As the offseason moves along, we get lists and countdowns. The NFL Network is counting down its top 100 players. So is Pro Football Focus, who is doing a top 101. Arizona Cardinals guard Evan Mathis, signed a free agent this offseason, was the first Cardinal on the list, coming up 76th in the league.
As PFF has released more names, we now get to see Larry Fitzgerald. Previously unranked in 2015, he is now 43rd after what was basically a career year.
A year ago, it looked like we were seeing the end of Larry Fitzgerald's NFL career, but enter a rejuvenated Carson Palmer, and suddenly the old Fitzgerald was back to his reliable best. The Cardinals wideout dropped just three passes during the regular season, making that just 29 for his entire career (nine seasons, playoffs included). When you consider that Amari Cooper had 18 drops this season alone, it gives you some perspective on just how reliable Fitzgerald's hands have always been. In the 2015 regular season, he caught 78.4 percent of the balls thrown his way, and was a key cog in a phenomenal Arizona offense.
Best performance: Week 3 versus San Francisco: +4.5
Key stat: Fitzgerald caught 78.4 percent of the passes thrown his way, the highest percentage among receivers to play 1,000 snaps.
Among NFL players, Fitz has remained highly ranked, appearing each year in the top 100 players, as voted by the players. I expect him to move up in the rankings.
Is 43rd about right? He set a team record for receptions in 2015. He showed he is not washed up.