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Christian Kirk

Arizona Cardinals
Wide Receiver #13
Arizona Cardinals
Wide Receiver #13
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Christian Kirk News

Eclipses century mark in win

Kirk secured seven of eight targets for 104 yards in the Cardinals' 31-19 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: Kirk extended what has been a strong stretch of play to open the campaign with Sunday's effort, which featured a season high in receptions, receiving yardage and targets. Kirk has looked like a steadier performer, albeit over a modest sample, thus far this season now that he's no longer a starter and likely facing a lower quality of cornerback on many of his routes. Kirk will look to put together a successful encore to his Week 3 performance in a tough Week 4 road battle against the Rams.

Sep 26, 2021 3:59 PM EST


Hauls in three passes Sunday

Kirk notched three receptions (on four targets) for 65 yards during Sunday's 34-33 win versus the Vikings.

Analysis: Among the six Cardinals to be targeted by Kyler Murray in Week 2, Kirk matched No. 1 wideout DeAndre Hopkins with the fewest looks. Having said that, all three of Kirk's catches went for at least 10 yards, highlighted by a 35-yard looping pass down the middle of the field that set up Arizona at the six-yard line in the fourth, which set up a 27-yard field goal for the winning points. After two games, Kirk has accrued a 8-135-2 receiving line on nine targets, which indicates his efficiency in what has been a hyper-efficient passing attack under Murray. Kirk will look to keep it up next Sunday when the Cards pay a visit to Jacksonville.

Sep 19, 2021 6:02 PM EST



Scores twice in Week 1

Kirk caught five receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns on five targets at Tennessee on Sunday.

Analysis: Kirk was automatic Sunday in what was one of his best games as a pro, and it's possible that he'll continue to benefit from running routes more often in the slot than he did in prior years. He'll need to draw more targets to stay consistently viable as a fantasy wideout, however, because a 100 percent catch rate at 14 yards per target obviously isn't sustainable. Kirk and fellow wideout Rondale Moore (four catches for 68 yards on five targets) might have a case for taking targets from A.J. Green (two catches for 25 yards on six targets), but Green is a limiting factor in the meantime.

Sep 12, 2021 2:01 PM EST


Preseason Week 3 canceled

In a statement released by the Saints on Friday, it was announced that Saturday's scheduled preseason game between Kirk and the Cardinals at New Orleans has been canceled due to the impending impact of Hurricane Ida in the Gulf Coast region.

Analysis: The contest previously was scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. ET but was moved up seven hours, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. In the meantime, however, a decision has been made to cancel the Cardinals' exhibition finale. The team is next slated to travel to Tennessee for Week 1 of the regular season.

Aug 27, 2021 3:13 PM EST


Game moved up

Kirk and the Cardinals are now scheduled to play the Saints at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday for their final game of the preseason, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The game has been moved back seven hours to avoid a possible hurricane headed toward New Orleans. The Cardinals are expected to rest Kyler Murray and other starters, but it's possible Kirk is among those who play, with rookie second-round pick Rondale Moore making his push for a top-three role. Kirk and A.J. Green both are in danger of losing snaps, if not their starting jobs, depending on their own performance and Moore's.

Aug 27, 2021 1:34 PM EST



Looks healthy Friday

Kirk caught his only target for a 34-yard gain in Friday's preseason win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: The fourth-yard receiver missed practice time earlier in the month due to an undisclosed injury, but Kirk was in the starting lineup Friday and was on the other end of a big Colt McCoy pass during the Cards' second possession. Kirk is being pushed for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart by rookie Rondale Moore, but DeAndre Hopkins (undisclosed) and A.J. Green (undisclosed) are expected to be the focus of the passing game for Arizona during the regular season.

Aug 14, 2021 7:01 AM EST


Limited in return to practice

Kirk (undisclosed) was limited Thursday in his return to practice and may not get back to full participation until next week, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: His return after only a few days, even in a limited capacity, suggests the undisclosed injury isn't serious. Kirk at least seems to be a bit healthier than fellow Cardinals receivers A.J. Green and Rondale Moore, with the former missing Thursday's practice and the latter leaving it early.

Aug 5, 2021 11:38 AM EST


Returns to practice

Kirk (undisclosed) is returning to practice Thursday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Kirk has been out since the weekend with a minor, undisclosed injury. A few missed days shouldn't make much difference as he enters his third season in coach Kliff Kingsbury's system, though Kirk presumably is preparing for more slot work after the Cardinals signed A.J. Green (undisclosed) in the offseason. Green is now the one missing practice with a minor injury.

Aug 5, 2021 8:37 AM EST


Likely out a few days

Kirk (undisclosed) is expected to miss a few more practices beyond Tuesday, Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic reports.

Analysis: Coach Kliff Kingsbury didn't disclose the location of Kirk's injury but did say he expects the wide receiver to rejoin practice soon, per Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com. The 24-year-old figures to play more slot in the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, after the Cardinals signed 33-year-old A.J. Green in March.

Aug 3, 2021 11:26 AM EST


Misses another practice

Kirk is absent from practice for a second straight day Tuesday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It likely means Kirk is nursing an injury, though nothing has been reported so far. He has a lot to prove in the final year of his rookie contract, following a 2020 campaign with only 621 receiving yards in 14 games.

Aug 3, 2021 9:07 AM EST


Not practicing Monday

Kirk is not participating in Monday's practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The reason for Kirk's lack of participation remains unclear, whether due to rest, injury, or an excused absence. The fourth-year pro is facing increased competition for playing time this training camp, with A.J. Green and Rondale Moore having joined Arizona's receiving corps.

Aug 2, 2021 2:03 PM EST


Facing competition for playing time

The Cardinals' pecking order at wide receiver appears wide open after DeAndre Hopkins, with Kirk, A.J. Green, Rondale Moore, Andy Isabella and KeeSean Johnson all in the mix to earn roles, NFL.com's Adam Maya reports.

Analysis: The Green signing hints at Kirk getting more slot work, especially if Larry Fitzgerald remains a free agent or signs with a new team. A move inside could reinvigorate Kirk's career, but there will also be more competition for playing time if he struggles this summer. The 2018 second-round pick has missed multiple games each year in the NFL, and he's yet to top 709 receiving yards in a season. Moore, in particular, could be a threat to Kirk's role, with the second-round pick out of Purdue boasting 4.28 speed.

Jul 22, 2021 9:00 AM EST


Comes off COVID-19 list

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.

Jan 13, 2021 3:03 PM EST


Goes to COVID-19 list, out Sunday

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.

Jan 2, 2021 2:46 PM EST


Notches season high in receptions

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.

Dec 26, 2020 6:30 PM EST


Catches three passes Sunday

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.

Dec 21, 2020 6:41 PM EST


Can't going against G-Men

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.

Dec 13, 2020 2:33 PM EST


Remains quiet Sunday

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.

Dec 7, 2020 7:17 PM EST


Quiet again in Week 12

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.

Nov 29, 2020 3:04 PM EST


Four grabs in loss

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.

Nov 19, 2020 9:38 PM EST


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