Kirk Merritt

Miami Dolphins
Wide Receiver #83
Miami Dolphins
Wide Receiver #83

Kirk Merritt News

Inks future contract

The Dolphins signed Merritt to a reserve/future contract Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Merritt appeared in one game with the Dolphins in 2020, a Week 9 matchup against the Cardinals in which he wasn't targeted. Otherwise, he spent most of the year on Miami's practice squad. He'll work to continue his development with the team during the offseason.

Jan 6, 2021 3:04 PM EST

Lands on practice squad

Merritt reverted back to Miami's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Merritt was brought up from the practice squad ahead of Week 17, but he was ultimately inactive. He appeared in one game this season, playing seven snaps on special teams and one on offense.

Jan 4, 2021 8:51 PM EST

Coming up from practice squad

Merritt was activated as a COVID-19 replacement for Sunday afternoon's road trip to take on the Bills.

Analysis: Miami will be without Ryan Fitzpatrick for Week 17 given his positive COVID-19 result from Thursday. Merritt swings up to the active roster as a late addition, aligning the 23-year-old for his second game appearance of 2020. He fielded one snap on offense and seven more on special teams during his NFL debut Week 9 against Arizona.

Dec 31, 2020 4:16 PM EST

Clears COVID-19 protocols

Merrit was restored from the practice squad COVID-19 list Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Merritt's eligible to return to team activities. The Arkansas State standout has played one game this season, sticking almost exclusively to special teams.

Dec 18, 2020 3:13 PM EST

In COVID-19 protocol

Merritt was placed on the practice squad COVID-19 list Tuesday, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Merritt either tested positive for the virus or came into close contact with an infected person. He'll need to clear the league's protocols before returning to the Dolphins' scout team.

Dec 15, 2020 4:49 PM EST

Shipped back to practice squad

Merritt reverted to the Dolphins' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Merritt only reached the field for a total of seven special-teams snaps and one offensive snap during Sunday's 34-31 win over the Cardinals, failing to make a statistical contribution on a limited workload. With his NFL debut now in hand, the undrafted rookie from Arkansas State shifts his focus on earning another trip to the active roster in the near future. With Preston Williams (foot) deemed day-to-day, and Lynn Bowden currently residing on the reserve/COVID-19 list, there remains a possibility Merritt will be back in the mix for an active roster spot Week 10 against the Chargers.

Nov 9, 2020 6:40 PM EST

Rises from practice squad

The Dolphins elevated Merritt to the active roster Saturday.

Analysis: The undrafted rookie will make his NFL debut Sunday against the Cardinals, as the Dolphins need depth at wide receiver after trading away Isaiah Ford and placing Lynn Bowden on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week. Merritt was quite productive in his final season at Arkansas State, producing 70 receptions for 806 yards and 12 touchdowns. He's expected to be the No. 6 wideout on Miami's depth chart.

Nov 7, 2020 3:01 PM EST

Heads to waivers

The Dolphins waived Merritt on Friday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: The undrafted rookie out of Arkansas State enjoyed impressive collegiate production with 153 receptions for 1,811 yards and 19 touchdowns over his final two seasons, but he couldn't secure a roster spot in Miami. If he clears waivers, the Dolphins intend to keep him on the practice squad.

Sep 4, 2020 6:19 PM EST

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