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Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald, Kliff Kingsbury have back and forth with targets

Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald, Kliff Kingsbury

Larry Fitzgerald finished Week 3 with just one reception for zero yards on three targets while the Arizona Cardinals fell to the Detroit Lions on a game-winning field goal by Matt Prater.

While Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury was self-critical for the lack of targets for Fitzgerald, the future Hall of Fame wide receiver downplayed his decreased numbers.

“I’m not concerned about my production at all, honestly,” Fitzgerald said, via Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals’ official site. “I’ve never been one to politick, or ask or request plays or passes. I don’t really operate like that. I’ve operated the same way since I was six years old and I don’t ever intend to change.”

Even though he wasn’t involved much in the Cardinals’ offense in Week 3, Fitzgerald is more concerned with winning than he is with his individual production, which has been his mantra throughout his career. On the other hand, Kingsbury sang a different tune, saying he needs to get Fitzgerald more involved moving forward.

“He’ll have a prominent role moving forward,” Kingsbury said. “It was just a bad day of playcalling by me. I didn’t get him the ball.”

If you wanted to find the last time Fitzgerald finished with zero receiving yards on three or more targets, you’d need to go back to his rookie season in 2004. During his debut campaign in 2004, Fitzgerald had zero yards on five targets versus the Buffalo Bills.

Between his first season to his 17th season in the NFL in 2020, Fitzgerald has put together an impressive resume with the Cardinals. Through the first three weeks, Fitzgerald has just 12 receptions for 84 yards.

Despite Fitzgerald not worrying about his usage with the Cardinals, Kingsbury expects to use the All-Pro wideout more moving forward.