|Ht / Wt:||6'3" / 222 lb.|
|Born:||December 26, 1993|
|Drafted:||2018 / UDFA|
Kirkwood (calf) returned to workouts within days of the Saints' season-ending playoff loss to the Rams, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Kirkwood showed promise as a rookie in 2018, catching 13 passes for 209 yards and two scores -- including four catches of at least 20 yards and not including another score he corralled in the Saints' divisional-round victory over Philadelphia. The undrafted Temple product unfortunately strained his calf during that game against the Eagles, though, and he was consequently unable to practice all week ahead of the NFC Championship Game against Los Angeles. However, Kirkwood's quick return to workouts suggests the aforementioned strain won't affect his availability for New Orleans' offseason workout program this spring.
Kirkwood (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Rams.
Analysis: Kirkwood was unable to practice all week due to a calf injury, which will sideline him for the Saints' biggest outing of the season to date. With the undrafted rookie out of commission, the offense will rely on Ted Ginn, Tre'Quan Smith, Tommylee Lewis and perhaps even Austin Carr to round out the receiving corps behind top option Michael Thomas.
Kirkwood (calf) was held out of practice Thursday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: In the second half of the campaign, Kirkwood has worked his way into the wideout rotation, culminating with a season-high 69 percent of the offensive snaps during the Saints' divisional-round win against the Eagles. The team's training staff may be exercising caution with the undrafted rookie, but his listing on Friday's injury report will be interesting to note as New Orleans prepares to host the Rams in the NFC Championship Game.
Kirkwood was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice report due to a calf injury, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Kirkwood has been a regular presence in the Saints offense since Week 10, but aside from three visits to the end zone across nine contests, including in the divisional-round win against the Eagles, he hasn't made much of an impact in the box score. The undrafted rookie has two more chances to prove the health of his calf prior to Sunday's NFC Championship Game versus the Rams.
Kirkwood had 13 catches on 21 targets for 209 yards and two touchdowns in eight games in 2018.
Analysis: An undrafted free agent from Temple, Kirkwood impressed the Saints coaching staff during training camp but was unable to crack the team's active roster. The rookie receiver spent the first half of the season on the Saints' practice squad, but upon being first activated in Week 10, Kirkwood immediately took over as the team's primary slot receiver. While his final statistics were nothing special, Kirkwood has good size at 6-foot-3 and the trust of Drew Brees and the Saints coaches, as he averaged 36 snaps per game in Weeks 15 and 16. With the team limiting his playing time in the meaningless Week 17 finale, it's clear that the Saints view him as an important piece to their title hopes and perhaps a key cog in their 2019 receiving corps.
Kirkwood hauled in two of his four targets to total 35 yards in Sunday's 31-28 win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Despite the return of Ted Ginn, Kirkwood continued to see his snap total climb as he took the field on a season-best 38 offensive plays. That led to four targets, his highest mark since Week 11 -- his second NFL game. With the Saints clinching the number one seed in the NFC, playmakers such as Michael Thomas may see a limited role in Week 17 against the Panthers, opening up the possibility of an increased target share for Kirkwood.
Kirkwood had two receptions for 40 yards in Monday night's win against the Panthers.
Analysis: A week after playing his fewest snaps since being first activated in Week 10, Kirwood tied a career-high with 34 snaps in a chippy Monday night affair in Carolina. Still, the rookie receiver saw just two targets and has yet to top 45 yards in a game. Kirkwood is an interesting player in dynasty leagues, but he probably does not need to be owned in most fantasy leagues.
Kirkwood caught two passes for 21 yards in Sunday's win against the Buccaneers.
Analysis: The rookie receiver was targeted twice, as Kirkwood played just 22 of the team's 64 offensive snaps - his fewest since being first activated in Week 10. While Kirkwood has the leg up in the slot-receiver competition, he is still splitting time with Austin Carr (14 snaps) and Tommylee Lewis (13 snaps), limiting his upside. As a result, Kirkwood may be worth a flyer in deeper dynasty leagues, or even daily formats, but he's not a recommended play in most formats.
Kirkwood caught one pass for a five-yard touchdown in Thursday's win over the Falcons.
Analysis: Kirkwood caught only one of his three targets but it was a memorable one for the undrafted free agent, who scored his first career touchdown. While he was otherwise quiet in the box score, Kirkwood played 30 of the Saints' 57 offensive snaps on Thanksgiving Day, as the slot receiver continues to earn significant playing time. Brandon Marshall was inactive again, and it remains to be seen if the veteran will siphon playing time from the rookie once he gets up to speed. In the meantime, however, Kirkwood may be worth a flier in deeper fantasy leagues given his expanding role in the high-powered Saints offense.
Kirkwood caught three-of-five targets for 33 yards in Sunday's win against the Eagles.
Analysis: Kirkwood, active for just the second time all season, split time out of the slot with second-year pro Austin Carr. In both his games, however, Kirkwood has played well, as the undrafted rookie from Temple had two catches for 45 yards in his NFL debut in Week 10 against the Bengals. While the Saints signed free agent receiver Brandon Marshall last week, if Kirkwood continues to impress, the staff could decide it's in the team's best interest to play the rookie over the seasoned veteran. As a result, Kirkwood may be worth a flier in deeper leagues in the event he's able to carve out a role in the high-scoring New Orleans offense.
Kirkwood caught both of his targets for 45 yards in Sunday's win against the Bengals.
Analysis: Making his NFL debut after being promoted from the practice squad, Kirkwood played 34 of the Saints' 75 offensive snaps. The rookie's promotion was no coincidence, as the Saints placed both Cameron Meredith (knee) and Dez Bryant (Achilles) on injured reserve earlier in the week. An undrafted rookie out of Temple, Kirkwood has good size at 6-foot-3 and impressed throughout training camp. While he will likely split playing time with Austin Carr, Kirkwood may be worth a flier in deeper leagues, as he could emerge as a solid option out of the slot if the team does not elect to sign a free-agent receiver.
Kirkwood was activated from the practice squad to the active roster Saturday, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Analysis: Kirkwood originally signed with New Orleans in April. This news comes on the heels of the injury Dez Bryant (Achilles) sustained at practice Friday, but it seems that this move was meant to happen before then.
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