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WR Christian Kirk - Arizona Cardinals

5-11, 200Born: 11-18-1996College: Texas A&MDrafted: Round 2, pick

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General News (Thu Sep 20): did not practice on Thursday.

Week 3: vs Chicago Bears

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Cardinals offense is coming off a couple forgettable outings, including a shut-out at the hands of the Rams last week. This unit is last in the league in both total offense and passing yards with basically no signs of improvement on the horizon. Sam Bradford has played very poorly in two starts, averaging just 4.0 yards per completion with three turnovers and no touchdowns. While he has completed just over 60% of his passes, he has consistently been missing receivers and making bad decisions. The ageless Larry Fitzgerald is one bright spot for this passing offense, but he was sidelined for part of last week's game with a hamstring injury. Fitzgerald is a generational talent at his position, but his performance is limited by the poor play of Bradford. David Johnson is one of the most talented pass-catching running backs in the league, but his usage this season has been very questionable--especially last week where he was targeted only three times in what should have been a pass-heavy game script. The Cardinals coaching staff has been quoted this week indicating Johnson will be more involved in the passing attack, especially out of the slot, but this coach speak will need to be proven on the field based on what we have seen from this offense thus far. The Bears passing defense is headlined by their outstanding performances rushing opposing passers this season. Leading the league with 10 sacks, this unit applies pressure from all over the field with well-timed blitzes to help mix things up for opposing offenses. Their stats are certainly inflated with the six sacks racked up against a Seattle offensive line deprived of talent, but the Bears certainly have no shortage of impact players to make plays for them. Most notably, Khalil Mack has been an immediate success in his first two games with the Bears. Mack is a mismatch for the majority of offensive linemen he could square off against, including this week as he has a significant advantage over backup right tackle John Wetzel. After what Mack did against Seattle right tackle Germain Ifedi last week, he could very well make Wetzel (or Andre Smith, if healthy) look similarly silly. The Bears secondary has played well this season, with Prince Amukamara having a solid game last week. The main matchup to note here is Larry Fitzgerald squaring off against Bryce Callahan from the slot. Callahan has played well this season while Fitzgerald could be limited with his hamstring injury. As the primary option for the Cardinals passing offense, it is not exactly a juicy matchup to target for Fitzgerald.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs WAS 45 0 0 0 2 1 4 0 0 0.4
2 at LAR 31 0 0 0 5 4 27 0 0 2.7
3 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3 * * * *
3 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 2 * * * *
3 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Christian Kirk's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 2 vs LAR (5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)

Kirk was second on the team in receiving yards against the Rams, but with only 90 team yards through the air, it is a hollow victory for the rookie receiver. The Cardinals struggled mightily on offense, rarely stringing together successful plays or challenging the Rams beyond the first down marker. Kirk flashed on the ability side, but it did not stack up to a strong box score result. Kirk converted a rare third down for Arizona with an in-cut reception and churned out strong yards-after-catch on a slot screen but was stopped just short of the first down. Kirk also made a great catch away from his body and maintained control through a big hit. Outside of Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk, there has been minimal wide receiver presence in Arizona's offense through two games.

2018 Week 1 vs WAS (2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Kirk saw a strong snap share as the third wide receiver for Arizona; however, he saw a mere two targets. One was a slant route well short of the first down marker on an early-game third down. Kirk was targeted on a two-point conversion attempt, but well covered and overthrown by Sam Bradford. Kirk's biggest impact came on special teams with a long punt return to keep Arizona's comeback chances on life support in the second half.

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Latest News

Cardinals | Christian Kirk misses practice (Thu Sep 20, 06:10 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (back) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 20.

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Cardinals | Christian Kirk catches four (Mon Sep 17, 01:28 AM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk posted four receptions for 27 yards against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2.

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Cardinals | More usage for Arizona WRs? (Sat Sep 15, 07:30 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WRs Christian Kirk and Chad Williams anticipate seeing more targets in Week 2 after combining for just five said targets last week. Head coach Steve Willks said the Cardinals need to spread it around more in the passing game.

Our View: Neither of these players are worth a roster spot until the Cardinals offense gets it together, but if they are making more of an impact, it will help David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald meet expectations.
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Schedule

3vs Chicago Bears
4vs Seattle Seahawks
5@ San Francisco 49ers
6@ Minnesota Vikings
7vs Denver Broncos
8vs San Francisco 49ers
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Kansas City Chiefs
11vs Oakland Raiders
12@ Los Angeles Chargers
13@ Green Bay Packers
14vs Detroit Lions
15@ Atlanta Falcons
16vs Los Angeles Rams
17@ Seattle Seahawks