|Team:||New Orleans Saints|
|Ht / Wt:||6'3" / 222 lb.|
|Born:||December 26, 1993|
|Drafted:||2018 / UDFA|
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kirkwood (hamstring) has officially been placed on injured reserve, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com 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.
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.
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.
Kirkwood (undisclosed) will not suit up for Sunday's preseason game against the Chargers, Herbie Teope of Nola.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
Kirkwood was limited by an undisclosed injury at June minicamp, Rod Walker of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Analysis: Kirkwood caught on with New Orleans as an undrafted rookie last season, catching 13 of 21 targets for 209 yards and two touchdowns in eight games. He even enjoyed a stretch of time as the team's No. 3 receiver, but now he'll need to battle for the fourth or fifth spot behind Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn and Tre'Quan Smith. The list of candidates for depth roles at wide receiver includes Rishard Matthews, Cameron Meredith (knee), Austin Carr and Simmie Cobbs.
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.
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