Marc Sessler of NFL.com went through a fun exercise Thursday morning, choosing one player from every team to make the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2019.
It’s a good way to identify up-and-coming stars, and Sessler’s choice for the Cardinals was Christian Kirk.
The second-year receiver performed well in less-than-ideal circumstances in 2018, finishing his rookie season with 43 catches for 590 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games. He led the team in yards per catch at 13.7 and was one of the few consistent playmakers offensively.
Kirk missed the final four games of the season with a broken foot but is back to full strength and figures to be a focal point in 2019. He played with quarterback Kyler Murray for a year at Texas A&M, and their friendship could lead to on-field chemistry.
Kirk’s receiving yardage would have extrapolated to 787 had he played the full 16 games last year, so it’s not far-fetched to believe he could threaten 1,000 yards in 2019 if Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury throws as often as many believe.
“I'm betting on Kingsbury and Murray churning out a fleet of big-yardage targets led by the frisky Kirk,” Sessler wrote.