At some point the number one Arizona Cardinals receiver will no longer be Larry Fitzgerald
He’s been the number one receiver for the Arizona Cardinals since he was drafted in 2004. Now entering his 16th season in the NFL, Larry Fitzgerald could find himself transitioning away from number one.
He’s lead the Cardinals in receiving in all but three seasons since his arrival. Only Anquan Boldin in 2006 and Michael Floyd in 2013 and 2014 ended up better statistically in receiving for the Cardinals.
Fitz however has always been the number one receiver. After drafting three very good receivers in the 2019 NFL Draft and mix that in with second-year receiver Christian Kirk and the potential receiver Kevin White brings in there could finally be a changing of the guard.
That’s not to say it will definitely happen but there are going to be many opportunities for the other receivers to step up in head coach Kliff Kingsbury‘s offense in 2019. Quarterback Kyler Murray will have many weapons at his disposal.
Fitz still has a lot to work for, milestones to reach. He certainly still has it to lead the team statistically. This is merely to point out that the time to pass the baton is almost upon us and could be closer than we all want to think.
This is a team that currently has 11 receivers on the roster. Of those 11, nine likely have a legitimate shot at making the roster. As many as seven could be on the roster come September.
Fitz will be the first one to say, at least publicly, that he just wants to win, stats are secondary. With milestones in place to pass this year, such as becoming number two in all-time NFL receptions, you can be sure privately Fitz will be working to still be the best.
Fitz has seen it all in his 16 years. It certainly would be fun to see him go out at the top of his game.