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Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd make NFL's 8th-best WR tandem

Will they be higher after 2014?

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Larry Fitgzerald has long been considered one of the best wide receivers in the game. However, his individual ranking seems to slip every year a bit more with younger players stepping and with his lower production, mostly due to quarterback play.

However. combined with Michael Floyd. the Arizona Cardinals have one of the best receiving tandems in football.

In fact, in a recent article by Chris Wesseling on, the duo makes the top 10 in the league.

According to Wesseling, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery make the league's best twosome, and based on a year ago, you can't really complain about that.

Fitz and Floyd rank eighth.

Even if we give Fitzgerald a pass for playing through a pair of hamstring injuries last season, he hasn't been an elite playmaker since 2011. That doesn't mean he can't recapture that form again, but he has to show it on the field. Floyd cleared 90 yards in four of the final six games en route to a quiet 1,000-yard season. Still improving, Floyd is a fine second fiddle and emerging deep threat.

That first sentence is hard for Cardinals fans to accept. Perhaps after a year under his belt with a new offense and being completely healthy will make a difference in 2014. "A quiet 1000-yard season" is a good way to describe Floyd's season. He did have a four-game stretch that had fans believing that the Cards had turned the corner and that the offense was going to explode.

It was those games that had at least a few wondering if he had passed Fitz as the team's best receiver.

Producing like that all season, avoiding the 40-yard games, is the next step for Floyd. If he can up the consistency, and if Fitz can regain his form, then they will shoot up the list for next year's list.

Eighth? Is that accurate for Fitz and Floyd? There are some dynamic pairs and some potentially deadly -- Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, Julio Jones and Roddy White, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, Andre Johnson and Deandre Hopkins, Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker.

Where would you put Fitz and Floyd?