WR Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals
|6-3, 223||Born: 8-31-1983||College: Pittsburgh||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2004|
News you need to know
General News (Fri Oct 18): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.
General News (Thu Oct 17): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Oct 16): did not practice on Wednesday (he was excused).
Week 7: at New York Giants
FBG says: Good matchup. Kyler Murray has found a groove here in his rookie season for the Arizona Cardinals, as has head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Murray has thrown for nearly 600 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions over his last two games. Murray clearly favors veteran Larry Fitzgerald as his number-one target through the air this season. Fitzgerald leads the Cardinals in targets, receptions, and yards through six games here in his 16th professional season. Running back David Johnson has also stepped up in the absence of wide receiver Christian Kirk, whose status for week seven is in question after he suffered an ankle injury in week five. Johnson, who has exceptional route running and pass-catching skills for a running back, ranks second on the team in targets, receptions, and yards while leading the Cardinals in receiving touchdowns so far in 2019. Without Kirk, KeeSean Johnson is the team's clear number-three option through the air, but his production lags far behind that of David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald this season. The Cardinals run one of the NFL's fastest offenses, which Kingsbury designed to maximize scoring opportunities throughout a game. Kingsbury has succeeded in this regard, with the fifth-most pass attempts in the NFL through six games. When coaching in college, Kliff Kingsbury's Texas Tech teams were consistently above-average in pass protection. Likely thanks to his offensive scheme, the Cardinals' offensive line has transformed into one of the league's best pass-blocking units in 2019 after a dismal 2018 campaign. The Cardinals' passing game is trending upwards as Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury acclimate to the NFL, and a matchup with the New York Giants will likely provide little resistance in week seven. Aside from one game against the Washington Redskins' bottom-tier passing attack, the 2019 season has been one to forget for the Giants' pass defense. A series of offseason transactions created massive turnover on the Giants' defense, and the results through six games have been horrendous. Along the defensive line, the Giants lack a reliable pass-rush this season. Markus Golden has already recorded seven sacks on the season, but otherwise, the Giants defensive line is devoid of any above-average pass-rushers. At linebacker, Alec Ogletree and Ryan Connelly are the strength of the Giants' pass defense. Ogletree has always been much stronger defending the pass than defending the run, and nothing has changed in 2019. The secondary, however, has been one of the league's worst. Janoris Jenkins and DeAndre Baker have been two of the league's weakest cover corners. Aside from one game against Case Keenum and an ill-prepared Dwayne Haskins, the Giants have allowed at least 250 yards in every game and 300 yards in four of the five games. Jenkins and Baker have been torched week-in and week-out this season. The Giants' safeties, Antoine Bethea and Jabrill Peppers have been only marginally better than their cornerbacks. Expect the Arizona Cardinals' high-volume passing attack to attack New York's porous secondary from all angles. Week seven sets up as a fantastic opportunity for Kyler Murray and the Cardinals' offense to string together a third straight strong performance through the air.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Larry Fitzgerald's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
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.
Latest NewsCardinals | Larry Fitzgerald practices Friday (Fri Oct 18, 07:50 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 18, and is not on the injury report for Week 7. link to story Cardinals | Arizona's Week 7 injury report (Fri Oct 18, 04:54 PM) - Arizona Cardinals DL Zach Allen (neck), OL Brett Toth (illness) and RB D.J. Foster (hamstring) did not practice Friday, Oct. 18, and have been ruled out for Week 7 against the New York Giants. RB David Johnson (ankle), DL Zachariah Kerr (ankle), LB Zeke Turner (hamstring), TE Maxx Williams (ankle), LB Dennis Gardeck (ankle), WR Christian Kirk (ankle), P Andy Lee (hip) and S Charles Washington (shoulder) were limited Friday and are listed as questionable. OL Joshua Miles (illness) was added to the injury report Friday and is also listed as questionable. LB Terrell Suggs (non-injury) did not practice Friday but no longer appears on the injury report. S Chris Banjo (illness), WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) and DL Corey Peters (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday and have also been removed from the injury report. link to story Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald back to full practice (Thu Oct 17, 05:13 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) participated in a full practice Thursday, Oct. 17. link to story Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald sits out (Wed Oct 16, 06:45 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. link to story Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald catches six balls (Sun Oct 13, 11:24 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald caught six of his eight targets for 69 yards in a 34-33 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 6. link to story More News
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