Cardinals news: Larry Fitzgerald can reach as high as No. 2 on multiple all-time lists in 2018
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Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald can reach as high as No. 2 on multiple all-time lists in 2018

Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

It was announced on Thursday that Arizona Cardinals All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald would be returning for his 15th season in the NFL.

In the wake of that, Fitzgerald now has the opportunity in front of him to move up to the second spot on the all-time in both receiving yards and receptions to further strengthen his Pro Football Hall of Fame bid, according to Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk.

In his first 14 years, Fitzgerald has amassed 1,234 catches for 15,545 yards and 110 touchdowns.

Fitzgerald needs just 390 receiving yards to move into second on the league’s all-time list behind some guy named Jerry Rice.

He’s currently third behind Terrell Owens (15,934). He’s not going to catch Rice (22,895), but there’s a real chance no one ever does.

It will probably take longer to move up on the all-time receptions list. He needs 92 to pass Tony Gonzalez (1,325) for second behind Rice (1,549)

Fitzgerald has continued to perform like an ageless wonder over the last three years that while tallying at least 107 catches and 1,000 receiving yards in each campaign. There may be another year of wear and tear under his belt, but the 34-year-old hasn’t shown any sign of decline at this point in time with one of the most productive three-year stretches of his career.

A significant factor in this equation will be the quarterback situation as that will impact the number of throws made in his direction through the course of his 15th year. He had shown this past season when Carson Palmer went down with an injury that he can remain productive. He posted five or more catches in eight of the last nine games of the season while reaching 100 receiving yards and double-digit receptions twice in the process.

All of this could simply be hinged upon him being able to stay healthy during the season which has he has only missed four games in his career while playing in every contest since the 2008 campaign. Ultimately, Fitzgerald appears to be headed toward adding a few more impressive marks to his illustrious career.