After the Arizona Cardinals receivers’ final frog jump, Christian Kirk tops the team’s best spreader list in terms of total distance.
DeAndre Hopkins took first place after a Week 1 win over Tennessee. Rookie Rondale Moore got a head start after his big game to help Arizona beat Minnesota.
Kirk crossed the 100-yard mark for the first time this year as the Cardinals staged a balanced attack against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday.
The relay of the main receivers has been a refreshing thing for the positional group after they leaned so heavily on Hopkins a year ago, lost Larry Fitzgerald to a not quite retirement and has moved Kirk into the slot. But it wasn’t just internal improvements or a change in personnel – the Cardinals drafted Moore and signed AJ Green – that gave the Cardinals a deeper reception hall.
Credit also goes to quarterback Kyler Murray and receivers coach Shawn Jefferson.
Arizona replaced former receivers coach David Raih with Jefferson this offseason, a sign those within the organization viewed the receiving hall as underperforming.
Kirk said Jefferson, an intense personality who played the NFL wide receiver from 1991 to 2003, took little time to build his credibility.
“He had a huge impact for us. I think one of the things he does best and plays the best for himself is that he’s played the game before and played it at a high level ”, Kirk said. “Based on certain looks and techniques, he’s been there, done that. It’s easy to trust him and trust him in what he trains us. He is ultra passionate, ultra competitive and he sets the tone every day.
“There’s just a little more understanding from a player-coach relationship. … There is not too much confusion between what is called for and what is being trained.
Training preparation also includes Murray and head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
While the playbook has priority goals depending on the situation – like Kirk’s Willie Mays nabbed for a TD against a zero blitz two weeks ago – Kirk said Murray made sure to keep all receivers engaged.
“Every week when we install the facility, we know that we all have the opportunity to make games if not big games. There’s always a few pieces in there for all of us to kind of make that spark. Kyler did a great job finding us all, ”Kirk said.
“It evolves from (gateway) to practice. It usually goes through the same readings and distributes the ball in the same area. Later in the week he’ll also do a good job of maybe throwing the ball until the last read, although that’s not a possibility, just making everyone feel like you can have the ball. bullet – not that you’re running a route just to open up a guy or you’re just increasing the coverage.