The MMQB's Albert Breer hears that Christian Kirk was the most impressive WR in Arizona this spring. The 47th overall pick of last year's draft had a quietly strong rookie campaign, hauling in 43 of 68 targets (63.2%) for 590 yards (13.7 YPC) and 3 scores in 12 games. Kirk ranked 35th in yards per route run among 79 WRs with 50+ targets last year -- despite playing on a Cardinals passing game that generally struggled. Teammate Larry Fitzgerald, by comparison, ranked 54th in yards per route run. We wondered if new HC Kliff Kingsbury saw Kirk as a fit in his offense after Arizona added 3 WRs in this year's draft, but the early returns for Kirk are promising. He's a 2019 breakout candidate in what should be a much better Cardinals offense.
The Cardinals have placed WR Christian Kirk on IR with a broken foot. It ends a promising rookie campaign that saw the 2nd-rounder haul in 61% of his targets and average 13.7 yards per catch in a mostly dysfunctional passing game. With WR Larry Fitzgerald getting no younger, Kirk should play an expanded role in 2019. And hopefully QB Josh Rosen takes a step forward. Foot injuries can be tricky to recover from, though, so we'll need to keep an eye on that this offseason.
Cardinals HC Steve Wilks said Wednesday that WR Christian Kirk has "somewhat" played himself into the mix for the #2 WR job. That's not exactly a ringing endorsement. Kirk has caught 6 balls for 58 yards and a score through 2 preseason games, but he hasn't played many snaps with the 1st-team offense. The rookie has run most of his routes from the slot with the 2nd-team. Larry Fitzgerald is obviously locked in as Arizona's primary slot guy this year, so Kirk will need to start getting work on the outside if he's going to make a 2018 impact. He's not worth a pick in redraft leagues right now. Chad Williams and Brice Butler look like better bets to open the season as the Cardinals' #2 WR.
The Cardinals’ initial (“unofficial”) depth chart lists rookie WR Christian Kirk as a 3rd-teamer. Arizona lists Larry Fitzgerald and Brice Butler as starters, with J.J. Nelson and Chad Williams behind them. We’d bet on Kirk climbing from there, but it’s at least a reminder that he has work to do.
Charges against Cardinals WR Christian Kirk have been dropped. He was arrested on February 3 at the Phoenix Open golf tournament after he was spotted breaking a car window. Kirk has paid for the damages, and this should be the last we hear of this story. The rookie has a shot to carve out a significant role in Arizona this season and is worth a look near the end of fantasy drafts.