Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant wasn’t too busy this month to absorb among the NFL Playoffs motion. And there’s one group the 12-time NBA All-Star got here away impressed with: the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In an interview with Boardroom, Durant had loads of good issues to say concerning the Jaguars and broad receiver Christian Kirk.
“Jaguars got here with it,” Durant mentioned. “They performed nicely, they simply by no means been there earlier than. … Love Trevor Lawrence. Love [Travis] Etienne. Love Christian Kirk.
“I believed, sorry, I believed [Kirk] was a bit of overpaid when he first received his cash, after which I used to be like, nah. He was ballin’ in Arizona, however he received paid like he was probably the greatest within the league, however he confirmed up this 12 months, although. He shut me up, for certain.”
The Jaguars raised eyebrows once they dished out a four-year, $72 million deal to Kirk final 12 months, regardless of the receiver by no means topping 1,000 receiving yards in any of his 4 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.
That modified in Jacksonville the place Kirk completed the 2022 common season with 84 receptions, 1,108 yards, and eight touchdowns, all profession finest marks. He added one other 15 receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns within the Jaguars’ two postseason video games.
The Jaguars have lengthy been the punchline of jokes in sports activities circles and those self same teams had a discipline day when the group paid massive cash to amass Kirk final 12 months. The group’s wild experience to the Divisional Spherical and Kirk’s massive 12 months appear to have gone a good distance towards altering that narrative.
Story initially appeared on Jaguars Wire