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Christian Kirk is in for a Major Year 2 Jump Under Kliff Kingsbury

In what was a chaotic rookie situation for Christian Kirk, it is only trending upwards after the Cardinals made a leap of faith by hiring former Texas Tech head coach, Kliff Kingsbury. As we all know, Kingsbury is known for his Air-Raid attack that constantly broke the scoreboards in the Big 12. Outside of Josh Rosen (or maybe Kyler Murray), second year wideout Christian Kirk should benefit greatly from the arrival of Kingsbury. Kirk dealt with major inconsistency at the quarterback position, a mid-season change at offensive coordinator, a first year head coach who was let go at the end of the season and a broken foot that ended his season in Week 13. Through all of that, he finished his rookie season with 590 yards and three touchdowns on 43 receptions. 

While at Tech, Kingsbury peppered his wide receivers. In fact, if you break down all of the receptions that came under his watch at Texas Tech, 78.1 percent of the receptions were from the wide receivers (compared to 17 percent to RBs and only 4.6 percent to TEs). It’ll be tough to expect Kingsbury to implement a full on Air-Raid offense in the NFL, but we’ll see a lot of three and four wide receiver sets. Although old man Fitz is returning for another season, Kirk’s elite athletic skill-set translates perfectly into this scheme, based on the quick passing game that will get him into space. If the opposing corner gives the WR cushion, expect a quick pass check to be called.

It’s also important to mention that Kirk played in the same scheme at Texas A&M under Kevin Sumlin, where he showcased his talents and transformed into a second round selection.

When asked about Kingsbury, Kirk was ecstatic:

“Oh man, I think about it every single day,” Kirk told The Republic. “I’m definitely super excited just to be able to realize what I can do in this league. I got on a roll there and obviously it was unfortunate that it ended short for me, but I know what I can do and I know what I need to work on this offseason to feel like I can put myself in position to be one of the top receivers in this league.”

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