Christian Kirk

Jacksonville Jaguars
Wide Receiver #13
Jacksonville Jaguars
Wide Receiver #13
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Set to ink four-year deal with Jaguars

The Jaguars are slated to sign Kirk to a four-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Analysis: Per Rapoport and Adam Schefter of ESPN, the wideout's looming deal is worth up to $84 million. Regardless of the exact structure of the pact, it's clear that the Jaguars prioritized adding a pass-catcher like Kirk in free agency with an eye toward bolstering the supporting cast of second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Kirk, who turned 25 this past November, is coming off a 2021 campaign in which he led Cardinals in receiving yards (982), catches (77) and targets (103), while adding five TDs in 17 games.

Mar 14, 2022 12:35 PM EST

New target for Lawrence

Kirk is slated to sign with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Jacksonville continues to make splashes in the free-agent market, but Kirk marks the first addition to the skill-position ranks. He'll join Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault as the top wide receiver options for second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence in 2022. Kirk is coming off his most productive season overall as a pro last year, hauling in 77 of 103 targets for 982 yards and five touchdowns in 17 games with the Cardinals.

Mar 14, 2022 11:47 AM EST

Leads team in catches

Kirk caught 6 of 10 targets for 51 yards in Monday night's 34-11 wild-card round loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Kirk led the Cardinals in all major receiving categories, going for a team-long gain of 23 yards as well. Despite Arizona ending its season on a sour note, Kirk overall enjoyed his best campaign as a pro. The wideout caught 77 of 103 targets for 982 yards and five touchdowns while not missing any games for the first time in his four-year career. On the back of that production, the 25-year-old is slated to enter free agency this offseason with his value on the rise, making it uncertain whether the Cardinals will be able to bring him back or not.

Jan 17, 2022 9:32 PM EST

Quiet on three targets

Kirk caught two passes for 43 yards on three targets against Seattle on Sunday.

Analysis: Kirk had a good on-paper matchup against the Seahawks and he was efficient with his three targets, but this is still a disappointing outcome in a game where the Cardinals made every effort to win but still struggled on offense. It's a microcosm of Kirk's broader 2021 season -- he was almost automatic in terms of efficiency, catching 74.8 percent of his targets at 9.5 yards per target, but a limited snap count and modest target rate held him to just 77 receptions for 982 yards and five touchdowns despite the blistering efficiency. Kirk will likely need to produce better in the playoffs if the Cardinals are going to get where they want to go.

Jan 9, 2022 6:22 PM EST

Leading receiver against Dallas

Kirk caught six of nine targets for 79 yards in Sunday's 25-22 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Kyler Murray did a good job spreading the ball around, as Kirk led the Cards in receiving yards but Zach Ertz led in receptions with seven, while Antoine Wesley was on the end of both of Murray's TD passes. Kirk has a 25-307-1 line on 36 targets over the last four games as the team's de facto No. 1 wideout, giving him plenty of momentum heading into a Week 18 clash with the Seahawks.

Jan 2, 2022 8:47 PM EST

Garners nine targets in Week 16

Kirk caught seven of nine passes for 48 yards during Saturday's 22-16 defeat to the Colts.

Analysis: With DeAndre Hopkins (knee) beginning a lengthy absence following Week 14, Kirk has benefitted on the target front, seeing his biggest counts in the category of the campaign over the last two contests. Overall, Kirk put up a 16-142-1 line on 21 targets in that span, while tight end Zach Ertz managed 14-145-0 on 24 targets. The pair appear to be Kyler Murray's top options at the moment, so Kirk again should be poised for significant volume in the Cardinals' next game Sunday, Jan. 2 in Dallas.

Dec 25, 2021 9:27 PM EST

Top receiver with Hopkins out

Kirk caught nine of 12 targets for 94 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-12 loss to the Lions.

Analysis: Kirk stepped into the No. 1 wide receiver role in DeAndre Hopkins' (knee) absence, setting new season highs in catches and targets, but the rest of the Cardinals struggled as the team suffered a shocking loss to a Lions team that came into the game with a 1-11-1 record. His 26-yard touchdown with just 4:40 left in the game was too little too late, but it raised Kirk's season touchdown total to five heading into a Week 16 visit from the vulnerable Colts pass defense.

Dec 19, 2021 1:59 PM EST

Has two big grabs

Kirk caught three of six targets for 86 yards in Monday night's 30-23 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Kirk's performance was fueled by a long catch in both halves. In the second quarter, he hauled in a 41-yard dime from Kyler Murray, then Kirk was the recipient of a 47-yarder in the fourth. Those big plays enabled the wideout to accumulate his third-most receiving yards in a game this season, helping Kirk rebound after posting merely one catch for four yards in Week 13.

Dec 13, 2021 9:11 PM EST

Another paltry showing

Kirk caught one of three targets for a season-low four yards during Sunday's 33-22 win at Chicago.

Analysis: With Kyler Murray only attempting 15 passes in his first game action since Week 8, there wasn't much volume to go around for Cardinals receivers Sunday. Kirk actually paced the team in targets, and eight different players recorded one or two receptions, but only DeAndre Hopkins and James Conner were able to take advantage with TDs. Looking ahead to Week 14, Kirk will look to bounce back against a Rams defense that also contained him to one catch back in Week 4.

Dec 6, 2021 8:52 PM EST

Musters two catches Sunday

Kirk corralled two of five targets for 25 yards during Sunday's 23-13 win at Seattle.

Analysis: With DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) again sidelined, Kirk joined A.J. Green and Rondale Moore as the top wide receivers available to the Cardinals offense. And Kirk was working with Colt McCoy under center for a third straight game with Kyler Murray (ankle) out. The lacking production was notable after Kirk combined for a 13-149-0 line on 14 targets between Weeks 9 and 10, but each member of this receiving corps has had its highs and lows this season. Arizona has a Week 12 bye, so the offense as a whole could be back to normal by the time it takes the field again Sunday, Dec. 5 at Chicago.

Nov 22, 2021 9:12 PM EST

Makes seven grabs

Kirk caught seven of eight targets for 58 yards in Sunday's 34-10 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Kirk led Arizona in all major receiving categories with top wideout DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) sidelined. However, with star quarterback Kyler Murray (ankle) also out again, the Cardinals struggled mightily passing the ball, with signal-callers Colt McCoy and Chris Streveler managing just 143 yards combined. While Kirk has been productive within a short-handed offense lately, he'll hope Murray can return to the lineup in Week 11 versus the 49ers.

Nov 14, 2021 5:04 PM EST

Big day in big win

Kirk caught all six of his targets for 91 yards and completed a 33-yard pass in Sunday's 31-17 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: With DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) and A.J. Green (COVID-19) both out of the lineup, Kirk stepped up as the Cards' No. 1 receiver, leading the team in catches, targets and receiving yards. He also tossed a pass to Antione Wesley on a gadget play late in the first quarter that nearly went for a touchdown, but Wesley went out of bounds just shy of the goal line. Kirk has caught at least three passes in eight of nine games this season, giving him a fairly secure floor, but his role in the offense will depend on the availability of Hopkins and Green heading into a Week 10 clash with the Panthers.

Nov 7, 2021 8:56 PM EST

Four grabs in loss

Kirk secured four of six targets for 46 yards in the Cardinals' 24-21 loss to the Packers on Thursday night.

Analysis: Kirk checked in tied for second in receptions and was also the runner-up in targets on the night for the Cardinals in the disappointing upset loss. The fourth-year wideout has no fewer than four grabs in four consecutive contests, as he's continued to find moderate success while often facing third cornerbacks in his new role as a No. 3 wideout behind DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green. Kirk will look to continue producing in his steady complementary role during a Week 9 road matchup against the 49ers.

Oct 29, 2021 6:42 PM EST

Finds end zone again

Kirk caught four of five targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-5 win over the Texans.

Analysis: The fourth-year receiver remains on pace for a career year, despite the embarrassment of riches on the Arizona roster available for Kyler Murray to throw to. The 24-year-old is taking aim at 70 catches, 1,000 yards and 10 TDs, numbers he's never reached before, and even with Zach Ertz slotting in for Maxx Williams (knee) alongside DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green, Kirk should continue to make an impact for the Cardinals. He'll look to find the end zone for the third game in a row in Week 8 against the Packers.

Oct 24, 2021 8:31 PM EST

Scores TD in Sunday's win

Kirk caught five of eight targets for 75 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-14 win over the Browns.

Analysis: He led the Cards in targets while tying A.J. Green for the team lead in catches, and Kirk hauled in his third TD of the season to open the scoring midway through the first quarter. The fourth-year receiver is well on his way to a career year in Arizona's explosive offense, but Kirk may not be called on too often in Week 7 at home against a struggling Texans squad.

Oct 17, 2021 5:33 PM EST

Notches 50 yards from scrimmage

Kirk recorded five catches (on five targets) for 39 yards and one 11-yard carry during Sunday's 17-10 win versus the 49ers.

Analysis: Through five games, Kirk has caught 91.3 percent of his targets (21 of 23), and his yards per target (12.3) easily marks a career high to date. The primary problem in Arizona has been Kyler Murray's propensity to spread the ball around, as five different skill-position players have at least 23 targets, with all of DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green, Chase Edmonds and Rondale Moore in front of Kirk. Clearly, Kirk's efficiency will help him have more productive outings than not, and he'll have a good chance to produce next Sunday in what may be a back-and-forth road battle with the Browns.

Oct 10, 2021 7:21 PM EST

Receives just one target Sunday

Kirk gathered in his only target for five yards during Sunday's 37-20 road win versus the Rams.

Analysis: After opening the season with at least 65 yards receiving in each of Arizona's first three games of the campaign, Kirk barely impacted the box score Week 4, despite getting a season-high 72-percent share of the offensive snaps. Quarterback Kyler Murray has been keeping all of the team's key skill-position players regularly involved, with Kirk (18 targets) among six Cards with at least 16. Kirk is just four yards shy of A.J. Green's 248 through the air for the team lead, and he's also one of three with multiple TD catches. With another divisional battle with the 49ers on Sunday, Kirk will aim to get back to productive days.

Oct 4, 2021 7:28 PM EST

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

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