With Carson Palmer Joining Arizona Cardinals, Will Larry Fitzgerald Bounce Back in 2013?

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As hard as it was to believe, the Arizona Cardinals looked like one of the hottest teams in football at the beginning of the 2012 season after a 4-0 start–only to lose 11 of their final 12 games to finish with a 5-11 record. While the Cardinals had plenty of areas in need of improvement, there’s no question the quarterback position was their top priority this offseason–especially after Larry Fitzgerald‘s production took a plummet in 2012 because of it.

Now that Carson Palmer is on board to take over as the new starter–Fitzgerald should be able to bounce back in 2013.

Throughout his career, Fitzgerald has proven to be one of the most dangerous wide receivers in the NFL as he had recorded at least 1,400 receiving yards in four of the previous seven seasons before 2012. However, Arizona’s struggles at quarterback hurt Fitzgerald the most last season as he was limited to just 71 catches for 798 yards and four touchdowns.

Hopefully, that is about to change with Palmer under center.

Palmer may not be anywhere close to his glory days with the Cincinnati Bengals, but the potential is certainly there now that he has an effective wide receiver like Fitzgerald as his No. 1 target. Everybody claims Palmer’s numbers were solid last season with the Raiders, but the truth is most of those statistics came during garbage time when the Oakland Raiders found themselves trailing late in games.

Fitzgerald and the Cardinals were in desperate need of a new quarterback–so it should be interesting to see how this situation plays out in 2013.

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