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Christian Kirk's Hidden Production

Cardinals wide receiver fifth in NFL in pass interference yardage

Browns safety Damarious Randall interferes with Christian Kirk on Sunday.
Browns safety Damarious Randall interferes with Christian Kirk on Sunday.

Larry Fitzgerald leads the Cardinals with 711 receiving yards, but Christian Kirk is actually responsible for more yardage through the air this season.

How is that possible? Pass interference penalties.

Kirk drew a 21-yarder in the end zone on Sunday against the Browns, setting up the Cardinals for an easy touchdown one play later. On the season, Kirk has drawn five pass interference penalties for 111 yards, which is the fourth-highest in the NFL behind Mike Evans (139 yards), James Washington (119) and Courtland Sutton (116).

Between his raw production – 61 catches for 649 yards -- and the pass interference yardage, Kirk has gained 760 yards through the air this season. Fitzgerald has drawn two pass interference penalties for 41 yards, giving him 752 yards.

Kirk has also made an impact on fly sweeps, carrying the ball seven times for 78 yards, including a 28-yarder against Cleveland.

A three-game absence in the middle of the season is going to keep Kirk under 1,000 yards receiving, but with 838 total yards – including the pass interference yardage – he has the best shot among Cardinals skill players to reach quadruple digits.