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A closer look at Prisco's top 10

By Pete Prisco|Senior NFL Columnist
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Fitzgerald hasn't always had the benefit of a great QB, but he finds ways to excel. (US Presswire)
Fitzgerald hasn't always had the benefit of a great QB, but he finds ways to excel. (US Presswire)
 
Why he's in this spot: Without the benefit of a big-time quarterback, Fitzgerald had one of his best seasons in 2011. He had 80 catches for 1,411 yards and eight touchdowns. He did so with two quarterbacks throwing to him in Kevin Kolb and John Skelton. Entering his ninth season, it will be interesting to see if he can build on that season with rookie Michael Floyd now on the other side and Kolb and/or Skelton more comfortable with the offense.

2012 number that stands out: Fitzgerald averaged 17.1 yards per catch last season, the highest number in his eight seasons.

Strengths: He is a big, fast receiver who has that extra gear to get on top of a corner and beat him. He is another receiver who is good at going up to the highest point to get the football. He plays much faster than his clock time. He also has the best hands of any receiver in the league with one drop last season.

Weaknesses: I don't see any. He catches it. He runs good routes. He even blocks. And he doesn't drop passes. Wow.

Stock up or down: Up. Fitzgerald has compiled amazing numbers in his eight years, sometimes without the benefit of good quarterback play.

Did you know: Fitzgerald's dad, Larry Sr., is a sportswriter and radio personality in the Minneapolis area.

 
 
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