Keith Kirkwood

Carolina Panthers
Wide Receiver #5
Carolina Panthers
Wide Receiver #5

Keith Kirkwood News

Returns to practice squad

Kirkwood reverted to the Panthers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Kirkwood was active for third time this season in Week 18, as he filled in for the absence of Shi Smith (illness) and Terrace Marshall (foot). He did not record a reception but was targeted once on 10 offensive snaps. Kirkwood ends the campaign with three receptions for 17 yards, his best totals since his rookie season in 2018.

Jan 10, 2022 8:14 PM EST


Elevated for finale

Kirkwood was elevated from the Panthers' practice squad Saturday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: Kirkwood hasn't been active since Week 8, but with Shi Smith (illness) likely sidelined and Robby Anderson (quadriceps) questionable, the team is in need of depth at wide receiver. Even with those potential absences, Kirkwood is likely to work behind at least DJ Moore and Brandon Zylstra.

Jan 8, 2022 2:14 PM EST



Sent back to practice squad

Kirkwood was reverted to the Panthers practice squad Monday.

Analysis: Kirkwood was called upon with Terrace Marshall (concussion) unable to play Sunday against the Falcons. Kirkwood played 47 percent of the Panthers offensive snaps, filing in behind only D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson in the Panthers' wide receiver group. Despite the abundance of snaps, Kirkwood only had one target, which he was unable to catch. If Marshall is unable to go Week 9 against the Giants, Kirkwood will hope to be called upon again.

Nov 1, 2021 6:22 PM EST


Moves to active roster

The Panthers elevated Kirkwood on Saturday.

Analysis: Kirkwood made his first appearance of the season last week, catching three of five passes for a total of 17 yards in the loss to the Giants. The fourth-year wide receiver saw 27 of the 64 offensive snaps in the aforementioned contest with nominal No. 3 wideout, Terrace Marshall, out with a concussion and given Marshall will be once again unable to suit up Sunday, Kirkwood could be in line for a similar workload.

Oct 30, 2021 10:11 AM EST


Returns to practice squad

Kirkwood reverted to Carolina's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Kirkwood hauled in his first three catches of the season in Week 7 against the Giants, logging 29 of his team's 64 offensive snaps in the loss. He was also on the field for 10 special teams snaps.

Oct 25, 2021 7:46 PM EST



Catches three passes

Kirkwood caught three of five targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 25-3 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Kirkwood was activated with fellow wideout Terrace Marshall (concussion) sidelined. In his first action of 2021, the veteran finished third on the Panthers in receiving yards, but his total was underwhelming overall. Kirkwood's status for Week 8 versus the Falcons could depend on Marshall's availability, but the depth receiving role in a struggling Panthers offense doesn't coincide with much fantasy value anyway.

Oct 25, 2021 8:01 AM EST


Elevated by Carolina

Kirkwood was elevated from the Panthers' practice squad Saturday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: Kirkwood made just one appearance during the 2020 campaign and hauled in one of two targets for 13 yards. He'll serve as depth at wide receiver while Terrace Marshall (concussion) is out.

Oct 23, 2021 2:01 PM EST


Waived by Carolina

The Panthers waived Kirkwood on Tuesday, Darin Gantt of Panthers.com reports.

Analysis: Kirkwood suffered a severe concussion during a training-camp practice, causing him to be taken off the field on a stretcher and immediately sent to the hospital. The move was made without an injury designation, so it appears that he has fully healed from the incident. Kirkwood caught one of two targets for 13 yards during his lone regular-season appearance in 2020 and will likely land on a practice squad during the 2021 campaign.

Aug 31, 2021 11:56 AM EST


Out of the hospital

Kirkwood (concussion) has been released from the hospital Tuesday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Kirkwood was taken off the practice field via a stretched Tuesday after a collision, and early signs about his recovery have been positive. Per Steve Reed of the Associated Press, Kirkwood has been diagnosed with a concussion and has returned to team facilities.

Aug 3, 2021 11:55 AM EST


Early signs are positive

The early signs on Kirkwood's condition are positive after the wideout was taken off the field on a stretcher Tuesday in the wake of a collision during practice, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: At this stage, it's uncertain how much time Kirkwood might miss, but coach Matt Rhule relayed afterward that the receiver had movement in his extremities and wasn't dealing with pain in his neck area. Kirkwood who caught one of two targets for 13 yards during his lone regular-season appearance on 2020, is in the mix for a depth slot in the Panthers' WR corps.

Aug 3, 2021 10:05 AM EST


Sticking in Carolina

The Panthers re-signed Kirkwood (shoulder) to a one-year deal Monday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Kirkwood only appeared in one contest in 2020, in which he secured one of two targets for 13 yards. He spent most of the season rehabbing from a broken clavicle, which he subsequently re-injured after briefly returning to the lineup Week 6. As a rookie with the Saints back in 2018, Kirkwood had 13 grabs for 209 yards and two scores (all career-high marks) across eight games.

Feb 22, 2021 10:00 AM EST


Designated for IR

The Panthers placed Kirkwood (shoulder) on injured reserve Tuesday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Kirkwood spent the first five weeks on IR with a broken clavicle before making his season debut in this past Sunday's loss to the Bears, logging a 51 percent snap share and hauling in one of two targets for 13 yards. The 26-year-old wideout re-injured his left clavicle during the game and will be shut down until a Week 10 matchup against the Buccaneers, at the earliest.

Oct 20, 2020 1:33 PM EST


Makes season debut

Kirkwood caught one of two targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: Kirkwood made his team debut after missing Carolina's first five games with a broken collarbone. Although he only managed one catch, making minimal impact from a statistical standpoint, it's notable that Kirkwood featured for over half of the Panthers' offensive snaps, trailing only DJ Moore and Robby Anderson among wideouts.

Oct 19, 2020 6:29 AM EST


Officially activated

Kirkwood (shoulder) was officially activated off the Panthers' injured reserve Saturday, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Analysis: Kirkwood suffered a broken clavicle during training camp and has yet to make his debut with Carolina as a result. He is now set to help add depth at receiver for the team, while also potentially contributing on special teams.

Oct 17, 2020 9:18 AM EST


To be activated from IR

Kirkwood (shoulder) is expected to be activated from injured reserve this week, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The former Saint has yet to make his debut for Carolina, after sustaining a broken clavicle during training camp. He was designated to return from injured reserve Sept. 30 upon resuming practice participation, beginning the three-week clock for the Panthers to either place him on season-ending IR or to bring him onto the active roster. Carolina elected for the latter option, meaning that Kirkwood will add wide receiver depth for the Panthers' top-five passing attack.

Oct 15, 2020 4:48 PM EST


Designated to return

Kirkwood (shoulder) is participating in Wednesday's practice, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: The Panthers now have a 21-day window to decide whether to bring Kirkwood to the active roster or allow him to revert to season-ending IR. He'll play a depth role at wideout if activated.

Sep 30, 2020 10:32 AM EST


Begins season on IR

The Panthers placed Kirkwood (shoulder) on injured reserve Monday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Kirkwood suffered a broken clavicle during training camp and underwent surgery to repair the injury. The 26-year-old receiver won't be eligible to return until the Panthers' Week 4 game versus the Cardinals, which will take place nearly seven weeks after Kirkwood suffered his injury.

Sep 7, 2020 10:39 AM EST


Breaks clavicle

Kirkwood broke his clavicle at Sunday's practice, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After undergoing surgery, Kirkwood "will be out several weeks", per Bill Voth of the team's official site. Like the Panthers' new starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Kirkwood spent the last two seasons with the Saints. However, Kirkwood's lacking production -- all 13 of his career catches occurred in 2018 -- implies he only has a practice rapport with Bridgewater. Kirkwood's current injury also doesn't help his case for regular-season reps, but at least Week 1 is four weeks in the future, which may give him enough time to get healthy.

Aug 16, 2020 12:22 PM EST


Familiarity in Carolina

Kirkwood (hamstring) has familiarity with Panthers wide receiver coach Frisman Jackson, fellow wideout Robby Anderson and QB Teddy Bridgewater, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Kirkwood spent the past two seasons in New Orleans along with Bridgewater, while Jackson was his position coach for two of his collegiate seasons at Temple, where Anderson also played. The 26-year-old was limited to only one game last year due to the hamstring issues before signing with the Panthers this offseason, and he figures to compete with Seth Roberts and Pharoh Cooper for the No. 4 spot on the depth chart in camp.

Jun 24, 2020 3:59 PM EST


Follows Bridgewater to Carolina

Kirkwood (hamstring) signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Kirkwood will follow quarterback Teddy Bridgewater from New Orleans to Carolina, placing himself in a wide receiver corps led by D.J. Moore (concussion) and Curtis Samuel. The 27-year-old was limited to just one game in 2019 due to a hamstring injury, but when fully healthy he stands to be in the mix to compete for the Panthers' No. 3 or No. 4 receiver gig.

Mar 19, 2020 12:42 PM EST


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