Through no fault of his own, Larry Fitzgerald had the worst season of his NFL career in 2013. The talented wide receiver recorded career lows in touchdowns (4) and yards per reception (11.2). He also failed to hit the 1,000 yard mark for the first time since 2006 (when he missed three games). I blame all of this on the atrocity that was the Arizona Cardinals‘ quarterback situation.
If there was even a shred of talent behind center for the Cardinals last year, there’s no way Fitzgerald puts up those kind of numbers. Yeah, maybe he’s finally lost a little bit after nine seasons in the league, but no way his numbers fall that much if Arizona had a decent QB.
The good news? Carson Palmer was inked in the offseason, and while you can’t call him a proven-winner, he’s a heck of a lot better than John Skelton and Kevin Kolb. To be fair to Palmer, he had almost no chance of success in Oakland. That organization has been in the toilet for a decade, and he just didn’t have a ton to work with. That will change with his new team.
Palmer and Fitzgerald are going to be great for each other. Both could easily fill the role of kick starting each other’s careers. While Palmer isn’t great, he’s more than capable of connecting with Fitzgerald for 1,200 – 1,400 yards this season. Just having the luxury of a receiver with that much talent, should do wonders for Palmer.
It’s unlikely we ever see Fitzgerald return to the form of the glory days when future hall-of-famer Kurt Warner was tossing him the pigskin. But, with Palmer under center, I think he returns to his Pro Bowl-form.
Odds of Larry Fitzgerald returning to form in terms of career average production in 2013 – 89%.
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