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Fitz hangs on

Posted by Darren Urban on July 2, 2012 – 10:18 am

We’ve talked about this before, but Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t drop the ball very often.

Stunning, I know.

Anyway, obviousness aside, the guys at profootballfocus.com (the best site this time of year, when little is going on and stat breakdowns can be discussed) note that Fitz has the second-best rate of hanging on to the ball in the NFL the last three seasons. Fitzgerald has, according to PFF, nine drops among 275 catchable balls, a percentage of 3.27. That trails only Earl Bennett of the Bears, who is at 3.15 (four drops in 127 catchables.) Among the top five in the ranking, the next closest to Fitz in terms of catchable balls is Houston’s Kevin Walter, at only 148.

More interesting to me, however, is the list of players of total catchable balls in those three years. Only Atlanta’s Roddy White (491) has been targeted more than Fitzgerald (461) in the time frame, yet Fitz is only fifth on the list of catchable balls — defined by either a catch or a drop on the play. I think of the handful of passes that added to that total because Fitz caught them that never would have been deemed catchable had he not stabbed them with one hand.

You know, like the couple he had against the Seahawks in the finale.


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11 Responses to “Fitz hangs on”

  1. By Andy Kw on Jul 2, 2012 | Reply

    Larry Fitzgerald is just the best receiver in the NFL. He is willing to do anything to make a catch. He leaps and jumps and isn’t afraid to get tackled. He has developed techniques over the past 8-9 years that makes him the best Wide Receiver in the NFL.

  2. By Ditship on Jul 2, 2012 | Reply

    That Seahawks catch has to be the single greatest catch I’ve ever seen live. The Stadium Chanting “Larry” after the catch made it all the more amazing. We all knew the Cards were going to win the game and the Hags could do nothing about it.

  3. By azdesertrat1953 on Jul 2, 2012 | Reply

    Larry Fitzgerald is the Best “I will do Anything to help the Team” type player that the Cards have had in a long time. What is really cool is the fact the rest of the Team has that same idea now.

    What other WR in the NFL would still keep playing after coughing up blood from a bruised lung after a hit, and then do what Larry did in that Seattle game, the rest of the Team, I think, was taken aback when they found out what happened and that he Still Played out the rest of the game. I know I was feeling a lot fear for the Man.

    One other thing, this kid Michael Floyd. He has been practicing/working out with Fitz in the off-season for two or three years before the draft?

    I see the start of something here that is going to be more, than we as Fans, could hope for.

    I’ll say it again, IMHO, the Big Red sleeping Giant is awake and Very upset about being told to many times. “You Are Not Good Enough.”

    GO CARDS!!!

  4. By johnwimmer on Jul 2, 2012 | Reply

    The “Hags”. Ha ha ha ha… Aha ha ha… LOL!

  5. By Scott H on Jul 2, 2012 | Reply

    I’d like to see the stats on how many balls are caught by WR’s that probably SHOULDN’T be. Who else could possibly be ahead of Larry Fitzgerald on THAT list?

  6. By clssylssy on Jul 2, 2012 | Reply

    2nd for “catchable balls”? What about all those “uncatchable” balls that he has leaped like a gazzle to snatch out of the sky while being double or triple teamed? Did they count those? I have NEVER see a player do the things he does which is why he is considered “the best hands in football”. In addition, he is a model player, respected by his peers, fans, sports analysts…I’ve never met anyone who had a bad word to say about him even our rivals. On a slightly different note…when are we going to be able to get Skelton jerseys and where?
    Or, does the fact that they aren’t available mean the decision has been made that Kolb is our QB and all the talk about the job being a competition merely lip service to please the fans?

  7. By Eazy E on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    Some of the catches he made against Seattle at the toaster we’re just the sickest! He is so damn good and we are blessed to have drafted him and had him this long.

  8. By Eric Y on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    @Ditship

    I wish i was there for that.

  9. By drummer-1 on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren, What does being able to buy a jersey have to do with the QB competition?

  10. By scott023 on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    Fritz is without a dout the best there is in the game. I am so proud that he is a cardinal. Also floyd and this other new kid that came from miami as a walk on that is called little fritz, and he is teaching them! With these weapons, we have a defense that can shut down all others. If our offensive line can give our qb the time, with both rb’s healthy. We are going to be feared every sunday. Fritz is the key to it all. He walks the walk. He is a leader of leaders. Manning made a big mistake by not coming to the cardinals. Any qb that has him as a target is truely blessed. Thank You Larry for all you do.

  11. By William Barry on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    Fitz is one GREAT player, his actions will rub off on Floyd!!!! GO Cards!!!

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