It was like old times for Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer on Sunday afternoon.
There wasn’t anyone on the Arizona Cardinals who missed Palmer more when he missed 10 games last season due to injuries than Fitzgerald. With Palmer throwing the passes, Fitzgerald averaged 80.5 yards per game. Without Palmer, that average dropped to 30.1 yards per game.
But on Sunday, the duo picked up right where they left off. Palmer connected with Fitzgerald in six passes for 87 yards, the most yardage Fitzgerald has hauled in since the 112 in Week 10 of last season -- the same game Palmer tore his left ACL against the St. Louis Rams.
“I wanted to make sure I was doing my job and making sure I was being active and trying to be a spark for my team today,” Fitzgerald said. “It was a great game offensively for us, a lot of different guys.”
While Arians put his full arsenal of football weapons on display Sunday, it was Fitzgerald who needed to get off to a fast start the most. It’s still quite early but Sunday put Fitzgerald on pace for 1,392 yards this season, which would be significant since Fitzgerald hasn't caught 1,000 yards since 2011.
Fitzgerald knew Sunday was coming in some form cheap larry fitzgerald caps or fashion.
As Cardinals coach Bruce Arians and Fitzgerald crossed paths in the hallway Wednesday, Arians told his star to get ready. Fitzgerald then spent the next four days excited with anticipation.
Arians doesn't call plays for Fitzgerald specifically to stir the University of Phoenix Stadium crowd wholesale larry fitzgerald jerseys china in a tizzy. He does call Fitzgerald’s number, however, when Arizona needs a big play.
When Arizona faced a third-and-6 in the third quarter, Fitzgerald got 10 yards and the first down.
“You’re always cognizant of the fact of how I can get him open,” Arians said. “Especially in zone coverage and we had a few plays designed that I held for the fourth quarter, not necessarily for that reason (but) just because he is a playmaker.
“If we need a playmaker, we save some things for the fourth quarter.”
The cheap larry fitzgerald socks Saints also did their part in giving Fitzgerald better looks Sunday, Palmer said.
He said it was clear New Orleans was trying to guard against the deep shots that Arians has become known for around the league by dropping back into coverage. But that allowed Fitzgerald to work underneath. Four of cheap larry fitzgerald jerseys online his six completions were thrown 12 yards or less in the air, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Part of it, also, is that Fitzgerald has learned how to navigate zone coverages out of the slot, a trait he didn’t need his first nine years in the NFL.
“I was extensively outside the numbers, so it’s a different world inside,” Fitzgerald said. “The game is a lot faster. The guys are a lot bigger. When you’re getting tackled outside the numbers, it’s usually a guy you’re much bigger than. It’s taken me a cheap larry fitzgerald t-shirt little bit to get used to it but at this age, the way I’m playing now, I feel like I’m much more of a complete player.”
Palmer tried Fitzgerald on a couple of deeper passes. A 29-yard pass in cheap arizona cardinals larry fitzgerald jerseys the third quarter was thrown 22 yards in the air, while a 22-yard pass in the fourth traveled 19 yards in the air. But the one play that got away was a first-and-10 from the Arizona 44. Palmer tossed it up 31 yards in the air to a wide-open Fitzgerald.
If he caught it, Fitzgerald would’ve been able to show off his speed. But the pass was overthrown by just an extra yard or two.
“He got some pressure in his face so he had to get it up a little earlier than he was hoping,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m not 22 anymore. I need to be close. He’s spoiled throwing it to J.J. (Nelson) and Smokey.