It was a season to forget for Larry Fitzgerald in 2012.
The Arizona Cardinals' future Hall of Fame wide receiver suffered through one of the worst seasons of his career and everyone knows it wasn't his fault. Poor quarterback play was the main culprit as John Skelton (six games), Kevin Kolb (five games), Ryan Lindley (four games) and Brian Hoyer (one game) called signals for the Red Birds last year and the results weren't pretty.
Fitzgerald ended his 2012 campaign with career lows in yards per reception (11.2) and receiving touchdowns (4), and the University of Pittsburgh product the second-lowest yardage total (798) of his nine-year NFL career.
Things appear much brighter this summer as the Cardinals gear up for training camp because 11-year NFL veteran Carson Palmer is Arizona's new field general. The USC product may be 33-years-old but he still possesses a strong arm and 189 career touchdown passes on his resume.
Fitzgerald is expecting quite a turnaround this coming season.
"Look, this is a big year for me coming off my worst season as a pro," Fitzgerald told USA Today. "I know Carson wants to play well this year. This is a huge year, and we're leaning on each other. It's as simple as that. I need him as bad as anybody, and I'm going to go out there and give everything I can for him."
Palmer and Fitzgerald have been in Minnesota this week at "Camp Fitzgerald" That's where Fitzgerald gets some players to work out with him in Minneapolis. Besides Palmer and Fitzgerald, this year's group includes New England's Leon Washington and Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne and Jordan Shipley from the Jacksonville, Jaguars.
The two veterans will be ready to take the field running once Cardinals training camp commences on July 25.
"The goal," Palmer told USA Today, "is to come into training camp and be ready — not have a day or two where you're kind of getting back into the swing of things — and try to get rhythm and timing down."
Fitzgerald and Palmer seem to have their timing down already. That can only spell could things for the Red Birds in 2013.
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