There have been a couple of WRs in Kliff’s offense, namely Jakeem Grant and Keke Coutee, who have put up ridiculous numbers from the slot; Grant had 90 catches for 1268 yards and 10 TDs in 2015, and Keke had 93 catches for 1429 yards and 10 TDs in 2017. Jonathan Giles had a damn good 2016 as well from the slot, racking up 69 catches for 1158 yards and 13 TDs.
As far as the slot WRs go, we would have to assume that Larry Fitzgerald would man one of the slot positions – probably even be the guy inside on 3 WR sets. That role isn’t set set in stone, but it seems likely at this point. His value as a volume receiver in a very pass happy offense is clear as well, and his 9th round ADP in PPR leagues is probably a no brainer if he maintains that specific primary slot role. In this offense, however, there’s room for a second slot WR.
Christian Kirk is probably the receiver seeing snaps on every play, whether his role is inside, outside, or both. Kirk played very well from the slot in college, but in Kingsbury’s words, he played outside last year “due to necessity… if you need to get him out there, you can get him out there. And we know what he can do in the slot.” It seems like he’s definitely in the running to be that guy. His 9th round ADP is easily one of the best values at that spot.
Isabella primarily played on the outside in college, and had 80% of his production come from the outside. However, due to his size, it’s possible he starts on the inside. The range of outcomes for Isabella is vast: the Cards can start him on the outside and take advantage of his deep skills, start on the inside, let him play both, or play him in a limited role in his rookie year because of the depth at the position after Arizona also drafted WR Hakeem Butler. Still, Isabella led college WRs in yards per route run, and his 13th round ADP seems like a nice buy for the potential.
Don’t forget about a tight end like Ricky Seals-Jones potentially playing some slot to create mismatches. It might not happen because of the current WR room, but if there are young guys who can’t get quite ready in time, we saw Jace Amaro grab 106 receptions for 1352 yards and 7 TDs in 2013.
Who you got? 👇