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Keith Kirkwood

#7 WR,

Saints

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ACTUAL 2022

4 FPTS

RANK: 202

2023 SEASON

- FPTS

RANK: -

AGE

28 yrs

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

6'3'' / 210 lbs

COLLEGE

Temple

SEASONGPFPTSRANKTARGETRECPTREYDRETDREAVE
202254202nd421809.0
3yr Ave22264th3110010.00

Makes minor impact again in 2023

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-15

Kirkwood caught five of nine targets for 37 yards and one touchdown across 13 games during the 2023 regular season.

Kirkwood played in a career-high 13 games, and his 225 offensive snaps tied his previous career high from his 2018 rookie campaign. The 30-year-old also caught a touchdown for the first time since 2018; but, he still failed to log more than five receptions for the fifth year in a row, totaling just 11 catches in 23 games during this span. Kirkwood signed a one-year, $1.01 million contract with the Saints in February of 2023, and he was released before re-signing with the team shortly thereafter in mid-November. He should be set to hit free agency this coming offseason.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022

1.4
2.4
0
0
0

Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingReceiving StatsRoutes Run
WEEKSTADIUMGAMERANKTARGETSPREADO/UTRGTRECYDTDAVGAIRYACDROP10+20+50+SHARESLOTTIGHTWIDE
5 SEA Dome 73° 1.4 109th 1.40-5.045.511404.0220%0004%41%7%52%
6 CIN Dome 78° 2.4 81st 2.403.043.51114014.01220%1003%55%8%37%
16 @CLE Outdoor 6° 0.0 139th 0.003.032.520000.000100%00014%50%6%44%
17 @PHI Outdoor 54° 0.0 137th 0.004.543.500000.0000%0000%50%11%39%
18 CAR Dome 62° 0.0 145th 0.00-3.541.500000.0000%0000%54%18%29%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving Averages
LOCATIONSTADIUMGPGSGMTOUCHRANKTRGTRECYDTDAVEAIRYACDROP10+20+50+
Home Outdoor 1 02.31.1517th2.01.0130.013.04.09.00%1.00.00.0
Home Dome 3 10.41.9034th0.70.760.09.07.02.00%0.30.00.0
Away Outdoor 4 00.30.59198th2.00.840.05.70.05.740%0.00.00.0
Away Retractable Dome 1 00.00.00214th1.00.000.00.00.00.00%0.00.00.0

Career Stats by Season: 2018 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving StatsRoutes Run
SEASONAGETEAMGPGSTOTALRANKTRGTRECYDTDAVGAIRYACDROP10+20+50+SHARESLOTTIGHTWIDE
2018 24 NO 8 1 46 123rd2113209216.112413%9404%57%7%36%
2019 25 NO 1 0 0 238th00000.0000%0000%58%0%42%
2020 27 CAR 1 0 2 408th2113013.0490%1000%66%3%31%
2021 27 CAR 3 0 5 200th731705.70625%0001%49%3%47%
2022 28 NO 5 1 4 202nd421809.07233%1001%51%10%40%
Yards ball travels in the "Air" per completion. "YAC" is average yards gained after catch. "Drop"ped pass rate. "Share" of team passing targets.

Logs touchdown in big win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-17

Kirkwood hauled in his only target for seven yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 24-6 win versus the Giants.

Derek Carr found Kirkwood open over the middle of the end zone for his first of three passing touchdowns Sunday. The 28-year-old wideout has seen consistent playing time in a reserve role over the past four weeks while Michael Thomas (knee) has been on IR. However, Kirkwood has now logged just three receptions over this span, and his touchdown catch Sunday marked his first reception since the Week 12 loss to Atlanta. He also totaled just one target despite the absence of No. 1 wideout Chris Olave (ankle), who was ruled inactive Week 15. Kirkwood also logged fewer targets than rookie wideout A.T. Perry (five), consistent starter Rashid Shaheed (four) and Lynn Bowden (two). Expect Kirkwood to continue playing a minimal role Week 16 versus the Rams.

Records three catches Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-28

Kirkwood played 25 of the Saints' 72 snaps on offense and finished with two catches for 20 yards on three targets in Sunday's 24-15 loss to the Falcons.

Re-signed during the Saints' Week 11 bye after New Orleans lost Michael Thomas (knee) to injured reserve, Kirkwood ended up stepping into a more prominent role than anticipated Sunday. Kirkwood saw elevated snaps in part due to starting wideouts Chris Olave (concussion) and Rashid Shaheed (quadriceps) exiting early due to injuries, but the 28-year-old was still able to outpace fellow reserve receivers A.T. Perry (one catch for seven yards on two targets) and Lynn Bowden (no catches on two targets) in terms of production. With Thomas on IR for at least three more games and Olave and Shaheed perhaps at risk of missing time, Kirkwood could have a path to a top-three role at receiver Week 13 against the Lions.

Back with Saints

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-14

New Orleans signed Kirkwood to its active roster Tuesday, Brooke Kirchhoker of NOF Network reports.

The Saints waived Kirkwood on Saturday, but now they've decided to bring him back on board. He's drawn just four targets over seven games in 2023, returning one reception for one yard.

Let go by New Orleans

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-11

The Saints waived Kirkwood on Saturday, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.

Kirkwood saw his snap count on offense gradually decrease over the course of the season before he was a healthy scratch for the last two games. He finishes his 2023 stint with the Saints with one catch on four targets for four yards. Kirkwood will seek his next options should he clear waivers.

Won't play Week 8

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-29

Kirkwood (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Kirkwood played in the first seven games of the season as a depth wide receiver and has one catch on four targets for four yards. For Sunday's contest against the Colts, the Saints have opted to sit Kirkwood in favor of fellow receiver A.T. Perry, who will be making his first appearance of the year.

Sees one target Week 1

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-11

Kirkwood logged zero receptions (on one target) for zero yards during Sunday's 16-15 victory against the Titans.

Kirkwood was targeted on a deep pass from Derek Carr in the third quarter, but he was essentially invisible while playing 22 offensive snaps Sunday. The veteran role player was the only Saints only other available wideout aside from the team's starting trio of Chris Olave, Michael Thomas and Rashid Shaheed. Barring injuries elsewhere, Kirkwood figures to see fringe, if any, usage this season, especially when/if rookie A.T. Perry (coach's decision) is active or Tre'Quan Smith (groin) returns from IR in the coming weeks.

Inks one-year extension

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-02-17

The Saints signed Kirkwood to a one-year extension Friday, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.

Kirkwood spent his first two NFL campaigns with the Saints before heading to Carolina. He re-joined New Orleans ahead of the 2022 regular season and bounced back and forth between the active roster and practice squad early in the campaign before landing an end-of-season contract at the beginning of January. He appeared in five games, including the Saints' last three regular-season contests, but he caught just two of four targets across 149 offensive snaps -- the most since his rookie campaign. He'll stick around the Saints organization through the 2023 campaign, but he's unlikely to garner a significant role, especially if Jarvis Landry (ankle) and Michael Thomas (toe) are healthy.

Serves as depth piece in 2022

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-01-11

Kirkwood accrued zero targets during Sunday's 10-7 defeat versus Carolina. He finished the 2022 season with two receptions (on four targets) for 18 yards.

Kirkwood did not record a catch for the third straight game to end the regular season. The 28-year-old spent the first two seasons of his career with New Orleans before heading to Carolina for back-to-back campaigns. Kirkwood then rejoined the Saints in early September and bounced back and forth between the active roster and practice squad this season. While he played at least 30 percent of offensive snaps in all five of his appearances, Kirkwood never carved out a consistent role in the Saints' injury-riddled receiving corps. Instead, his opportunities on offense shrunk almost to zero over the second half of the season, as rookie wideouts Chris Olave and Rashid Shaheed as well as tight end Juwan Johnson buoyed the team's limited passing game. Kirkwood ended the season as a core special-teamer and blocker on offense, and he's now set to become a restricted free agent this offseason.

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