Fitzgerald hauled in six of 10 targets for 50 yards during Sunday's 26-14 loss to the Chiefs. After being held out of the end zone through the first six weeks of the season, Fitzgerald has two scores over his past three outings while averaging 64 yards per game. (He averaged fewer than 36 per game through Week 6.) New offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich has had an immediate impact on Fitzgerald's involvement in the passing attack, as he has garnered 22 targets over Arizona's past two outings, compared to 6.1 targets per game when Mike McCoy was calling the shots. Week 11 brings a matchup against an Oakland secondary that's allowing over 260 yards per game (bottom 10 in the NFL), but one that has been effective in containing opposing wideouts, as the Raiders have allowed the fifth-fewest wide receiver catches this year with 100.
Fitzgerald caught eight of 12 targets for 102 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 18-15 win over the 49ers. Fitzgerald led the team in targets and catches as he finished with his best receiving output of the season. He caught a 13-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and hauled in a two-point conversion attempt to put his team up three with just 34 seconds remaining. Interim offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich has stated his desire to revive Fitzgerald's season, while his 12 catches for 142 yards and a pair of scores over the last two weeks indicate he's up to the challenge. The veteran will enjoy a bye before taking on the Chiefs in Week 10.
Fitzgerald (hamstring) practiced fully Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. With his health cleared up earlier than it has been since injuring his hamstring Week 2, Fitzgerald will set his sights on turning around what has been slow start to the campaign. There's an expectation that the switch in offensive coordinator from Mike McCoy to Byron Leftwich will help Fitzgerald take off. "We have to do a better job getting him the ball and putting him in position to make plays for us," Leftwich told Urban on Thursday. "The plays are still there in him." The offense is now in the hands of rookie quarterback Josh Rosen, who has connected with Fitzgerald on 14 of 26 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown in his four starts to date.
Fitzgerald (hamstring) returned to practice Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. It's unclear how many practice reps Fitzgerald was able to handle, but he's on a similar path to previous weeks, when he was cleared either by the end of the week or just before kickoff. After posting three consecutive 100-catch, 1,000-yard seasons, the 35-year-old wide receiver was due for some regression in 2018. However, the combination of a lingering hamstring issue and the Cardinals' quarterback situation has contributed to a dismal campaign to date.
Fitzgerald didn't practice Wednesday due to a hamstring issue, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. While the Cardinals gave Fitzgerald an injury designation, his absence likely was more of a veteran day off than anything. Look for him to return in some capacity the next two days as he prepares for a significant workload yet again Sunday against the 49ers. On the season, Fitzgerald has paced the Arizona receiving corps by playing 86.9 percent of the team's offensive snaps.
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