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Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald Adjusting to New Offense

August 17th, 2013 at 7:19 AM
By Steve Smith

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He's been one of the best wide receivers in the NFL since his rookie season in 2004. Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals is a seven-time Pro Bowler and has achieved superstar status in the league.

However this season, under new head coach Bruce Arians, the University of Pittsburgh product is learning a new offensive scheme. Arians, who formerly served as offensive coordinator for the Indianpolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers, is regarded as an offensive guru. Learning a new system is never easy but Fitzgerald should be able to handle it and eventually thrive in it.

"Larry's a proud guy," Cardinals general manager Steve Keim told Arizona Sports 620's The Big Red Rage Thursday via arizonasports.com. "But he and I have had a few conversations, and for the first time probably in Larry's career, he's being challenged. "He's being challenged mentally. He's being challenged physically."

That should be no problem for the intelligent and talented Fitzgerald, who has amassed 10,413 career receiving yards and 77 touchdowns. With a new quarterback in Carson Palmer and upgrades at running back and wide receiver, there is optimism in the desert that Arizona's offensive production will be much better in 2013. Cardinals fans will get a closer look in today's pre-season contest against Dallas in Glendale.

"He (Fitzgerald) is having to learn three positions at wideout and you know what, it's out of his comfort zone, but that's a good thing," Keim stated to arizonasports.com. "I told him the other day once he gets this system down, his career will flourish under Bruce Arians."

There seems to be little doubt about that. Fitzgerald will turn 30 at the end of the month but he is still in his prime.

His best seasons may still be ahead of him.

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