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Fitzgerald hauled in three balls (on seven targets) for 34 yards during Sunday's victory versus the 49ers.
Despite earning the most snaps (62-of-67) among the Cardinals' skill positions, according to FOX Sports 910 Phoenix, Fitzgerald ranked second in targets and third in receiving yards. Through three games, he appears to be little more than a decoy in order to create openings in the defense for Michael Floyd, Andre Ellington, and rookie wideout John Brown. Case in point: on Brown's second touchdown of the game, the safety bit on Fitzgerald on the outside, allowing Brown the necessary seam to get open near the end zone. Perhaps the knee issue that placed a question mark over his ability to play in Week 1 is still bothering Fitzgerald, but the best player in franchise history has posted just 10 receptions (on 21 targets) for 107 yards and no touchdowns through three contests.
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Fitzgerald had six catches on 10 targets for 51 yards Sunday against the Giants.
Fitzgerald narrowly missed a touchdown in the first quarter, when the ruling on the field of a score was overturned after it was determined he did not break the plane before he was down. With starting quarterback Carson Palmer out with a shoulder injury, Fitzgerald got plenty of attention from backup Drew Stanton, who didn't throw more than six passes to any other receiver. Despite his excellent skill-level, Fitzgerald is in a tough spot from a fantasy perspective, as evidenced by his seven catches for 73 yards through two games this season. Up next is a tough matchup against the 49ers.
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Fitzgerald caught only one of his four targets for 22 yards Monday.
A couple of them were in the end zone, but for the most part Carson Palmer checked down to his backs and looked for Michael Floyd. While Fitzgerald's no longer going to make many big plays, expect his volume to go up next week against the Giants.
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Fitzgerald (knee) is active Monday versus the Chargers, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.
As expected, Fitzgerald is active after a week of full practice. He's searching for his first 1,000-yard campaign since 2011.
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Fitzgerald (knee) is listed as probable for Monday's game against the Chargers, the Cardinals' official site reports.
We'll verify Fitzgerald's status Monday night, but after practicing fully all week, he looks good to go for the Cardinals' season opener.
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Fitzgerald (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
There's nothing to see here, as Fitzgerald has missed just four of a possible 160 games in his career, and none since 2007. Nonetheless, his status for the opener should be confirmed in the coming days.
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Fitzgerald made three catches on five targets for 71 yards in Sunday's preseason game versus Cincinnati.
Fitgerald and Carson Palmer weren't on the same page in the first quarter when the quarterback expected his star wide receiver to be in a different spot, and the result of the play was an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Otherwise, Fitzgerald showed a good rapport with Palmer, as the pair hooked up on a couple of long plays, including a 43-yard pass, in which Fitzgerald showed vintage run-after-the-catch skills. Third-year wide receiver Michael Floyd is expected to have a great season, and make a number of big plays, but Fitzgerald is still likely to be heavily targeted, and has always been a fantastic red zone threat.
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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.
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Coach Bruce Arians wants Larry Fitzgerald to play inside more as he gets older.
Much like Reggie Wayne, Larry Fitzgerald was a strict outside receiver throughout his career. But Arians is a master of moving his veteran receivers all over the formation, squeezing out better matchups. "Guys lose a step at age 30," Arians said. "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 the 954 receiving yards he posted in 2013.
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ESPN Cardinals blogger Josh Weinfuss now sees 2014 as "the equivalent of a contract year" for Larry Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald's restructure merely buys the Cardinals a little time. In 2015, he now carries a $23.6 million cap hit as well as $16 million in total 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 he finds his Hall of Fame form, Weinfuss thinks Arizona will "find a way" to swallow the cap hit.