Fitzgerald said he hasn't yet considered whether 2016 might be his last season, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Set to turn 33 shortly before Week 1, Fitzgerald only has one year remaining on his contract, but he remained highly effective last season even as John Brown and Michael Floyd also thrived (at times) in the excellent Arizona offense. While a repeat of 2015's 109-1,215-9 receiving line is probably too much to ask, Fitzgerald proved beyond any shred of doubt that he can still play at a high level. Barring a major injury or steep downturn in effectiveness, he'll likely stick around beyond 2016, be it in Arizona or elsewhere. With Floyd also entering the final year of his contract and likely seeking a big deal afterward, the Cardinals probably won't retain both receivers past 2016.
Fitzgerald reeled in four of seven targets for 30 yards in Sunday's NFC championship loss to the Panthers. Fitzgerald enjoyed a renaissance in 2015, the beneficiary of Bruce Arians' play calling and Carson Palmer's quarterback play. The latter soured to end the season, and Fitzgerald's production went south. Still, the 32-year-old receiver set a career high in catches in 2015, was targeted at least five times in every game and caught at least five passes in 14 of 18 contests. Provided Palmer is able to shake a bad end to this season, Fitzgerald should hold a ton of value as his favorite target heading into 2016.
Fitzgerald (ankle) caught six of seven targets for 55 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 36-6 loss to Seattle. Fitzgerald had taken a backseat to Michael Floyd over the previous nine games, as the veteran wideout scored just two touchdowns and posted only one game of 100+ receiving yards during that span. There had been even more of a disparity between them over the last four weeks, with Fitzgerald catching 20 of 27 targets for just 168 yards, while Floyd snagged 23 of 37 targets for an impressive 387 yards. Things were different Sunday, however, as Floyd didn't catch a pass until garbage time in the fourth quarter. In any case, both Fitzgerald and Floyd look like great options for those that are participating in playoff leagues, as the Cardinals will have a first-round bye.
Fitzgerald (ankle) is active for Sunday's contest versus the Seahawks, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports. Carson Palmer will have the Cardinals' entire receiving corps at his disposal in the season finale, but head coach Bruce Arians could shut down some the regulars, including Fitzgerald, early if the Panthers hold a significant lead in their own game against the Buccaneers. Nevertheless, it should be noted that Fitzgerald burned the Seahawks for 10 receptions and 130 yards in their first meeting in Week 10.
Fitzgerald (ankle) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Fitzgerald practiced fully Friday, putting him on track to play on Sunday against Seattle, which puts him in a better spot in that regard than teammate Michael Floyd, who the Cardinals list as questionable for this week's contest.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||New England Patriots||21||23.78|
|2||09/18||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||26||24.63|
|4||10/02||Los Angeles Rams||5||18.50|
|5||10/07||@San Francisco 49ers||17||22.38|
|6||10/18||New York Jets||18||22.75|
|10||11/13||San Francisco 49ers||17||22.38|
|15||12/18||New Orleans Saints||27||25.13|
|17||01/01||@Los Angeles Rams||5||18.50|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||128||85||984||7||51||11.58||140|