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By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Once the New Orleans Saints promoted Keith Kirkwood to the active roster in 2018, it didn’t take the undrafted rookie long to make an impact.
The Saints gave Kirkwood his first chance in Week 10, and he had at least one in each of his first seven games. The overall production in eight total games — 13 catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns — wasn’t particularly impressive, but Kirkwood gave the Saints a bit of the consistency they lacked from receivers behind Michael Thomas.
Of those 13 catches, 10 converted first downs, and because of the trust Kirkwood built with quarterback Drew Brees and the coaching staff, he ended up playing the second most snaps among Saints receivers and caught a touchdown in the divisional playoff win over the Eagles.
Unfortunately, Kirkwood suffered a calf strain in that game, and he missed the NFC Championship loss to the Rams, which was upsetting for him because he thought he could help the offense. ...
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