DeAndre Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald are the two proven veterans on the Cardinals that are the primary pass catchers of Kyler Murray.
From what we have seen so far in the two victories, they have often been utilized in the short and intermediate routes. They have already caught a combined 33 of 37 targets for 303 yards and a touchdown.
Although they have the ability to stretch the field deep as players with the best hands in football, the Cardinals have two other wide outs that are better suited for that task.
Although they did not do much in the Week 1 victory over the 49ers, Andy Isabella and Christian Kirk were able to showcase their talents on the deep routes in the 30-15 win against the Washington Football Team on Sunday.
Isabella ran what looked like a simple fly route at the Cardinals own 23-yard line with 13:26 remaining in the second quarter and scorched the Washington defense for a 54-yard catch. Kirk matched that later with less than four minutes before halftime with a 49-yard catch on the sideline over Ronald Darby.
Both former second-round picks have the blazing speed necessary to transcend Kliff Kingsbury’s style of the Air Raid offense.
Kirk ran a 4.46 40-yard dash while Isabella clocked a 4.31 at the NFL Combine. It will be difficult for any defensive back to cover them stride for stride with their kind of speed.
Pro Football Focus gave Isabella a lot of love after his Week 2 performance, earning a 82.3 receiving grade while also receiving an 85.5 overall grade for that game.
He finished the day with two receptions for 67 yards while Kirk had two receptions for 57 yards.
The Cardinals have a talented wide receiver corps highlighted by two physical receivers in Hopkins and Fitzgerald to pair up with the speedsters in Isabella and Kirk.
As the season continues to progress, expect the two speedsters to have an expanded role on the offense especially in the deep pass plays.
For now, the Cardinals have a recipe for success with one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. If they can minimize their penalties while also converting these field goal opportunities into touchdown drives, this Cardinals team will be even more dangerous.
With a darkhorse MVP candidate in Kyler Murray and the weapons he has in his arsenal, the Cardinals can only get better from here.