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11 Larry Fitzgerald WR
Height/Weight: 6-3/218 | Birthdate: 8/31/1983 | Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN, USA | Team: Arizona | College: Pittsburgh | NFL Experience: 11 | Owned/Started%: 100/76 | Average Draft Position: 39.54
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Larry Fitzgerald emerges in passing game Week 2


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald played a much bigger role on offense during a 25-14 win Week 2 at N.Y. Giants after being held to one catch in the season opener against the Chargers.

Fitzgerald finished with six catches for 51 yards -- both team highs -- as Drew Stanton started at quarterback in the absence of Carson Palmer (shoulder). Fitzgerald was also targeted a team-high 10 times Sunday.

For a short while, Fitzgerald was also credited with an 8-yard touchdown catch on the opening drive. However, it was overturned after a replay showed Fitzgerald's knee was down at the 1-yard line before he stretched the football across the goal line.

Fitzgerald also had a 36-yard catch come off the board Sunday due to a penalty on an offensive lineman. The Cardinals are back in action Week 3 vs. San Francisco.


Cardinals won't force the ball to Larry Fitzgerald


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) In the wake of Larry Fitzgerald's one-catch performance Monday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the team won't force the ball to its 31-year-old star. "We don't design plays to have guys get the ball," Arians said. "Coverages dictate."

Targeted four times, Fitzgerald finished with one 22-yard reception.


Larry Fitzgerald barely extends reception streak


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught a pass in his 150th straight game, but it didn't happen until less than five minutes remained in the 18-17 win over San Diego. The 22-yard gain was the lone catch of the night for Fitzgerald, who was shockingly not targeted in the first half.

Fitzgerald ended up drawing four targets, including two uncatchable passes in the end zone. He'll visit the Giants in Week 2.


Larry Fitzgerald suits up


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who was probable with a knee issue, is active as expected for Monday night's game against the Chargers.

Larry Fitzgerald a good bet to score Week 1


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) In his last six season openers, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has scored five touchdowns. That's one reason to start him with confidence Monday night against the Chargers.

Here's another: Fitzgerald led all NFL wideouts with 24 red-zone targets in 2013. Only Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (25) had more.

The 31-year-old Cardinals icon enters his 11th season as the franchise's all-time leader in catches (846), receiving yards (11,367), touchdowns (87) and 100-yard receiving games (36). He's one of five players in NFL history to break 1,400 receiving yards four times. He has not missed a game since 2007.

Fitzgerald is coming off two straight seasons of under 1,000 receiving yards. But with quarterback Carson Palmer entering Year 2 in Bruce Arians' offense, Fitzgerald should get back over that plateau and again flirt with double-digit touchdowns.

Start him as a low-end WR1.


Coach says there is nothing wrong with Larry Fitzgerald


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is fine after he was spotted sitting out Tuesday's practice. Arians told the media that everyone practiced Tuesday.

Larry Fitzgerald sits out


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald missed Tuesday's practice with a knee issue, reports the Arizona Republic. Arizona plays Monday night and won't release its first injury report until Thursday.

Larry Fitzgerald racks up 71 receiving yards Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald had another productive showing Sunday night against the Bengals.  

Fitzgerald caught a 43-yard pass from Carson Palmer on the second drive of the night. He then made a leaping 19-yard grab in the second quarter. He caught three of the four passes thrown his way for 71 yards, averaging 23.7 yards per grab.


Larry Fitzgerald checks into the end zone in preseason action


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald made one of his two receptions count for six during Saturday's preseason opener against the Texans.

Fitzgerald was limited to the opening drive on offense and caught a short pass for a gain of 4 yards before coming down with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer. He caught two passes for 11 yards.

Hamstring keeps Larry Fitzgerald out of minicamp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald did not participate in Tuesday's workout due to a hamstring issue, reports Fox Sports. Fitzgerald was held out as a precaution, the report said. He has missed only two starts in seven seasons.


Larry Fitzgerald sees much more efficient offense


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has noticed a big difference in Year 2 under coach Bruce Arians. "We're working so much more efficiently," he told the Arizona Republic. "We're finishing (practice) periods with two, three minutes left. We're not having to restart, regroup and do over. It's very encouraging."

Fitzgerald conceded there were times last spring that he broke the huddle unsure of what to do. "It was difficult," he said. "I'm glad that's in the past and we're into a new year, into a new season. The young guys now can ask us (veterans) what we're doing and we are able to get them going. Last year, everyone was in that same learning stage."


Addition of Ted Ginn should help Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/10/2014) Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin believes that the addition of receiver Ted Ginn will only help the prospects for Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd to have big seasons in 2014

"[I]t's going to help the overall passing game a lot from a play-action standpoint and a drop-back standpoint," Goodwin said of Ginn's arrival per the Arizona Republic. "It's going to help Larry (Fitzgerald) and Michael (Floyd)."

The thinking is that Ginn will attract enough coverage to keep extra defenders from playing tight on Fitzgerald and Floyd. Without a third receiver boasting speed like Ginn, Fitzgerald had 954 yards and 10 touchdowns while Floyd posted 1,041 yards and five touchdowns. 


Larry Fitzgerald aiming for 1,300-1,400 receiving yards, 13 scores


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) After five straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has gone two straight without breaking that plateau. The 30-year-old star laid out his 2014 goals in response to a question about his recent contract restructuring and whether the team can afford to keep him in 2015.

“I don’t know what the future holds,” Fitzgerald told ESPN.com. “I can control what happens this year. Go for 1,300, 1,400 [receiving yards], 13 touchdowns, 1,000 catches in a Cardinals uniform. A large part of that is out of my control.

“You don’t control your destiny," he added. "That’s all I focus on, next year.”

Fitzgerald has posted three 1,400-yard seasons (2005, '07, 11). He caught a career-high 13 touchdowns in 2009.


Larry Fitzgerald playing inside more


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians believes receiver Larry Fitzgerald can be more effective moving around the formation and playing inside more. The shift began last season for Fitzgerald, who turned 30 in August.

“Guys lose a step at age 30,” Arians told the team's website. “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.”


A breakdown of Larry Fitzgerald's new deal


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/13/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald restructured his contract in order to give the team more cap room this offseason. ESPN provided a breakdown of his new deal.

Fitzgerald's contract for 2014 is worth $13 million, which includes a $1 million base salary, a $250,000 workout bonus and an $11.75 million roster bonus. His cap number for 2014 is $8.6 million.

In 2015, his cap number increases to $23.6 million. His contract that year will be worth $16.25 million because of an $8 million base salary and an $8 million roster bonus, plus a $250,000 workout bonus.

Fitzgerald's cap numbers for the final three years of his contract are $17.6 million in 2016 and $17.35 million in both 2017 and '18 -- the final two are option seasons.


Might this be Larry Fitzgerald's last year in Arizona?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/5/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald restructured his contract to give the team cap space, potentially to extend the contracts of Karlos Dansby and Patrick Peterson. But it does create a problem for the Cardinals heading into the 2015 season. 

That's because Fitzgerald's cap number for 2015 will be $23.6 million, an exorbitant amount for anyone. The number falls in each of the next three seasons but it's still between $17.35 and $20.6 million per season according to ESPN. 

According to ESPN blogger Josh Weinfuss, this could make 2014 a contract year for Fitzgerald. The team would be hard pressed to move around his money any further through the remainder of his deal and Fitzgerald might not be willing to take a pay cut. 

Fitzgerald will be 31 when the 2014 season starts and is coming off his second-straight sub-1,000-yard season. 


Larry Fitzgerald restructures contract, freeing up cap room


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2014) Eight-time Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals agreed on a restructured contract Tuesday that will cut the receiver's cap number in 2014 and give the team room to maneuver. While terms were not immediately available, Fitzgerald had been scheduled to make $12.75 million and count more than $18 million against the cap this year.

“I have a great relationship with (GM) Steve Keim, he drafted me in Arizona," Fitzgerald told Arizona Sports 98.7 last week. "I understand his vision and what he is trying to do and the direction he is taking this ballclub. I understand at 30 years old there are things that need to change. That’s part of football, that’s part of being an older veteran.

“I want to see this team do well. I love this group of guys. Patrick (Peterson’s) deal is coming up and he needs to be compensated as the best corner in the game, which I feel he is. We’ve got to take care of Karlos Dansby, Frostee Rucker, there are a lot of guys that deserve to be compensated for their play. And I understand that.”

Before the move, Arizona was projected to have less than $2 million in cap space. Fitzgerald is signed through 2018.


Cardinals glad Larry Fitzgerald open to restructure deal


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/31/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald said he's willing to restructure his contract to help the team's cap situation, which makes team president Michael Bidwill happy, reports the Arizona Republic.

Fitzgerald is willing to move money around in order to lower his $18 million cap figure for 2014. 

"Excellent," Bidwill said. "We expect to make progress. Larry’s a great player, a great teammate and wants to make sure we have the ability to improve the team. He's just a great guy. We're excited he's going to continue to work with us to help improve the team."


Larry Fitzgerald says he's willing to restructure contract


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2014) Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said he would be willing to restructure his contract, according to Fox Sports 910.

Fitzgerald is signed through 2018, but could restructure his deal so that the team can sign more players in free agency. Fitzgerald will count $18 million against the cap next season, and the team may want to lessen that figure. Fitzgerald would likely not accept a pay cut, so the team would have to push back his cap figure to the later years of his deal.


Pats had interest in Larry Fitzgerald last offseason


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) The Patriots had interest in dealing for Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald last offseason, according to CSNNE.com. 

There's no indication serious talks between the two teams took place. The Cardinals brought in Carson Palmer to keep Fitzgerald healthy, and the Patriots wound up signing Danny Amendola. Fitzgerald is under contract through 2018, so the Patriots won't have an opportunity to bring him in through free agency for a while. The Pats could opt to deal for other prominent receivers this offseason if they weren't happy with Amendola.


Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson could square off


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and cornerback Patrick Peterson have competed against each other in practice for three years. Sunday night, they could square off in the Pro Bowl as Fitzgerald will play for Team Rice and Peterson for Team Sanders.

“I think we bring the best out of one another, but I am going to have to take it to him on live television," Peterson told the team's website.


Report: Larry Fitzgerald won't take pay cut


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/1/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald is scheduled to count $18 million against the salary cap in 2014. Fitzgerald won't take a pay cut, reports the Arizona Republic, but "he will be open to a restructuring that might include converting salary into a bonus that can be prorated over the next few years."

The Cardinals have to reduce Fitzgerald's cap figure, or else they'll be "handicapped when it comes to extending other deals and signing free agents," the report said.


Larry Fitzgerald ends season just shy of 1,000 yards


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald ended his season on a high note as he cracked the century mark during Sunday's loss to the 49ers at home.

Fitzgerald came down with a 49-yard grab in the second quarter, which led to a Jake Ballard touchdown before the half. He caught six of the 11 passes thrown in his direction for 113 yards in a 23-20 defeat. It was only his second 100-yard game of the season, his first since Week 6.

Fitzgerald finished the season with 82 catches for 954 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has been held under 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons for the first time in his 10-year career.

Larry Fitzgerald should fare well in finale vs. 49ers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will be seeking a bounce back performance with a postseason spot on the line at home against the 49ers in Week 17.

The Cardinals must win Sunday's game and depend on other results in order to make the postseason, which means that the team will not intend on resting any of its starters. Fitzgerald was held to only three catches for 18 yards on four targets in Week 16 against Seattle. In his previous meeting against the 49ers, Fitzgerald caught six of the 12 passes thrown his way for 117 yards and a touchdown.

The 49ers have allowed a wide receiver in the end zone in three of the last four games played. Opposing wide receivers have scored 17.80 Fantasy points per game this season. Fitzgerald should be viewed as a solid starting option for Week 17.

Larry Fitzgerald held in check in second half of Week 16 win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who suffered a concussion his last time out, got off to a slow start during Sunday’s contest against the Seahawks in Week 16.

Fitzgerald was limited to only three grabs for 18 yards on four targets in the first half. He was targeted once but was held without a grab in the final half of the game. He finished with three catches for 18 yards on four targets in a 17-10 victory.

Fitzgerald has been held out of the end zone in each of his last two games played. He'll look to bounce back against the 49ers in Week 17. He had 117 yards and one touchdown in his previous meeting against San Francisco this season.