Larry Fitzgerald ARI -WRwill see more time in the slot
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has been seeing lots of time in the slot during minicamp practices. That's a significant change for Fitz, who ran just 19% of his routes from the slot last year. It looks like he'll be moving all over the formation in new HC Bruce Arians' offense. We saw Arians deploy a similar strategy with WR Reggie Wayne last year. It was at least part of the reason Wayne enjoyed a big-time bounce-back campaign (Andrew Luck didn't hurt either). Fitz is looking at a similar recipe this year: pass-happy Arians calling plays and an upgrade at QB in Carson Palmer. Still just 29 years old, Fitz seems ripe for a big 2013 season.
Larry Fitzgerald ARI -WRin "prove-it mode"
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald managed just 71 catches, 798 yards and 4 scores last year. The catches were his fewest since 2006, and the yards and TDs were his lowest marks since his 2004 rookie campaign. Fitz recently called it "the most disappointing season of my career." He said he's in "prove-it mode" in 2013. Fitzgerald obviously doesn't have anything to prove. But the added motivation can only help. The pieces are falling into place for a big-time bounce-back season. He has a pass-happy HC in Bruce Arians who just guided WR Reggie Wayne to a 106-catch season. And Carson Palmer finally gives Fitz a QB capable of consistently getting him the ball. We like Fitzgerald to rise back into the top-10 fantasy WRs in 2013.
Larry Fitzgerald ARI -WRwill get moved around
New Cardinals HC Bruce Arians plans to move Larry Fitzgerald around the formation to create opportunities to get him the ball. The obvious comparison here is to Reggie Wayne's resurgent 2012 under Arians. The problem: That came with a top-notch rookie passer. With crappy QBs in 2011, Wayne caught 75 balls for 960 yards and 4 TDs. That looks a lot like Fitz's 71-798-4 line from last year. The plan to get Fitz the ball at all costs is sound. His ceiling will be lower, however, until the Cards get better play at QB.
Larry Fitzgerald ARI -WRcatches just 1 ball Week 2
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald managed just 1 catch for 4 yards in Sunday's win over the Patriots. The 1 catch matched a career low. The 4 yards were a career low. HC Ken Whisenhunt blamed Fitz's poor outing on New England's defensive scheme. "I think Coach Belichick tries to take away the one thing you do best, and he tried to take Larry away," Whisenhunt said. That's true. But we all know the bigger issue here is Arizona's QB play. Kevin Kolb completed just 15 passes for 140 yards on Sunday. Even worse is that he only targeted Fitz 5 times. Regardless of how much coverage the guy is seeing, he needs more than 5 chances. Fitzgerald is talented enough to produce regardless of how ugly the situation is around him. Keep plugging him into your starting lineup -- big games are coming. But you'll have to live with more outings like Sunday's.
Larry Fitzgerald ARI -WRmoves down the rankings
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's 5 for 91 line from Thursday night's preseason game looks fine and dandy. But if you watched the game, you had to come away feeling a bit queasy about his 2012 fantasy outlook. CBS Sports' Clark Judge put it best: "More I see of Arizona, I get feeling there's no QB controversy there. There's a QB problem." John Skelton and Kevin Kolb combined for just 197 yards with 1 TD and 3 INTs in almost 3 quarters of action. And it was uglier than those numbers indicate. At this point, we're not confident in either guy's ability to consistently get the ball to Fitzgerald. Now, Fitz has finished 16th and 5th in fantasy points the past 2 years, despite shaky QB play. The guy is too talented to not get his numbers. But we're also worried about his game-to-game consistency. We still like him as a WR1, but we just lowered his projections. To see where Fitzgerald is sitting in our WR rankings, click here.
Larry Fitzgerald ARI -WRgets monster extension
The Cardinals have signed WR Larry Fitzgerald to an 8-year, $120 million contract extension. He'll get $50 million guaranteed. The deal makes him the highest paid WR in league history. Arizona has hitched its future to the combo of QB Kevin Kolb and Fitzgerald.
Larry Fitzgerald ARI -WRwants to stay in Arizona
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald is "absolutely" hopeful that he'll be able to work out a deal to stay in Arizona. Fitz says that "progress was being made" on a new contract before the CBA deadline last Friday, and that he's "not really interested" in testing the free-agent market. Of course, his tune could change pretty quickly if the Cardinals don't fix their QB problem. We're sure to hear plenty more on this over the next 12 months.
Larry Fitzgerald ARI -WRwants to play with Kevin Kolb
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cardinals are working with WR Larry Fitzgerald to upgrade the QB position. Fitz reportedly told his front office that Eagles QB Kevin Kolb is at the top of his wish list. It's believed that Kolb is available, but the price would be high. Fitz also mentioned Marc Bulger's name. It sounds like Arizona is looking towards free-agency to add a QB, rather than the draft. Other veterans that could be available include Kyle Orton and Vince Young.
Larry Fitzgerald ARI -WRdealing with wrist injury
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald was wearing a plastic brace on his left wrist after Sunday's game. Fitz said that it was for an injury he suffered back in Week 1. It won't keep him out of next weekend's game, but he'll continue to monitor his status.
Larry Fitzgerald ARI -WRputs in full Wednesday practice
WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) was a full participant in the Cardinals practice on Wednesday. Barring a setback, this will be our last Fitz update for the week. He'll play against the Rams Sunday and is a must-start fantasy option.
Larry Fitzgerald ARI -WRstill working on conditioning
While Cardinals HC Ken Whisenhunt says WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is on track to start Week 1, he also mentioned that Fitz is still working on his conditioning after missing so much time. Not what you want to hear about your #1 receiver. It'd be impossible to bench Fitz -- especially with a tasty matchup against the Rams -- but don't be surprised if he gets off to a slow start.
Larry Fitzgerald ARI -WRmoves down the DS Rankings
After witnessing the atrocity that is the Cardinals QB situation tonight, we just moved Larry Fitzgerald down our WR rankings. As talented as the guy is, he still needs someone to get him the ball. And we're not sure either Matt Leinart or Derek Anderson can do it. Plus, Fitz has that sprained MCL. He's fully expected to be ready for Week 1, but it's still a bit worrisome. Draft Sharks members can click right here to check out our new projections for Fitzgerald.
Larry Fitzgerald ARI -WRgets good news
An MRI on Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald’s knee revealed only a sprain. Fitz avoided disaster here, but the Cards will play it safe with their superstar leading up to Week 1. Beat writer Kent Somers reports that the team is likely to keep him sidelined for the remainder of the preseason. While he might come out of the gates rusty, #11 will be ready to go for his Week 1 matchup in St. Louis.
Larry Fitzgerald ARI -WRnicks his knee
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald was pulled from Saturday night's preseason game with a minor knee injury. “I’m fine. I’m fine,” Fitzgerald said afterwards. “I was able to finish the drive. I could have continued to play but they pulled the plug on me.” HC Ken Whisenhunt didn't seem too concerned either. “He wanted to keep going but obviously we are going to be conservative with that,” Whiz said. “We’ll get him checked out. He was walking around the locker room (after the game). He’s a little stiff, which you would anticipate, but we will be conservative in our approach because I don’t think we need to find out about Larry in the preseason.” Fitz might miss a few days of practice, but he'll clearly be good to go for Week 1.
Larry Fitzgerald ARI -WRLarry Fitzgerald tweaks elbow
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald left late in Sunday's win over the Rams with a minor elbow injury. Both Fitzgerald and HC Ken Whisenhunt said that the WR could have re-entered had the game been closer. "All good. I'm all good. All good, OK?" Fitz said after the game. The Cardinals are still playing for seeding this coming week, so expected Fitzgerald to be out there.
Larry Fitzgerald ARI -WRLarry Fitzgerald practices Wednesday
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) practiced on Wednesday and is a go for Sunday's dream matchup against the Lions. The only concern is the Cards possibly pulling Fitz from the game early if they get out to a big lead. He's still a must-start.
Larry Fitzgerald ARI -WRLarry Fitzgerald in some pain
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald is experiencing some pain in his injured right knee. It's the bone bruise, not the sprained MCL, that is causing him problems. Still, Fitzgerald is confident that he'll play this Sunday against the Lions. "We're football players," Fitzgerald said. "It's our instinct to go out there and play, no matter what the issues are. Everybody on this roster is dealing with some type of pain. When you sign a contract, it's not just when you're healthy or when you're feeling good. It's every day. You've go to go out there and work hard and produce." And that right there is why we love Fitzy.
Larry Fitzgerald ARI -WRLarry Fitzgerald limited again
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) was limited in practice for the 2nd straight day on Thursday. But he said he's feeling better and did more in the workout than he did on Wednesday. Fitz is still on track to play this Sunday against the Lions.
Larry Fitzgerald ARI -WRLarry Fitzgerald says he'll play
After increasing his reps in Friday's practice, Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald said that you can count on him playing Sunday against the Lions. We believe him. Check back Sunday morning for his official status. He's a must-start if active.
Larry Fitzgerald ARI -WRLarry Fitzgerald expected to play
NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora reports that Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) will play against the Lions tonight. We'll update his official status around noon ET, but Fitz is a must-start if active.
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