The day grows ever closer — and it’s a day Arizona Cardinals fans have dreaded for a long time. Larry Fitzgerald, despite appearing to be an ageless wonder, will eventually have to hang up his jersey for good and retire. No one is sure when that will be and anyone that says they do is just guessing.
Regardless of the unknown date, life after Fitz will arrive one day and the Cardinals will need to have a plan in place as to how they will replace his production. That may prove difficult considering you are looking to mimic a Hall of Fame talent. But what if I told you that the answer(s) may already be on the roster?
Christian Kirk, the second round rookie out of Texas A&M, and Chad Williams, a sophomore receiver that did very little as a rookie, have both looked phenomenal this preseason. Kirk brings with him a great level of speed, elusiveness and field vision. Williams is a bigger receiver than can win at the line of scrimmage and use his size and relative quickness to shake off opposing defenders.
I am really excited about the growth of these two young receivers, especially as it pertains to their on-field relationship with quarterback of the future Josh Rosen. They both look to be a great fit in Mike McCoy’s more conservative, short and intermediate passing game offense.
With Fitzgerald still in the fold for the 2018-19 season, the Cardinals’ wide receiver group and their offense as a whole suddenly does not look as bleak as it did prior to training camp. And with Williams and Kirk in tow for the long haul, the same group may be set for the future as well.