Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald Makes Top 100 Players


Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald still have many believers out there in and out of Arizona

Many people think, myself not included, that Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald isn’t even the best player on his team or even the best receiver anymore.  However the NFL believes he is the 68th best overall player heading into the 2015 season.

I would agree with his ranking.  He still have a lot left in the tank despite his numbers being down the past couple of seasons.  There are a lot of factors that go into that.

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The NFL put out it’s list of the top 100 players heading into the 2015 season.  Going into his 12th season in the NFL, Fitz was given a new contract in the off-season to undoubtedly keep him as an Arizona Cardinal the remainder of his career.

In 2014, Fitzgerald caught 63 passes for 784 yards and just two touchdowns.  Again, certain circumstances led to the few number of touchdowns.  It helps to have a quarterback you are comfortable with.  Starter Carson Palmer only played in six games in 2014.  He is still getting used to being a slot receiver, which presumably also gives you less of a chance to score.

Many people, including some Cardinals fans, wanted to see Fitz traded last season.  They felt it was the last best chance to get some value for him in return.  A lot of that was predicated on his contract situation though, which has been resolved.

I had no problem with the Cardinals giving Fitz an overpriced contract at this point in his career.  I’d still throw the ball to him over a lot of younger guys in this league.  Does he have the breakaway speed he once had?  No, at least not consistently, but try telling that to the Philadelphia Eagles whom he burned for an 80-yard catch and run for a touchdown last season.

Yes, Fitz is the best receiver on this team.  He keeps possessions alive.  He infrequently drops passes.  He will give 100 percent always.  These are traits I don’t know if you can find with any other receiver.  He is still a draw and amongst fan favorites.  The 68 ranking I believe is quite accurate.  It has been better but that’s alright.  All that matters is that he is still a Cardinal and producing.

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