WR Christian Kirk - Arizona Cardinals
|5-11, 200||Born: 11-18-1996||College: Texas A&M||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2018|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Christian Kirk's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 17 vs LAR (10 / 7 / 60 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Kirk led the Cardinals in targets but Dan Arnold and Damiere Byrd stole the show for the Arizona passing game in the season finale. Kirk corralled a wow throw from Kyler Murray down the seam for his biggest gain, but was stuffed on his typical yards-after-the-catch opportunities with two screens, one in the red zone. Kirk's year was a successful one but lacking the breakout potential considering his quality moments in 2018 as a rookie. Arizona may be in the market for a receiver even if Larry Fitzgerald is back with the team next season.
2019 Week 16 vs SEA (5 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Kirk played without restriction after being a game-time decision entering Sunday. Kirk had two near-impressive plays with a close sideline reception and later a 25+ yard reception of impressive nature challenged and overturned with replay. Kirk had an ugly third-down drop before getting in the box score with a positive play of a reverse rush for nearly 10 yards.
2019 Week 15 vs CLE (5 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec, 1 / 28 / 0 rush)
Kirk had a muted pass-catching day against the Browns with a wide-open slant as his best gain but did add a long end zone defensive pass interference upon review to aid Arizona's offense. Kirk also contributed nearly 30 yards on an end-around run with great blocking. Touchdowns have eluded Kirk this season with only one game finding the end zone (albeit three times in a career day against Tampa Bay in Week 10) with otherwise tepid numbers.
2019 Week 14 vs PIT (9 / 8 / 85 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Kirk led the Cardinals in targets with nine and was the lone Arizona receiver to find any room against the Steelers' strong defense. Kirk was invisible in the first quarter but sprung to life with a deep over route for more than 30 yards as his highlight play and added a low grab on a third-down conversion. Kirk had three touchdown opportunities on red zone receivers but was stuffed on a screen and a goal-line touch pass of note.
2019 Week 13 vs LAR (7 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Despite seeing seven targets, Kirk was nearly shut out against the Rams, finally getting on the stat sheet in the fourth quarter. Kirk logged three non-descript receptions in the final quarter, all held to minimal yardage in arguably Kirk's worst game of the season. The schedule stays tough for Kirk to rebound with the Steelers and Browns up next.
2019 Week 11 vs SF (9 / 6 / 41 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Kirk's impact against the 49ers went beyond the box score as the second-year receiver drew three defensive pass interference penalty, two down the field and another on third down. Kirk added a third-down drop to his performance, making for a tepid stat line despite a hearty nine targets and coming off a three-touchdown effort against the Buccaneers last week. The 49ers held Kirk in check in their previous meeting as well with Kirk totaling 6-49-0 on 14 targets against their divisional foe this season.
2019 Week 10 vs TB (10 / 6 / 138 / 3 rec)
Kirk had a career day against Tampa Bay, seeing a team-high 10 targets and breaking his scoreless streak on the season with three touchdowns. Kirk did not get started until the late first quarter but was unstoppable over the final two quarters and change with two long touchdowns and adding a seam touchdown off a tipped pass. Kirk also added a fourth-down defensive pass interference penalty in the closing seconds to keep Arizona's comeback hopes alive. Kirk was stifled against the 49ers two weeks ago and get San Francisco again in Week 11.
2019 Week 9 vs SF (5 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Kirk led the team in targets but with a paltry five looks as Arizona's play count sagged as the 49ers controlled the game in the Week 9 home loss. Kirk was stuffed on a screen pass and Kyler Murray missed a wide open Kirk on a third-down target. Kirk showed speed to the corner on an end-around rush, his lone play of note in the game. The Buccaneers offer an ideal rebound matchup in Week 10.
2019 Week 8 vs NO (11 / 8 / 79 / 0 rec, 1 / 19 / 0 rush)
Kirk returned to the Cardinals lineup after a three-game absence to a hearty 33% team target share. Kirk did not see a target until the mid-second quarter, but more than doubled any other Arizona player in terms of targets. Kirk excelled in the short-to-intermediate game on hitches, slants, and comeback routes, but also added a big-play opportunity on a long pass if not for an inaccurate throw from Kyler Murray. Kirk added a 19-yard end-around rush to his successful day. The 49ers offer a substantial test for the second-year receiver in Week 9.
2019 Week 4 vs SEA (5 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Kirk saw an early season-low five targets against Seattle as the Arizona passing game as a whole struggled in the home loss. Two of Kirk's receptions came in clear garbage time and a deep comeback route earlier in the game, Kirk's biggest play, was called back of offensive pass interference. Kirk looks to rebound against Cincinnati in Week 5, a pass defense which as struggled after quality slot and after-the-catch options this season. Kirk suffered an ankle injury late in the game that could sideline him.
2019 Week 3 vs CAR (12 / 10 / 59 / 0 rec)
Kirk has been a target vacuum over the first three weeks of the season and Week 3 against Carolina was no exception with a hearty 12 targets. Kirk added yards after the catch on several occasions including breaking a tackle on a screen pass, turning upfield after a hitch route and turning crossing routes and jet sweeps into additional yardage. Kirk's lone downfield opportunity was a perfect throw by Kyler Murray which Kirk surprisingly dropped as Arizona's passing game struggled to press Carolina's secondary most of the game.
2019 Week 2 vs BAL (8 / 6 / 114 / 0 rec)
After a sluggish Week 1 on 12 targets, Kirk turned into an impact player against Baltimore this week. Kirk made two adjustments to the ball, a rare inaccurate throw from Kyler Murray and another on a back-shoulder seam reception to highlight his performance. Murray also delivered a perfect deep corner route to Kirk for more than 30 yards. Kirk nearly added a touchdown as he took a swing pass down to the one-yard-line. Kirk has clearly been a top target (along with Larry Fitzgerald) in the Cardinals' wide receiver-centric offense through two weeks.
2019 Week 1 vs DET (12 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
Kirk collected 12 targets against Detroit, a hearty 22% of the team total. However, Kirk and Kyler Murray were not on the same page for many of the pair's possible connections. Kirk was wide open on a slot fade route, which Murray missed high, one of his most glaring misses of the game. They did connection on a key third-down slant in overtime and a game-tying two-point conversion in the closing seconds of regulation. Kirk was buried in behind Larry Fitzgerald in production this week, but the usage and upside were present with quickly developing Kyler Murray.
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