit to the Giants.
Kirk caught three of six targets for 19 yards and added a carry for no gain in Sunday's 20-17 loss to New England.
Analysis: Kirk dropped a ball in the end zone late in the first half, and that proved to be a crucial mistake, as the Cardinals were stopped on 4th-and-goal two plays later. The feast-or-famine wide receiver has mustered just 96 yards without a touchdown over the past three weeks following a torrid stretch that included five touchdowns over the previous three games.
Kirk brought in four of six targets for 50 yards and returned two punts for eight yards in the Cardinals' 28-21 loss to the Seahawks on Thursday night.
Analysis: Kirk checked in third in receptions, receiving yardage and targets behind position mates Larry Fitzgerald and DeAndre Hopkins. The 24-year-old has found true standout production from a reception and receiving yardage standpoint hard to come by with the arrival of Hopkins this offseason, but Kirk has often made up for it with a knack for the end zone that's led to him scoring a career-high six touchdowns. He'll look to find pay dirt once again after a two-game lull in a Week 12 matchup versus the Patriots on Sunday, Nov. 29.
Kirk recorded four receptions (on six targets) for 27 yards during Sunday's 32-30 win versus the Bills.
Analysis: On the heels of a three-game stretch in which he compiled five touchdowns, Kirk wasn't on the receiving end of Kyler Murray's sole TD pass of Week 10 (that honor went to DeAndre Hopkins' game-winning Hail Mary grab). Still, Kirk leads the Cardinals with six scores through the air, which have supplemented nicely his 27 catches for 427 yards on 46 targets. He'll look to get back in the end zone Thursday against a Seahawks defense that has allowed the third-most touchdown receptions (13) to wide receivers this season.
Kirk caught five of eight targets for 123 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Dolphins.
Analysis: With DeAndre Hopkins struggling, Kirk led the team in targets, catches and receiving yards as he set or tied season highs across the board. The highlight of his day was a 56-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter that gave him five scores in his last three outings. Kirk now has three plays of at least 49 yards this season and two have gone for touchdowns over the same three-game stretch. The Bills secondary could key in on Hopkins as well next Sunday, potentially setting up Kirk for another productive effort.
Kirk had five receptions (eight targets) for 37 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 37-34 win over the Seahawks.
Analysis: Kirk shined in the national spotlight for the second consecutive game, hitting pay dirt twice after pulling off the same feat on Monday Night Football against the Cowboys last week. The recent explosion of touchdowns for the third-year man came out of left field, as he averaged just three scores each of his previous two seasons. Kirk -- a 5'11" slot receiver -- doesn't scream "red-zone target," but fantasy managers certainly won't scoff at his recent binge. Expectations for future production should be tempered in the event the wideout isn't able to maintain this rate of success in the red zone, as he is averaging just 3.0 receptions and 46.2 yards per game this season. However, until the scoring cools off, Kirk remains a solid fantasy option when the Cardinals resume play against the Dolphins following the team's upcoming bye week.
Kirk corralled two of his three targets for 86 receiving yards and two touchdowns during Monday's 38-10 win against Dallas.
Analysis: It was not an especially busy night for the Cardinals' receiving corps, as the team was able to lean upon a ground attack that racked up 261 yards and three TDs on the night. DeAndre Hopkins paced the group with eight targets, but no Arizona player exceeded three receptions during the contest, while Kirk's 86 yards represented a team-high. Kirk snagged a six-yard TD from Kyler Murray at the 12:58 mark of the second quarter, but the splash came two drives later when he slipped behind cornerback Darryl Worley, corralling a Murray deep ball to complete an 80-yard score. Kirk has now posted 75-plus receiving yards in back-to-back contests, after managing just 25.3 yards per game over his first three appearances of 2020.
Kirk caught five of seven targets for 78 yards in Sunday's 30-10 win over the Jets.
Analysis: The third-year receiver came into Sunday with only 76 receiving yards through three games, in part due to a groin strain, but Kirk was able to more than double that total against a fairly hapless Jets secondary. With Kirk now 100 percent and DeAndre Hopkins drawing plenty of attention, he could be poised for another big game in Week 6 against a reeling Cowboys defense.
Kirk hauled in three passes on five targets for 19 yards and a touchdown in Week 4 against the Panthers.
Analysis: Kirk returned to the field after missing the team's Week 3 contest against Detroit. He managed to find the end zone for a three-yard score late in the third quarter. However, he was out-gained by the likes of Dan Arnold and Chase Edmonds and his performance was salvaged by the score. In three healthy games, Kirk has not surpassed five targets.
Kirk (groin) is active for Sunday's game at Carolina.
Analysis: After sitting out Week 3 due to a groin issue, Kirk managed to log limited sessions Wednesday through Friday before being tabbed as a "game-time decision" for Sunday. That said, Adam Schefter of ESPN later reported that Kirk was expected to play Week 4, pending a pregame workout. Now that Kirk has been given the all clear for game action, he'll look to be a more consistent option in the Cardinals' passing attack after turning just four touches into 60 yards during the first two outings of the season.
Kirk (groin) is expected to be available for Sunday's game at Carolina, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The 23-year-old and fellow wideout DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) were both labeled game-time decisions by coach Kliff Kingsbury on Friday, but both players are apparently expected to play against the Panthers. Kirk worked as a limited practice participant all week, so it's not a major surprise he'll be ready to go if he can avoid a pregame setback.
Kirk (groin) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with the Panthers, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: The same goes for star wideout DeAndre Hopkins, whose ankle injury kept him off the practice field all week. Kirk, on the other hand, managed limited practices Wednesday through Friday, leading to a 'questionable' tag on the final injury report. He could see extra targets if he's active and Hopkins isn't, though there still would be some risk with a guy who caught only three passes over the first two games of the season and then missed Week 3. All eyes will be on the Cardinals' inactive list Sunday morning ahead of their 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.
Kirk (groin) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Like the absent DeAndre Hopkins (ankle), Kirk maintained his activity level from one day prior. With two of the Cardinals' top three wide receivers banged up, there could be more chances for the likes of Larry Fitzgerald, Andy Isabella, KeeSean Johnson and even Trent Sherfield to produce Sunday in Carolina. In the end, Friday's injury report will give a sense of the WRs available to Kyler Murray this weekend.
Kirk (groin) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: On the same day Kirk returned to the practice field, DeAndre Hopkins didn't join him due to an ankle injury. The Cardinals have yet to touch on the severity of Hopkins' concern, but it'll be something to watch as the week goes on due to the trickle-down effect it could have on the likes of Kirk. Still, Kirk may not be out of the woods himself as it pertains to his groin issue, which forced him to sit out Week 3 against the Lions.
Kirk (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Kirk dropped from 77 percent snap share and five targets in the season opener to 61 percent snap share and four targets Week 2 against Washington. It isn't clear that was related to the groin injury, but we do now know Kirk will miss at least one game. Andy Isabella and Trent Sherfield are the candidates to see snaps alongside DeAndre Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald in three-wide formations, with Isabella's 4.31 speed making him a better fit for the downfield role Kirk (20.4 aDOT) has been used in this year.
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