There is little doubt the Cardinals have been trying all season to get the ball to Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and they would still like to get it to him more often. But for all the talk of having a second receiver to stretch the field for the Cards, the quest to get Fitzgerald down the field has worked so far this season.
Fitzgerald has 505 yards receiving on 31 catches, a 16.3 per catch average. Fitzgerald’s career average coming into the year was 13.4, and his career-high came in 2008 when he averaged 14.9 yards a reception (his career-best 1,431 on 96 receptions). The last two seasons, it was 11.3 in 2009 and 12.6 in 2010.
“We’ve been behind in a couple of games and we’ve got to take some shots and I’ve been lucky a couple of times,” Fitzgerald said. “But I’d rather have my yards per catch be 10.0 than us be 1-5, to be honest. It’s frustrating not being able to go out there and have the success we’ve had in the past.”
That’s the most important corollary, of course. His best season scoring touchdowns — 13 — came during his worst season averaging yards per catch in ’09. But as the Cards’ offense struggles, having Fitz with more “explosive” downfield plays not only helps, it’s necessary if the Cards have hope to climb out of their funk.
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