Larry Fitzgerald Fantasy News
Friday, July 11, 2014, 9:59pm
There are several reasons Mike Brown is in Minnesota this week, but the biggest one is simple. There’s really nowhere else he would rather be.
The same is true of Cecil Shorts III, who – like Brown, his teammate in the Jaguars’ wide receivers corps – is in Minneapolis, Minn., with a slew of NFL wide receivers and quarterbacks at Larry Fitzgerald’s annual offseason workout camp at the University of Minnesota.
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Slim Kyle Rudolph looks to play big role
Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 2:45pm
It generally isn't until about now, with training camp just around the corner, that Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph starts keeping a close eye on his weight. He has always worked out in the offseason, with an eye toward getting ready for the season, but Rudolph will admit he has also used his training regimen as justification to cut some nutritional corners.
Rudolph started keeping a closer leash on his diet in February, with an eye toward slimming down before the Vikings' voluntary veterans' minicamp in April. He is now about 260 pounds, he said, after playing at 275 last season, and with a more active role in the Vikings' passing game likely awaiting him this season, Rudolph has been working to refine his skills as a receiver.
Rudolph is working out at Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald's training camp this week, training with Fitz and a group of receivers for the fourth year. He has been drilling his speed in and out of his cuts with Fitzgerald's trainer, Bill Welle. In a scheme that has traditionally rewarded tight ends, Rudolph could see the payoff this season. We currently rank Rudolph 9th among our TEs with an ADP of the 10th round, but outside of the top-three, everyone can look the same when it's time to draft that position. Perhaps Rudolph is a name to keep in mind as someone to step up this season among a large group of second tier players.
Cardinals 'very high' on 'special' WR John Brown
Thursday, June 26, 2014, 10:11am
Cardinals intend to use Ted Ginn as WR3
Monday, June 16, 2014, 5:59pm
"He doesn't have that much experience as a wide out, surprisingly," HC Bruce Arians said. "I have no idea why."
Well, that's about to change. With the Cardinals, Ginn will be primarily used as their third receiver, filling the void left by Andre Roberts, who signed with Washington during free agency. Ginn will still be charged with returning kicks and some punts, but his main duties will be alongside Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.
"Anytime you can hit a home run in one play, it's easy," Arians said. "The threat of those guys being out there is that every play you can hit one. What they do to the defense to open up everybody else, you don't have to throw it long. You hit a fast guy going across the field, it's easier for him to turn it up and go to the distance."
Arians has been pleased with Ginn's route running and catching ability, which has led to more confidence for Ginn. He'll need it as he embarks on a season as primarily a receiver. He'll still have special teams' duties and QB Carson Palmer hopes Ginn will be able to give the offense shorter fields to work with.
Friday, June 13, 2014, 5:50pm
Last year you could hear it in Cardinals QB Carson Palmer’s voice especially, a pump-the-brakes feel when he talked about Bruce Arians’ scheme and the team grasping its responsibilities. Perhaps more than any other player in the locker room, Palmer isn’t willing to dress up a situation just to do it. He won’t start harshly criticizing anything, but you can hear the reticence. That concern was gone this offseason. Palmer isn’t declaring the Cardinals an offensive juggernaut. But there is a comfort level in what Arians does and the people he has doing it.
Palmer was the #22 QB through eight weeks, but was #6 from Week 10 to Week 17, after the team’s Week 9 bye. His receiving corps is pretty solid with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, who had a breakout season in his second year. While it's good to hear that he's more comfortable in the offense, it’s hard to get too excited about Palmer as anything more than a committee type given the fact that one-quarter of his schedule consists of matchups against the Seahawks and 49ers.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 5:32pm
Cardinals much more comfortable in Bruce Arians' offense
Monday, May 26, 2014, 1:14pm
After a rough 2013, the Cardinals feel much better about the offense heading into the summer of 2014:
"We're working so much more efficiently," receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. "We're finishing (practice) periods with two, three minutes left. We're not having to restart, regroup and do over. It's very encouraging."
HC Bruce Arians is convinced his offense has turned a corner, not just put its blinker on.
"Where we're at this point is like light-years from last year," he said last week after the team's first full-squad workout of the off-season. "They are getting on the same page. Every play, they come back and there is good dialogue — 'Why did you break out? Why did you break in?' "
"We've got a ton of work to do," QB Carson Palmer said, "but it just feels so good to be confident and be comfortable and know the guys around you know that you know what you're doing.
"There's not a shadow of a doubt on certain plays where there was in the past, like there are in new systems and new offenses. Just a great start and a long way to go."
If the offensive line can come together, this bodes well for Palmer, Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, who has stood out in offseason activities. Palmer finished as the #17 QB in 2013 and is a QBBC/streaming candidate heading into 2014.
Michael Floyd 'caught everything' in OTAs
Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 6:20pm
Entering his third season, Floyd has the potential to surpass Larry Fitzgerald as the team's top fantasy receiver.
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 1:32pm
The Bills traded up to select Sammy Watkins fourth overall last week, but Football Outsiders assistant editor Scott Kacsmar believes Watkins' success at the college level may not translate to the NFL.
Here's what Kacsmar writes on Watkins:
"To spend a top-five pick (and then some) on a wide receiver, he'd better be a special player. Watkins is not the type of athletic freak like Calvin Johnson capable of catching a jump ball in triple coverage, but who is? Watkins is not as polished with his route running or sure-handedness as Torry Holt or Larry Fitzgerald. Watkins is not an all-around threat like A.J. Green and Julio Jones. Those are most of the receivers who were worth a top pick."
Watkins gained 71.3 percent of his receiving yards after the catch at Clemson, numbers that Kascmar says compare to receivers like Tavon Austin or Percy Harvin -- talented in the short game and after the catch, but not necessarily big-play threats.
Watkins is a talented receiver, but he's no Calvin Johnson. He's joining a run-heavy offense with E.J. Manuel as his quarterback, so we're not terribly bullish on his potential production in 2014. He's currently going in the 6th round, which is a high price to pay for an unproven receiver in a run-first offense.
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 10:50am
Cardinals OC Harold Goodwin says that the Ted Ginn signing is going to help Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd: "Ted Ginn, speed. Great addition, and it's going to help the overall passing game a lot from a play-action standpoint and a drop-back standpoint. It's going to help Larry (Fitzgerald) and Michael (Floyd)."
Monday, February 24, 2014, 12:02pm
Cardinals HC Bruce Arians changed the role of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald last season, having him play inside and moving him around. Arians said Fitzgerald got more comfortable with it during the season and it helped to play inside where his size could be an advantage. Arians had done it previously in Pittsburgh with Hines Ward and in Indianapolis with Reggie Wayne.
A major factor in making the shift for Fitzgerald, Arians said, was the receiver’s age. Fitzgerald turned 30 in August.
“Guys lose a step at age 30,” Arians said. “It’s just natural. As hard as they train and everything, at 30 it’s just a different ballgame. They accept it, they want to become better players, they say help me become a better player than when I was 26. This is how you do it.”
Saturday, February 1, 2014, 12:51pm
Browns WR Josh Gordon received a personal invitation from Larry Fitzgerald to attend his annual pre-camp all-star training session in Minnesota, in which former stars such as Michael Irvin, Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders help current top players perfect their skills. The camp runs for about six weeks in the summer, and Pro Bowl-caliber players come and go.
"I'm definitely going to make the trip,'' said Gordon. "I talked to Larry and he personally invited me out. Michael invited me, Jerry invited me, so I've got to go. It's going to be fun. It will be in the summer time and help get ready for training camp and hopefully tear it up this season.''
It's great to hear that Gordon -- who has had off field issues in the past -- seems focused and committed to perfecting his craft. The sky is the limit.
Palmer, Fitzgerald, Housler ACTIVE for Cardinals
Sunday, December 22, 2013, 2:38pm