Wide receiver Kirkwood has been activated to the 53-man roster by the Carolina Panthers in time for their Week 6 game against the Chicago Bears at Bank of America Stadium on Wednesday. The player came into the organization at the start of training camp and has worked with offensive coordinator Joe Brady and quarterback before during their time together with the New Orleans Saints. However, he went on the injured/reserve list midway through the camp. He might see his first snaps of the season.
, and Seth Roberts have made impressive contributions in the passing game. However, Kirkwood did not see much action for the Saints in 2019. But he managed to bring in 13 of 21 targets for 209 receiving yards and two touchdowns this year. The Panthers need a wideout who can come in and make an impact on proceedings coming from their tight ends, according to reports. Notably, there has been little production from roleplayers like Pharoh Cooper or Brandon Zylstra.
Kirkwood and Carolina’s loyal fanbase will be another big boost to an offense that has been a real bright spark for the Panthers this season. The wait is finally over, but Kirkwil can deliver on the field when it matters most, which was only half the battle back in January. Getting back to health after an injury wasn’t as important as delivering at the critical moments of the game.