Yesterday was the first Sunday of the 2019 NFL season. That means instant reactions fly all across social media: the Steelers stink, Lamar Jackson should be the MVP favorite, the Browns are still the Browns, the Cowboys are going to the Super Bowl, and so on and so forth.
Another main topic of discussion after the NFL’s first week is the performance of Arizona Cardinals number one overall pick Kyler Murray. With new Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury, Murray and the Cards looked horrendous through three quarters against the Detroit Lions. Then came the fourth quarter where Murray and company overcame an 18-point deficit to force overtime.
Arizona and Detroit ended the game in a 27-27 tie, but there were definitely some significant takeaways. For example, Murray looked great when comfortable, Stafford looks like he is back to his former self, and rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson looked awesome. Still, Sunday showed some things we already knew. Mainly that Larry Fitzgerald is an animal.
The 36-year-old Fitzgerald was Kyler Murray’s security blanket as Arizona made its comeback. Fitzgerald finished the day with an 8 catch 113 yard performance. He also caught the touchdown in the fourth quarter that brought the birds within two of Detroit.
Seriously though, how good is this guy? Fitzgerald has been balling out in Arizona since 2004 while dealing with various quarterbacks. There have only really been two quality QB’s (Kurt Warner and Carson Palmer) to throw to the wideout over his career. But that has not mattered as the former Pitt Panther has a career 16 game average of 89 / 1,116 / 8.
After yesterday Fitzgerald proved he still has it even though wide receivers are supposed to fall off a cliff at 30-years-old. He is truly one of the greatest receivers to lace up cleats and it will be fun to see the type of season he can put together with Murray as his signal caller.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)