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Larry Fitzgerald | Wide Receiver

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/31/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 218
College: Pittsburgh
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Larry Fitzgerald caught 3-of-7 targets for 34 yards in Arizona's Week 3 win over the 49ers, also losing a fumble.
Fitz went catch-less for the game's first three quarters, but finally came on in the final period. His fumble could have been a killer, as he coughed it up at the 49ers' five-yard line. One week after being the apple of backup QB Drew Stanton's eye, Fitz was out-targeted by Michael Floyd, and drew just one more look than rookie John Brown. Fitz has had the looks of a mid-range WR3 through Arizona's first three games. Sep 21 - 7:46 PM

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Larry Fitzgerald secured 6-of-10 targets for 51 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Giants.

Much more involved than Week 1 with Drew Stanton under center, Fitzgerald worked the middle of the field in the Hines Ward-Reggie Wayne role under coach Bruce Arians. Expect Fitz's usage to be more along the lines of his Week 2 deployment going forward. He'll be a reasonable WR2/3 play in Week 3 against the 49ers. Through two weeks, Fitzgerald has seven catches for 73 yards.
Sep 14 - 4:46 PM

Speaking Tuesday, coach Bruce Arians said the Cardinals aren't going to make a concerted effort to force Larry Fitzgerald the ball.

"We don't design plays to have guys get the ball," Arians said. "Coverages dictate." It's a strong response to the scuttlebutt over Fitzgerald getting only four targets in Monday's win. Fitz's father tweeted he believed the Cardinals will look away from his son this season in preparation for next winter's contract fight. That's absurd. Michael Floyd has arguably emerged as the Cardinals' best receiver, while John Brown, Ted Ginn, Andre Ellington, John Carlson and Rob Housler are all worthy targets. Fitz's days of being an alpha No. 1 receiver are gone, leaving him as a mid-range WR2 in fantasy leagues.
Sep 9 - 3:55 PM

When asked about Larry Fitzgerald's one-catch night, Carson Palmer said you "just don't want to force balls to him."

Fitzgerald's dad tweeted that the impending 2015 contract dispute is to blame for the lack of usage (zero first-half targets, four overall), but that's silly. A more logical explanation is that Fitzgerald isn't separating like he used to and Palmer needs to throw to him even when "covered." Expect Fitzgerald to get plenty of possession-type looks against the Giants in Week 2.
Sep 9 - 7:52 AM

Larry Fitzgerald caught one pass for 22 yards in Monday night's Week 1 win over the Chargers.

Fitzgerald was targeted just four times on the night, and didn't see a ball come his way in the first half. It was some odd usage from the coaching staff, as the Cardinals preferred to target 5-foot-10 John Brown on an end-zone fade in the first half and also left Fitzgerald on the sideline on a third-and-four play. Fitzgerald doesn't stretch the field anymore and is more of an Anquan Boldin-type player at 31 years old. He's' more of a mid-range WR2.
Sep 9 - 1:58 AM

Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is listed as probable for Monday night's opener against the Chargers.

Fitzgerald was held out on Tuesday for rest purposes, but practiced fully throughout the week. He's the No. 21 receiver in Rotoworld's Week 1 rankings.
Sep 6 - 5:49 PM

Larry Fitzgerald acknowledges that his $23.6 million cap number for 2015 is untenable.

"I could go out this year and get 2,600 yards, and that cap number is still going to have to be addressed," Fitz said Thursday. "It doesn’t matter how well I play or how bad I play, it’s going to be addressed. I don’t even think about it." Although he's signed through 2018, Fitz is tacitly admitting that 2014 could be his final year in the desert. He's due $16 million next season between an $8 million salary and $8 million March roster bonus.
Sep 4 - 6:00 PM

Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is practicing in full for Week 1.

Fitzgerald was held out of Tuesday's unofficial practice for precautionary purposes. He'll be a mid-range WR2 against the Chargers in Monday's opener.
Sep 4 - 5:37 PM

Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is "fine," and will start Monday's opener.

Fitz sat out Tuesday's unofficial practice, but it was just a precaution. Fitzgerald has missed only four games through 10 NFL seasons, but was slowed by a concussion and hamstring issues in 2013. Now 31, he's not quite the physical freak he once was.
Sep 2 - 5:46 PM

Larry Fitzgerald sat out of Tuesday's unofficial practice with a knee issue.

It's almost certainly just a precaution. With the Cardinals playing on Monday night, they won't release their first official injury report until Thursday. It's something for Fitz's owners to be aware of, but not to fret over.
Sep 2 - 1:55 PM

Larry Fitzgerald caught three passes for 71 yards in Sunday's preseason game against the Bengals.

Fitzgerald now lines up outside in two-wide sets and shifts into the slot in three- and four-wide formations. It's the way Bruce Arians extends the careers of once-elite receivers that are beginning to decline. Through three preseason games, Fitz has seven catches for 106 yards and one touchdown while Michael Floyd didn't make his preseason debut until tonight (one catch, four yards). Fitz remains a solid WR2 bet as he'll see plenty of volume as Arians' Reggie Wayne/Hines Ward.
Aug 24 - 10:28 PM

The Arizona Republic believes 2014 could be Larry Fitzgerald's final season with the Cardinals.

Fitz, who turns 31 at the end of next month, carries a cap number of $23.6 million next season, which would take up 20 percent of Arizona's salary cap. "We've worked hard to keep him a Cardinal," owner Michael Bidwill stated Friday. "We're going to keep him a Cardinal." The Cards would need Fitzgerald to accept a major restructuring, or beat writer Kent Somers believes he would have to be cut or traded. Fitz doesn't have a 1,000-yard season since 2011.
Jul 27 - 2:05 PM

Coach Bruce Arians wants Larry Fitzgerald to play inside more as he gets older.

Much like Reggie Wayne, Fitz was a strict outside receiver until he met Arians, a master of moving his veteran receivers all over the formation to squeeze out better matchups. "Guys lose a step at age 30," Arians explained. "It's just natural. As hard as they train and everything, at 30 it's just a different ballgame. They accept it, they want to become better players, they say help me become a better player than when I was 26. This is how you do it." Fitz will turn 31 in August and is entering the equivalent of a contract year. He's a good bet to improve on last year's 954 yards.
Feb 24 - 8:15 AM

ESPN Cardinals blogger Josh Weinfuss now sees 2014 as "the equivalent of a contract year" for Larry Fitzgerald.

The restructure merely buys the Cardinals time. Fitzgerald now carries a $23.6 million cap number in 2015, as well as $16 million in salary. If Fitz fails to reach 1,000 yards for the third straight season and Michael Floyd continues to come on as a potential No. 1 wideout, the Cards may be forced to move on. If Fitzgerald rediscovers his Hall of Fame form, Weinfuss thinks Arizona will "find a way" to swallow the cap charge.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 5 - 8:36 AM

NFL.com's Albert Breer reports Larry Fitzgerald's contract restructure converted $11.75 million of his $12.75 million base salary into a bonus, creating $9.4 million of cap space.

That means Fitzgerald will technically make only $1 million in 2014, but gets $11.75 million right now. The $11.75 million the Cardinals "saved" will be spread out in $2.35 million installments over the next five seasons. The move saves Arizona a ton of cash up front, but sends Fitz's 2015 cap number to an untenable $23.6 million. The Cardinals are going to have an extremely hard decision to make a year from now.
Feb 4 - 7:40 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Logan Thomas
RB1Andre Ellington
2Stepfan Taylor
3Marion Grice
GLB1Stepfan Taylor
2Andre Ellington
3RB1Andre Ellington
2Stepfan Taylor
FB1Robert Hughes
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2John Brown
3Ted Ginn
WR21Michael Floyd
2Jaron Brown
WR31John Brown
TE1John Carlson
2Troy Niklas
3Rob Housler
4Darren Fells
K1Chandler Catanzaro