For that matter, Larry Fitzgerald would be glad to have anyone in Arizona who might be able to make this year even a little bit better than last year. Fitzgerald, the star receiver who will be catching passes from Palmer this season, said today that he’s eager to see the Cardinals do something positive after a disastrous 2012.
“I’m coming off the most disappointing season of my career and I’m in ‘prove it’ mode,” Fitzgerald said, via Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ website. “Anyone who can come to our team and help us reclaim the division I’m all for.”
Fitzgerald’s 798 receiving yards were his lowest total since his rookie year, and his four touchdowns were the fewest of any season in his career. As the Cardinals went from John Skelton to Kevin Kolb to Ryan Lindley to Brian Hoyer at quarterback, Fitzgerald spent a lot of time standing by helplessly, knowing no matter how open he got, the Cardinals didn’t have a quarterback who could consistently get him the ball.
Which means that if Palmer can even be an average quarterback in 2013, that will represent a significant improvement from what Fitzgerald had to deal with in 2012.