WR Christian Kirk - Arizona Cardinals
|5-11, 200||Born: 11-18-1996||College: Texas A&M||Drafted: Round 2, pick 47 (2018)|
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.
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 3 vs CHI (8 / 7 / 90 / 0 rec)
While Arizona is 0-3, lost an early lead against Chicago, and faces a needed quarterback change, one bright spot was Kirk enjoying a career day. Kirk doubled the targets of any other Arizona player and nearly three times the yardage. Kirk succeeded on a variety of routes, including a comeback, seam, crosser, hitch, in-cut, and out route covering much of the route tree in the process. With Josh Rosen likely under center going forward, Kirk is the young receiver to develop a long-lasting chemistry as focal points of the offense.
2018 Week 4 vs SEA (5 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
After Kirk's breakout Week 3 (90 yards), he led Arizona with four catches against the Seahawks. On the positive side, Kirk ran a variety of routes and showed yards-after-catch acumen with a third down screen conversion and on a speed crossing route. Kirk also drew a defensive pass interference penalty on a deep end zone target beyond the box score. Kirk did drop a pass to prevent a bigger game. With Josh Rosen under the center, the entire offense saw a boost in Week 4. Kirk will see a much better matchup in Week 5 against the vulnerable San Francisco secondary.
2018 Week 5 vs SF (4 / 3 / 85 / 1 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Kirk got the Arizona offense off to an explosive start with a long catch-and-run touchdown, exploiting a bad angle by a 49ers safety. Kirk was relatively quiet outside of the early-game splash, however, stuffed on a slot screen and having a long reception called back by a Ricky Seals-Jones offensive pass interference. Kirk helped ice the game with a jet sweep rushing conversion in the closing minute.
2018 Week 6 vs MIN (7 / 6 / 77 / 0 rec)
Kirk led Arizona in receiving yards against the Vikings, posting his third quality performance in the past month. Kirk's usage was a mix of quick game targets and deeper routes, including a deep post and seam reception as highlight moments. The chemistry and trust with Josh Rosen is strong and with Larry Fitzgerald waning in his interior usage, Kirk is vital to Arizona moving the ball through the air. Kirk showed his after-the-catch ability again this week with nice moves following a screen for 10 yards. Kirk's lone target which was not caught was the result of a drop, not an inaccurate pass by Josh Rosen.
2018 Week 7 vs DEN (6 / 3 / 57 / 0 rec)
Kirk produced his fourth game of 50 or more yards this season against the Broncos as a bright spot for Arizona's struggling offense. Kirk has worked outside with Larry Fitzgerald in the slot, seeing success on intermediate in-breaking routes as his go-to chemistry with Josh Rosen. Tight coverage tipped away two of Kirk's targets and Rosen threw a long interception in Kirk's direction where the defensive back was the closest player to the pass.
2018 Week 8 vs SF (7 / 3 / 42 / 1 rec)
With shades of their preseason highlight reel touchdown, Josh Rosen and Christian Kirk connected for the ultimate game-winning score in the back of the end zone against the 49ers. Kirk had a quiet game until the final minutes, including an overthrow by Rosen when Kirk gained separation on a potential touchdown deep. Kirk cut along the back line of the end zone and held on through a big hit for the game-winning touchdown. Kirk has been an early producer for the Cardinals in the opening half of his rookie season, including four games of 50+ receiving yards and is on pace for a promising stat line of 62-820-4 on a struggling offense.
2018 Week 10 vs KC (6 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
With the strong matchup against Kansas City, Kirk was invisible on his six targets. His best play, a chunk gain on third down, was called back by penalty. Kirk struggled to separate on his targets, but Josh Rosen was also under consistent pressure throughout the game, limiting opportunities for the receivers. Oakland offers another strong matchup next week with an improved projected game script.
2018 Week 11 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 77 / 1 rec)
Kirk led Arizona in receiving against the Raiders, fueled by a single long touchdown. Kirk broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage on a slot screen and burst down the sideline to the end zone. Kirk's other impact play came on a deep out to convert third-and-long. Kirk also logged a drop and was stuffed on a short reception.
2018 Week 12 vs LAC (6 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
Kirk had a hot start against the Chargers with two receptions in the opening minutes. Kirk corralled a contested comeback target as his highlight play. Kirk had a big play opportunity with a deep sideline target, but the pass was tipped away by tight coverage. Kirk added a long punt return. On an otherwise depressing offensive showing for Arizona, Kirk did lead the team in targets and receiving yards.
2018 Week 13 vs GB (8 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec, 1 / 23 / 0 rush)
Kirk led the Cardinals in targets and receiving yards despite cold, windy, and rainy conditions in Green Bay. Kirk added a well-blocked end-around rushing attempt to his performance. Kirk's best chance for a big play, getting wide open deep, was underthrown by Josh Rosen to thwart the opportunity. Rosen also overthrew Kirk on a middle screen and underthrew Kirk on a third down attempt. Kirk has been a fixture in Arizona's weekly plans with multiple catches in each game since Week 1 and at least four targets over the span. Kirk landed on injured reserve after Week 13 with a broken foot. An already weak receiver group takes a huge hit for the final month of the season. Trent Sherfield as flashed on limited snaps as a potential uptick candidate.