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Larry Fitzgerald, at 35, still one of the top #1 options at WR in NFL

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The future Hall of Famer is still one of the best at his position in the NFL.

NFL: Arizona Cardinals OTA Arizona Republic-USA TODAY NETWORK

When it comes to offseason rankings, there have been many over the years.

Of the thousands and thousands that have been produced, one has been consistent, and that is that Larry Fitzgerald is one of the top wide receiver one options in the NFL.

That doesn’t change in 2018, despite the fact that Fitzgerald turns 35 in August.

In ESPN’s rankings of the top receivers in the NFL, Fitzgerald is among a group identified as the Tier 1: Clear No. 1s.

Fitzgerald comes in as the seventh ranked on the list:

He has set up lofty expectations with his recent run of success: He led the NFL in receptions in 2016 and was second last season. He’ll be expected to have another 100-catch and 1,000-yard season with a quarterback like Sam Bradford under center...

He also has big projections from ESPN:

Projected target share: 26 percent. Fitzgerald has led the Cardinals in targets each of the past 11 seasons. In fact, he paces the entire NFL in targets (1,469), receptions (904) and receiving yards (11,001) over the past decade. His 28 percent target share last season was his highest since 2011. The future Hall of Famer is entering his age-35 campaign but remains clearly atop the target totem pole in Arizona. -- Clay

If the Cardinals throw the ball 550 times in 2018 (which would have been right in the middle of the pack last season) with a 26 percent share of the targets, 143, with his 2015-2017 catch rate average of 71.3%, he’ll have another season of over 100 catches.

That would be another season with over 100 receptions, giving him six in his career.

Those numbers are impressive for any receiver, especially a 35 year old.