|No. 83 – Miami Dolphins|
|Born:||January 5, 1997|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||214 lb (97 kg)|
|Roster status:||Practice squad|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2021|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Kirk Merritt (born January 5, 1997) is an American football wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Arkansas State Red Wolves.
Merritt grew up in Destrehan, Louisiana and attended Destrehan High School. He gained a combined 1,058 rushing and receiving yards and scored 11 total touchdowns as a senior. Merritt was rated a four-star recruit and committed to play college football at Oregon over offers from Alabama, Auburn, and Texas A&M.
Merritt began his collegiate career at the University of Oregon. He played in 12 games for the Ducks as a freshman and caught five passes for 61 yards and rushed three times for 13 yards. Merritt left the program after his freshman year.
Merritt later transferred to Texas A&M. Merritt sat out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He was dismissed from the team in April 2017, after being charged for two separate cases of indecent exposure. Following his dismissal, Merritt transferred to East Mississippi Community College. He caught 52 passes for 628 yards and four touchdowns in his lone season with the Lions and committed to transfer to Arkansas State University for his final two years of eligibility.
Merritt became an immediate starter for the Red Wolves and was named first team All-Sun Belt Conference after leading the conference with 83 receptions and 1,005 receiving yards while also catching seven touchdowns. He repeated as a first team All-Sun Belt selection as a redshirt senior after finishing the season with 70 receptions for 806 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Merritt was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent on April 25, 2020. He was waived on September 4, 2020, during final roster cuts, but was signed to the team's practice squad on September 6. He was elevated to the active roster on November 7 for the team's week 9 game against the Arizona Cardinals, and reverted to the practice squad after the game. He was placed on the practice squad/COVID-19 list by the team on December 15, 2020, and restored to the practice squad three days later. He was elevated to the active roster again on December 31 for the week 17 game against the Buffalo Bills, and reverted to the practice squad again following the game. He signed a reserve/future contract with the Dolphins on January 6, 2021.
On August 31, 2021, Merritt was waived by the Dolphins and re-signed to the practice squad the next day.