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WR Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals

6-3, 223Born: 8-31-1983College: PittsburghDrafted: Round 1, pick 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): While Michael Floyd is laying an egg and getting banged up, Fitzgerald is dispelling the notion that he has lost something and riffing well with now heathy QB Carson Palmer. It will be hard to bench him against the Cowboys this week.

Week 9: at Dallas Cowboys

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Carson Palmer continued his string of solid outings against the Eagles last Sunday, throwing 20/42 for 329 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions, with zero sacks taken. He's thrown for at least 250 yards and two TDs in each of his last three games, making Palmer a model of consistency at the half-way point of the season. During that three week span, Andre Ellington (24 targets for 15/112/0 receiving) has been Palmer's top target, while Larry Fitzgerald (21 for 17/279/2) and John Brown (21 for 11/203/1) have both drawn 21 targets. Michael Floyd is the #3 of late, with 14 targets for 7/94/2 over the last three weeks, but had zero catches out of four chances last week. Brown may be taking over the starting role across from Fitzgerald here during the second half of the season. The Dallas pass D surrendered 25/30 for 286 yards, zero TDs and one interception to Colt McCoy on Sunday, while sacking him three times for -13 yards. Two games back, Eli Manning wasn't sacked at all and he threw 21/33 for 248 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions at Dallas. Though Dallas has been generally winning contests, their pass D has been lax over the past few games. To date, Dallas averages 237.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with 11 passing scores given out vs. eight interceptions (tied-seventh in the NFL) and 10 sacks (tied-26th) generated. Palmer is coming on in this phase of the game, while the Cowboys are sub-par-to-mediocre at best. Advantage, Arizona.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at DEN 0 0 0 7 3 57 0 0
6 vs WAS 0 0 0 6 6 98 1 0
7 at OAK 0 0 0 5 4 21 0 0
8 vs PHI 0 0 0 10 7 160 1 0
9 at DAL PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 4 * * *
9 at DAL PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 4 * * *
9 at DAL PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs WAS (6 / 6 / 98 / 1 rec)

Fitzgerald saw more single-coverage matchups this game than he had all season long, and showed he's still plenty capable of taking advantage of them. The game was a perfect blend of the vintage and new Larry Fitzgerald. While he no longer is the deep target he was in the prime of his career, Fitzgerald picked up crucial third down conversions, showed off his incredible hands with a few very difficult catches, and his 24-yard touchdown was the perfect execution of a wonderfully timed play call. With Washington in some version of a cover-2, Fitzgerald quickly beat his man inside on quick slant, Palmer delivered a perfect pass allowing Larry to continue in stride past the cornerback, and with only the safety to beat Fitzgerald simply dragged him into the end zone along with the ball. Hopefully with some stability at the Quarterback position, Fitzgerald will find some consistency week in and week out.

2014 Week 7 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)

Coming off his best game of the season, Fitzgerald was back to being an afterthought in this offense. This week, however, the same could be said for anyone not named Andre Ellington. Fitzgerald's 5 targets were tied for the most among the receiving corps, but two of those were wide receiver screens and his long catch of the day was 7 yards. Fitzgerald's day was a microcosm for the offense as a whole; quick reads and short targets. Fitzgerald was wide open in the back of the end zone on Taylor's first touchdown and would have been a better choice for Palmer, however a low snap and quick pressure from the defense forced the ball out early before Palmer could make that read. Last week Larry proved he's still a plenty capable receiver when given the opportunity, and it's time for Arians to start finding ways to better incorporate him in the game plan.

2014 Week 8 vs PHI (10 / 7 / 160 / 1 rec)

Sunday was Fitzgerald's best game of the season, highlighted by incredibly enough, the longest play of his career. The 3rd quarter, 80-yard touchdown catch and (mostly) run was the Fitzgerald's biggest play of the game, but he was a strong presence throughout, leading the team in catches, targets, and yards. Fitzgerald looked explosive and strong on Sunday and in his postgame quotes quickly put to rest any notion that he's lost a step. The career-long catch and run came early in the 3rd quarter with the Cardinals facing a 3rd-10 from their own 20. A 5-wide receiver set, with Fitzgerald behind Ted Ginn in a 2-man bunch to Palmer's right. Both Ginn and Fitzgerald ran quick slant routes, with Ginn acting as a blocker/pick-man giving Fitzgerald just enough room to spring through the defense and outrun everyone on his way to the end zone. While this season has seemed like a roller-coaster ride for Fitzgerald, the truth is he leads the team in targets, receptions and yards this season. Unlike previous years the offense has enough weapons to spread the ball around and still have success, but much like those same previous seasons, Fitzgerald is still the top dog in this offense.


Latest News

Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald has owned Philly (Fri Oct 24, 12:53 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has at least one touchdown (10 total) and averages 6.7 catches for 107 yards in six career games against the Philadelphia Eagles, his Week 8 opponent. However, Fitzgerald is tempering his expectations this time around, as he knows he isn't the target magnet he once was. He's only on pace for 61 catches for 755 yards this season. Head coach Bruce Arians isn't concerned with anyone on the team building their stats, and the offense thrives on spreading the ball around. Only RB Andre Ellington (25 catches) has more than Fitzgerald on the team.

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