May 14, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) catches the ball during organized team activities at the Cardinals Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Is Larry Fitzgerald a Top-3 Reciever?

Hands? Check.  Route-running skills?  Check?  Athleticism?  Check.  Quarterback….Well that is still somewhat of a question mark for Larry Fitzgerald.  The star wide receiver has gone through what he called his worst season as a professional football player.

It is not hard to understand why. Quarterback play was awful mainly due to the offensive line woes as well. Not too many wide receivers flourish without a good quarterback and a decent offensive line, and Fitzgerald definitely didn’t have either of those luxuries.

The top two receivers in receiving yards in the NFL this past season were Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnson.  The Lions did not have the best offensive line but they gave Matt Stafford plenty of tie to find his receivers. Andre Johnson not only had a good quarterback but a great offensive line as well, and the Texans were able to be effective in the run as well.

And Fitzgerald had close to nothing to work with.

With that being said, Fitzgerald did not have the type of talent surrounding him that the top two guys have.  With Bruce Arians taking over and the Cardinals trading for quarterback Carson Palmer, Fitzgerald should see a bit of a resurgence.

After all, he is the same guy who caught 30 passes for 546 yards and four touchdowns during Arizona’s magical 2009 playoff run.

With the offensive line issues addressed, the addition of Rashard Mendenhall and a healthy Ryan Williams, Palmer will be able to get the ball downfield to Fitzgerald through play action plays. Be on the lookout, the last time a veteran quarterback came to the desert some big things took place.

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  • Rmx Cards GraphiXs

    ok — I LOVE MY ARIZONA CARDINALS — but we sucked last year — ok the last few years…. Poor Larry is revving the engine at the stop light while BOTH Johnson’s are Tearing up the Football field… I hope that Carson wll be able to connect with FITZ and put him back on the HOF Track…. FITZ Deserves it… He stuck around and was and has always been a class act… Him saying it was his worst year last year, was by no means a disrepect towards the Cards Org… I tip my hat to Both him and Dockett for not poisoning the Team Environment towards the end of the Wiz Era last season..

    but for now, Sadly, Fitz is not one of the top 3 receivers… since we could not get it together in the QB and o line last y couple years..

  • Demikof

    Larry Fitzgerald is definitely 1 of the top 3 receivers – if not the best in the National Football League. His work ethic is second to none and when you combine that with his physical capabilities then you get an Elite All Time Wide Receiver.

    I hope one day either on the Cardinals or another team he can be placed on a team with the pieces necessary to win championships because he deserves it. As he proved the year he helped lead the Dirty Birds to the Super Bowl.

  • Celo

    Mendenhall will bring something Wells was unable to do, a consistent running game and Palmer is more than capable to get the ball downfield to Larry. Fitzgerald is definitely a top 3 WR without a doubt.