WR Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals

6-3, 223Born: 8-31-1983College: PittsburghDrafted: Round 1, pick 2004

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General News (Thu Dec 12): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Dec 11): did not practice on Wednesday (he was excused).

Week 15: vs Cleveland Browns

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FBG says: Tough matchup. After a promising start to the Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury era, the Arizona Cardinals' passing attack has trailed off in recent weeks, as the team appears to have mailed it in for the season with one eye on their offseason vacations coming up. The Cardinals rank 16th in the league in passing volume, 24th in total passing yardage, and their 16-to-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio is uninspiring as well. Kyler Murray's progress as a starting quarterback has seemingly stunted since the team's Week 12 bye, and the unit's overall production has taken a dive in that time as well. Christian Kirk's emergence as the team's future number-one wide receiver is promising, as he has seemingly seized the role from veteran Larry Fitzgerald, who remains relevant in the team's passing attack. Otherwise, this unit's 5.5 net yards per attempt leaves much to be desired, as the Cardinals' offensive production has faded down the stretch this season. The Cleveland Browns' pass defense remains one of the toughest units in the NFL to move the ball against, even without their top two pass rushers. On the season, the Browns have allowed the 8th-fewest passing yards per game, while holding every opposing starting quarterback under the 300-yard mark. The Browns' secondary has held up its end of the bargain, as well, allowing just 1 100-yard receiver since Week 3. The return of safety Demarious Randall has been vital to the defense's ability to withstand the loss of key pass-rushers, as their inability to pressure opposing quarterbacks in recent weeks is a massive weakness. Luckily, with top-end coverage players like linebacker Joe Schobert, cornerback Denzel Ward, and safety Demarious Randall in the mix, the Browns have been able to limit opposing passing attacks to just three passing touchdowns in their last three games. Overall, in a battle of two floundering teams down the stretch of the 2019 season, the Cleveland Browns are expected to come out victorious against a struggling offense led by a rookie quarterback that has regressed mightily in recent weeks.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at SF 55 0 0 0 5 5.0 37 1 1 8.7
13 vs LAR 59 0 0 0 7 6.0 56 0 0 5.6
14 vs PIT 55 0 0 0 7 3.0 20 0 0 2
15 vs CLE PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4.4 * * * *
15 vs CLE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4.1 * * * *
15 vs CLE PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Larry Fitzgerald's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 14 vs PIT (7 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Fitzgerald saw a hearty seven targets but was held in check by the Steelers defense. Fitzgerald had a third-down conversion on a slant, but also logged an uncharacteristic drop on another third-down target. Fitzgerald had no touchdown on yards-after-catch opportunities this week in the non-descript effort.

2019 Week 13 vs LAR (7 / 6 / 56 / 0 rec)

Fitzgerald was the clear leading receiver for the Cardinals in the blowout loss to the Rams/ Fitzgerald did not get on the board until late in the second quarter and only got loose for a bigger gain once, snaring a pass down the seam for more than 15 yards. The schedule does not ease up with Pittsburgh and Cleveland up next as Arizona looks to rebound from their non-performance in Week 13.

2019 Week 11 vs SF (5 / 5 / 37 / 1 rec)

Fitzgerald converted all five of his targets against the 49ers, including his first touchdown since Week 3. Fitzgerald got loose at the goal line with a missed assignment by the defense, standing alone for the straight-forward score. Fitzgerald added a chunk of yards-after-the-catch on his other notable reception but was largely held in check by the San Francisco defense, who limited Fitzgerald to less than 40 yards in their matchup two weeks ago.

2019 Week 10 vs TB (8 / 8 / 71 / 0 rec)

Fitzgerald was active early and often against the Buccaneers with four receptions in the first quarter alone. Fitzgerald also was at his best later in the game, drawing a long defensive pass interference penalty in addition to his highlight catch of the game and likely the season. Fitzgerald snared a fourth-down pass one-handed as it nearly passing over him on the sideline, a true highlight reel grab in a key moment. Fitzgerald also added a 20+ yard reception down the seam to his feature-element-of-the-offense role for Arizona.

2019 Week 9 vs SF (4 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

After a hot start to the season Fitzgerald has waned in recent weeks and especially the past three games (7-58-0 total). Fitzgerald's highlights included beating three defenders on a quick hitch route for 10 yards after the catch and doing the same for 20 yards earlier in the game. Fitzgerald will look to turn around his production in Week 10 against the struggling Tampa Bay secondary.

2019 Week 8 vs NO (4 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Fitzgerald was a non-factor against the Saints with Christian Kirk the clear lead receiver and stifled by tight coverage. Fitzgerald converted a third-down slant of note but also missed on his overt big-play opportunity in the game. A beautiful slot fade pass from Kyler Murray on third down was just out of bounds by Fitzgerald's feet on a potential touchdown. The 49ers offer another tough test in Week 9 and Fitzgerald's volume has been a season-low level over the past two games, resulting in a 3-20-0 overall stat line.

2019 Week 7 vs NYG (3 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Fitzgerald was targeted a mere three times with Arizona taking the air out of the ball against the Giants. Second half weather was a factor as well as the Arizona run game moving the ball nearing at will. Fitzgerald converted a third down with yards-after-the-catch on his lone reception. Three targets marks by far his low water mark of the season and Fitzgerald has not found the end zone in a month, spanning 18 receptions.

2019 Week 6 vs ATL (8 / 6 / 69 / 0 rec)

Without Christian Kirk in the lineup, Fitzgerald collected a sturdy eight targets against Atlanta with three key receptions of note. Fitzgerald corralled a deep middle laser from Kyler Murray, a highlight play as Murray circled away from pressure to extend the play. Fitzgerald also converted a third-down comeback target and a deep crosser across his production. Fitzgerald has not scored since Week 3, spanning 17 receptions with the suspect-at-best Giants secondary up in Week 7.

2019 Week 5 vs CIN (8 / 6 / 58 / 0 rec)

Without Christian Kirk in the lineup against Cincinnati, Fitzgerald did not separate from the pack for work in Arizona's passing game. On Fitzgerald's 25% target market share he did not produce any big plays and had three screen receptions either stuffed by the defense or called back by penalty, including one at the goal line. Fitzgerald did convert a deeper crossing route and a third-down opportunity among his tepid highlights.

2019 Week 4 vs SEA (5 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)

In a record-setting week for Fitzgerald, moving into the second position for all-time receptions in the NFL behind Jerry Rice, the veteran did not move the needle for impact on his five catches, two of which coming in garbage time. Another reception came on a give-up third-and-long well in front of the sticks. Fitzgerald did not see any downfield targets as the Arizona offense was stifled outside of a few flashes in the sound home defeat.

2019 Week 3 vs CAR (7 / 5 / 36 / 1 rec)

Fitzgerald caught at least five passes for the third straight game to open the season, including a goal line screen touchdown. Fitzgerald was tempered in his intermediate and downfield opportunities like much of the Arizona offense against an inspired Carolina defense. Fitzgerald's lone big play came on a laser throw from Kyler Murray down the seam for more than 20 yards. Fitzgerald also added a third-down conversion on a shorter reception.

2019 Week 2 vs BAL (11 / 5 / 104 / 0 rec)

Fitzgerald led Arizona in targets against Baltimore, his second straight game of at least 11 targets. Fitzgerald's performance centered around two long receptions, both of at least 40 yards. He was wide open, quizzically lost by the Baltimore secondary, for more than 50 yards and also made a highlight reel sliding catch down the sideline, one of Kyler Murray's better throws in the game. Fitzgerald added a one-handed grab going out of bounds. The overall volume of Arizona's passing game as well as Fitzgerald's involvement had been promising through two games.

2019 Week 1 vs DET (13 / 8 / 113 / 1 rec)

Fitzgerald, like the entire Arizona offense, got off to a slow start against Detroit, not logging a catch until the second quarter. Fitzgerald found his timing with rookie quarterback Kyler Murray as the game progressed, however, especially downfield. Fitzgerald made one of the wow plays of the game in overtime as the pair connected on a deep corner route, an encore to a diving seam catch Fitzgerald corralled earlier in the game. Fitzgerald came wide open on a goal line rollout for a straight-forward score to add to his strong performance. Fitzgerald led the team in targets despite Arizona deploying a strong number of four-receiver sets.

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Latest News

Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald practices in full (Thu Dec 12, 06:30 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 12.

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Cardinals | Arizona's Thursday practice report (Thu Dec 12, 05:06 PM) - Arizona Cardinals OL Justin Pugh (back) and LB Terrell Suggs (back, illness) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 12. S Budda Baker (hamstring), OL Mason Cole (knee), OL J.R. Sweezy (illness), WR Andy Isabella (shoulder), WR Christian Kirk (ankle), CB Kevin Peterson (shoulder), LB Joe Walker (ribs) and TE Maxx Williams (knee) were limited. WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury), DT Corey Peters (non-injury), CB Byron Murphy (calf) and TE Darrell Daniels (chest) practiced in full.

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Cardinals | Day off for Larry Fitzgerald (Wed Dec 11, 08:16 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 11.

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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald fully practices (Fri Dec 6, 06:19 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 6, and is not on the injury report for Week 14.

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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald returns to full practice (Thu Dec 5, 07:19 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 5.

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Schedule

15vs Cleveland Browns
16@ Seattle Seahawks
17@ Los Angeles Rams