Keith Kirkwood

New Orleans Saints
Wide Receiver #5
New Orleans Saints
Wide Receiver #5

Keith Kirkwood News

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

Season over

Kirkwood (hamstring) will not return this season, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Kirwood's season is over after New Orleans elected not to activate him. Kirkwood returned to practice in mid-November but failed to show enough to convince the Saints to add him back to the active roster. He suffered a serious hamstring injury back in Week 1.

Dec 4, 2019 2:18 PM EST

Designated to return from IR

Kirkwood (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, opening a three-week window for the Saints to activate him from IR, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Kirkwood suffered a serious hamstring injury Week 1 against the Texans, but he's made the necessary strides in recovery. The Saints have until Dec. 4 to activate Kirkwood from IR. However, the 26-year-old wideout is eligible to be activated as soon as Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, although Kirkwood would need to respond superbly to the practice week for that to happen.

Nov 13, 2019 4:10 PM EST

Could return this year

Coach Sean Payton said Kirkwood (hamstring) is "doing well," Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. "He's been moving well and running well," Payton said. "We'll keep paying attention to that and keep working with him and getting him to where he's able to play."

Analysis: It sounds like Kirkwood has a shot to return this season. The 25-year-old receiver has been on injured reserve since Week 3, and he's eligible to be activated from IR before Week 13's matchup against the Falcons. Kirkwood contributed 15 catches for 217 yards and three touchdowns over nine games last year, including one playoff contest, so he could add solid depth upon return.

Nov 13, 2019 10:17 AM EST

Lands on IR

Kirkwood (hamstring) has officially been placed on injured reserve, Mike Triplett of reports.

Analysis: Kirkwood injured his hamstring during pregame warm ups prior to Sunday's loss to the Rams. The second year pass-catcher made an impression as an undrafted rookie last year, but was still just looking like a depth receiver entering 2019. His absence figures to open up a bigger opportunity for Austin Carr, especially if Tre'Quan Smith (ankle) is forced to miss an extended period of time.

Sep 17, 2019 5:40 PM EST

Hurt in pregame

Kirkwood suffered a hamstring injury in pregame warmups and won't play in Sunday's game against the Rams, Christopher Dabe of Sports Illustrated reports.

Analysis: Kirkwood was slated for a depth role in a rematch of last season's NFC Championship, but as evidenced by this news, won't be able to play. With the Temple product now sidelined, Deonte Harris will slide into the fourth-receiver role for the contest.

Sep 15, 2019 1:34 PM EST

Sees two targets

Kirkwood (undisclosed) caught one of two targets for 11 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Jets.

Analysis: Kirkwood battled the undisclosed injury throughout training camp and sat out the first two preseason contests, but he appears healthy after playing 18 snaps Saturday. The 25-year-old caught 13 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns in eight games during his rookie season.

Aug 29, 2019 10:09 AM EST

Out for Sunday's game

Kirkwood (undisclosed) will not suit up for Sunday's preseason game against the Chargers, Herbie Teope of reports.

Analysis: Kirkwood has missed the better part of two weeks and the first preseason game dealing with an undislcosed injury. It's still unclear how long he'll be out for, but in his stead, Simmie Cobbs and Austin Carr could see an increase in reps for Sunday's contest.

Aug 18, 2019 1:16 PM EST

Back practicing Thursday

Kirkwood (undisclosed) returned to practice Thursday, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

Analysis: Kirkwood missed about two weeks of practice and the team's preseason opener due. He'll need to return to form quickly if he's going to secure a depth receiver role for New Orleans once again in 2019.

Aug 15, 2019 4:00 PM EST

Remains sidelind

Kirkwood hasn't practiced in the last week due to an undisclosed injury, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

Analysis: Kirkwood looked strong to start camp but the longer he remains out the harder it will be for him to secure a role with the team to start the season. He should be considered questionable for the time being until more information is available. His absence will continue to mean increased reps for Austin Carr, Simmie Cobbs, and Emmanuel Butler.

Aug 11, 2019 8:45 AM EST

Strong start to camp

Kirkwood (undisclosed) has looked impressive during the first days of training camp, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Kirkwood appears to be taking full advantage of the absence of top wideout Michael Thomas (contract dispute). The second-year pro, who latched on with the Saints as an undrafted rookie last season, logged 13 catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie. Kirkwood was limited during minicamp with an undisclosed injury, but appears to have returned to full health.

Jul 27, 2019 11:39 AM EST

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