WR Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals
|6-3, 223||Born: 8-31-1983||College: Pittsburgh||Drafted: Round 1, pick 3|
News you need to know
General News (Thu Feb 1): won't play for another team if he decides to return, according to his father Larry Fitzgerald Sr. in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "If it's not with the Cardinals, we've seen the last of Larry Fitzgerald in the National Football League wearing No. 11," he said. Fitzgerald Sr. added that his son "really wants to get a championship ring, there's no doubt about that."
General News (Tue Jan 30): Cardinals offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is anticipating the return of Larry Fitzgerald next season, as during his introductory press conference with the club on Monday, Jan. 29, he "sure sounded like a coach expecting Fitz to play."
General News (Tue Jan 23): has still not decided as to whether or not he will retire this offseason, according to new head coach Steve Wilks. Fitzgerald just completed his 14th season in the NFL and will turn 35 years old before the 2018 regular season begins.
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 17 vs SEA (13 / 8 / 55 / 0 rec)
Fitzgerald did all of his usual things on Sunday, leading the team in targets, catches and receiving yards, all by a significant margin, but Fitzgerald largely disappeared after heavy production in the first half. Some of this was a function of the offense as a whole slowing down, as well as Seattle second-half adjustments, but Fitzgerald did seem out of rhythm when the team tried to reincorporate him late. Larry's future is pure speculation at best, but unlike last week or week 17 of last season, nothing about Sunday had the feel of a swan song for Fitzgerald. Whether that is a sign of his likely return or simply because he's truly undecided is up for debate, but it does add a level of comfort for Cardinals fans that he will be back. With so many records in sight and still playing at such a high level, it is hard to imagine Fitzgerald walking away, but with so much change in store for the Cardinals this offseason, nothing will be more impactful than Fitzgerald's decision. Certainly nothing will have Cardinals fans holding their collective breath more.
2017 Week 16 vs NYG (15 / 9 / 119 / 1 rec)
espite agreeing to a 2018 extension, it is possible Fitzgerald played his last home game on Sunday. Whether or not that becomes true, Cardinals fans will certainly remember this as one of Fitzgerald's most dominant in the latter part of his career. 15 of the team's 32 targets, 119 of the 230 receiving yards (with his own 21-yard toss to Jaron Brown included in that number), and one of the team's two scores, Fitzgerald simply was the offense on Sunday. It is impossible to say with confidence which way Fitzgerald will go. Sunday felt like a "last hurrah" game, especially seeing him get his first career passing completion, but week 17 last season had a similar feeling as well. It will not be for ability or skill if Fitzgerald walks away, but likely the beating the body takes and the understanding that a Super Bowl likely is not in reach.
2017 Week 15 vs WAS (10 / 5 / 60 / 0 rec)
Fitzgerald kept his "consecutive games with a catch" streak alive on Sunday, and once again led the team in both targets and receptions, but beyond that, there is little to say about the future Hall of Famer. Fitzgerald amassed 60 total yards on Sunday, absurdly accounting for just under 1/3rd of the team's total receiving yards, but with little impact worth mentioning. In fact, Fitzgerald dropped his final target of the afternoon, a pass that would have prolonged the Cardinals comeback efforts but instead ended their afternoon. A surprising end to an uninspiring offensive performance.
2017 Week 14 vs TEN (7 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)
The only noteworthy accomplishment on an otherwise dreadful game was Fitzgerald's continued march towards history. With his 44 yards, Fitzgerald one of his passed childhood heroes, Randy Moss, for third All Time in Receiving Yards. An incredible accomplishment for an incredible player who we will all look back on and wonder what could have been had he played the majority of his career with a non Blane Gabbert-esq quarterback. Within the game itself, Fitzgerald occupied his role as the team's most targeted receiver; hauling in five of his seven passes, easily outpacing the rest of the team. With so few total completions and passing yards, even Fitzgerald's relatively paltry numbers made up a large chunk of them. The fact that no other receiver bears mentioning truly shows how far this once great passing offense has fallen.
2017 Week 13 vs LAR (10 / 10 / 98 / 1 rec)
We often marvel at Fitzgerald's career success knowing the quarterbacks he has played with fall well short of his Hall of Fame credential company, but consistently keeps producing despite it. Sunday acted as a perfect microcosm of what has unfortunately been far too much of Fitzgerald's career. Without any other weapons around him to shift coverage, and a Quarterback who struggles to hit his receivers on target, Fitzgerald still managed nearly 100 yards, scored a touchdown, and finished the day a perfect 10 for 10 on targets to catch ratio. To put it another way, the man is simply amazing.
2017 Week 12 vs JAX (8 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
It is odd in and of itself to see a game in which Fitzgerald is such a nonfactor, but even more bizarre to have it come in a Cardinals win. Fitzgerald maintained his usual spot atop the receiver-targets list, but only managed to three catches, one that resulted in -7 yards. Credit must be given to the Jaguars' young star CB, Jalen Ramsey, who shadowed Fitzgerald much of the afternoon, keeping him in check throughout.
2017 Week 11 vs HOU (10 / 9 / 91 / 1 rec)
Sunday was another historic day for the future Hall of Famer. Fitzgerald entered Sunday's contest needing 62 yards to pass Tony Gonzalez for the fifth most all time receiving yards, which Fitzgerald managed to accomplish in the first half. Fitzgerald amassed less than 30-yards in the second half, when the Cardinals offense really began to slow, but the impressive first half was enough to secure his new spot in NFL history. Fitzgerald just recently signed a one-year extension through 2018; making it likely he will have another season to rise further up various all-time lists. Fitzgerald will go down in NFL history as one of the all-time greats, albeit unfortunately one almost certainly to end his career without a ring.
2017 Week 10 vs SEA (14 / 10 / 113 / 0 rec)
Despite a few uncharacteristic drops, Fitzgerald was the only offensive player put forth an actually impressive game. On a night in which Fitzgerald made history, becoming the sixth player in NFL history to amass 15,000 receiving yards, Fitzgerald was the same strong and dependable target he always is. Despite so few other receiving options, Fitzgerald continues to beat defenders and find holes in zone coverage. Fitzgerald's 14 targets doubled the next closest receiver, by far making him Stanton's preferred target. The majority of Fitzgerald's damage was done working the middle, intermediate area of the field; one of the few areas Stanton thrives throwing to. As the team has crumbled around him, Fitzgerald continues to produce as he always has.
2017 Week 9 vs SF (9 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
Fitzgerald's output on Sunday did not quite match his career averages against the 49ers, but his role as the passing game's primary option remained unchanged. Fitzgerald's nine targets were more than double the next closest Cardinals receiver, and accounted for nearly 1/3rd of Stanton's throws. Fitzgerald nearly added a touchdown to his final stat-line, but a slight overthrow from Stanton prevented the connection. It can be astounding at times to see Fitzgerald still playing at such a high level, not simply because of his age but more the focus constantly applied to him. With so few weapons on the Cardinals offense, Fitzgerald has remained a focal point of opposing defenses and yet his savvy and skill allow him to keep producing. Whether this ends up being Fitzgerald's last season or not remains undetermined, but the veteran clearly has plenty left in the tank.
2017 Week 7 vs LAR (3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Fitzgerald caught all three of his targets, but outside an impressive 17-yard catch-and-run on the team's first drive, his involvement in the offense was minimal. Considering the bond he has built with Palmer over the years, Fitzgerald will likely be as impacted as anyone will be by the quarterback's injury.
2017 Week 6 vs TB (11 / 10 / 138 / 1 rec)
On a day in which the old people excelled, Larry Fitzgerald was not about to let Palmer and Peterson outshine him. Fitzgerald has been quietly putting up numbers all season, but Sunday he seemed downright un-guardable. Or maybe the Bucs just forgot to cover him, there were many times it was unclear. Regardless of the defensive scheme, Fitzgerald clearly took advantage of the attention paid to the Cardinals newest running back. Fitzgerald was single-covered all throughout the game and as a result became Palmer's go-to target early and often. Fitzgerald clearly fed off the energy Peterson's boost provided, displaying a level of excitement not often seen from Fitzgerald this season.
2017 Week 5 vs PHI (10 / 6 / 51 / 0 rec)
Fitzgerald's third quarter catch extended his consecutive games with a reception streak to 200, but Fitzgerald failed to make an impact on the game beyond that personal milestone. There is little Fitzgerald can do with an offense as inept and sluggish as this and a defense as good as the Eagles, but it is still unusual to see Fitzgerald so unengaged. While he was tied with Ellington for most targets, Fitzgerald's first reception did not com until the game was well out of hand, and all subsequent ones were insignificant as well.
2017 Week 4 vs SF (7 / 4 / 32 / 1 rec)
Up until the last play of overtime, it had been a mostly quiet afternoon for Fitzgerald. His previous three catches had all been wide receiver screens, gaining a handful of yards each, but nothing significant. But in the end, Fitz did Fitz, this time it just took nearly five quarters to occur. There was not much to Fitzgerald's route, a simple post pattern working down the numbers to Palmer's right, but the savvy veteran found a whole in the defense and exploited it. If it sounds too easy, well, that is how it looked. The play still required an exceptional throw and acrobatic catch, but little went into materializing it. A quality route, a great ball, and of the all-time greats doing what he does best.
2017 Week 3 vs DAL (15 / 13 / 149 / 1 rec)
Larry Fitzgerald was the highlight player for the Cardinals against the Cowboys. Targeted early and often, Fitzgerald's usage was within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage in the first half. As Arizona trailed in the second half, Fitzgerald converted three deep targets of note to keep Arizona alive. Two deep receptions were highly contested by defenders, mandating Fitzgerald's elite ball skills to convert. One was a highlight reel grab where Fitzgerald balanced the ball on his bottom hand as he fell to the turf and completed the catch. Fitzgerald found the end zone on a corner route in the red zone, one of Carson Palmer's better throws of the game. Fitzgerald's 34 targets are the third-most in the NFL through three weeks.
2017 Week 2 vs IND (6 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
With an offense as injured and out-of-sync as the Cardinals is, it should not be a shock to see Larry Fitzgerald so uninvolved in the offense, and yet after years of consistency it still feels surprising. Fitz registered the third most targets, only amassing 21 yards. Fitz was a consistent third down target, and was the team's 4-goal option in the first half, but a bad ball by Carson Palmer prevented Larry from ever having a chance. It has been a rough start to the season for Larry, but the same could be said about the Cardinals offense as a whole.
2017 Week 1 vs DET (13 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec)
While Fitzgerald undoubtedly played the best of anyone involved in the Cardinals aerial attack, it still was not an entirely sharp game for the future Hall of Famer. Fitzgerald failed to wrangler in a few balls, including one that should have been a touchdown and another that nearly became an interception. With Johnson likely missing extended time, Fitzgerald will likely become the focal point of opposing defensive game plans.
Latest NewsCardinals | More on Larry Fitzgerald extension (Thu Feb 15, 10:13 AM) - Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald signed a one-year, $11 million extension during the 2017 season in case he decided to return. He can earn $1 million more in incentives. Our View: Fitzgerald knows he's near the end, but being the consummate professional he is, won't try to whine and needle his way out of Arizona, even if he could be in a situation which might bring him a Championship. He's going to be a big help to head coach Steve Wilks and whoever the new quarterback is.
link to story Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald coming back (Thu Feb 15, 10:00 AM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald announced Thursday, Feb. 15, that he'll return for the 2018 season. Our View: This is a big boost for the Cardinals and new coach Steve Wilks. While the quarterback situation is unsettled to say the least, having a veteran like Fitzgerald will be a huge advantage to whomever ends up under center.
link to story Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald's salary guaranteed (Tue Feb 13, 02:35 AM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's $11 million salary became guaranteed on Friday, Feb. 9. However, this does not impact his retirement decision. If he chooses to retire, he would not receive that money. Our View: Fitzgerald was supposed to make up his mind about retirement once the Cardinals had their coaching staff in place. We don't think there will be any 'Favre-Watch 2018' for Fitzgerald, but he should be making a decision in the near future.
link to story Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald nearing contract deadline (Fri Feb 9, 02:08 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's $11 million base salary for 2018 will be guaranteed if he is remains on the roster Friday, Feb. 9. Our View: Fitzgerald still has not decided if he will play next season or retire. He has previously stated that he would make his decision after the new coaching staff was put in place. Former Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks was named their new head coach in late January, so Fitzgerald has been mulling his decision based on the new staff for a week or so. We think he's leaning towards a return. No matter his decision, Fitzgerald is locked into a spot in the Hall of Fame when his playing days are done.
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