GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a diving catch against the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. With that reception Fitzgerald became the fourth reciever in NFL history to catch 1400 yards in four consecutive seasons. Arizona won 23-20. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
So… We find ourselves at the start of OTA’s and the NFL’s top 100 Players of 2012 list. Because of this list there has been a huge debate as to who the true Number 1 WR is in the NFL. The two front runners… Detroit’s Calvin Johnson and our own Larry Fitzgerald. Hit the jump to find out who is truly the NFL’s number 1.
First let’s start with Calvin Johnson. Drafted in 2007 out of Georgia Tech, Calvin made a subtle impact. Hauling in 48 passes for 756 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s topped 1000 yards in 3 of his 5 seasons, and came close in 2009 but fell short due to injury. He has accumulated 5,872 yards in his 5 year career and 49 Touchdowns. He has started 76 games, having only played in 2 complete seasons. His best season came just this year while he had 1,681 yards with 16 TD’s, which lead to him making the Madden 13 cover, and more importantly, his lucrative seven year, 132 Million Dollar contract extension. According to ESPN though, Calvin Johnson had a 24 to 1 Drop Ratio in 2011.
Now we go to Larry Fitzgerald. Drafted in 2004 out of the University of Pittsburgh, Larry has been the face of the Cardinals
since his sophomore season really. In his 8 year Career, Fitzgerald has six 1000 yard seasons. He has gone for 9,615 yards throughout his career with 73 TD’s. He has played 124 games missing only 4 games in those 8 years. Fitzgeralds best season came during the 2008 Superbowl Campaign accumulating 1,431 yards while hauling in 12 TD’s. Because of his 8 great seasons the Cardinals rewarded him with a 120 Million Dollar, 8 year Contract extension last year. Also from ESPN Larry Fitzgerald had 80 to 1 Drop Ratio in 2011, which was the best in the NFL, and just so happens that Larry Caught every pass that was attainable. (The list was based off of 100 targets.
If you look at the stats Larry is clearly the best WR. But it goes beyond that. Neither WR has had a legit QB for more than 2 years , Calvin has never had a legitimate option on the other side of him, and Larry has had some of his better years without Boldin or a legitimate WR on the other side of the field. So in most ways their evenly matched, but I’ll give the nod to Fitzgerald.
So who’s the better WR? Try to be as unbiased as you can be please.