Arizona Cardinals Need To Get Larry Fitzgerald The Ball
Oct 6, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) lines up for a play against Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Thomas (22) during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
Clearly the title of this piece is an overwhelming understatement. The Arizona Cardinals do in fact need to get the ball much more to receiver Larry Fitzgerald. This may be one of the issue for quarterback Carson Palmer’s interceptions.
Last week against the Carolina Panthers, Fitz only had three receptions for 43 yards and no touchdowns. That won’t get it done on the offensive side of the ball. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that. Palmer did seem to try a little too hard at times this past Sunday though to get him the ball. He was intercepted on a bad pass that he clearly was trying to force into Fitz. That ball should never have been thrown. I’m sure Palmer hears it from coaches though as much as from fans. Get Fitz the ball.
Fitz had six catches for 68 yards and a touchdown in the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However he wasn’t targeted even once in the first half. This past week, Fitz started out fast but quickly was missing in action. Now some of that may be due to his nagging hamstring injury, however it has not kept Fitz off the field.
By receivers Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts contributing more, it should release some defensive pressure off of Fitz. Floyd has been pretty active but Roberts has been a forgotten man the past few weeks after such a nice start. The fact is though, Fitz should be seeing the ball more. A talent like that should not be wasted. It isn’t all Palmer’s fault. He does need some help but ultimately it is Palmer’s job to make sure Fitz is being targeted. He’s the only one who can get that ball to Fitz.