American Football Article
Arizona Cardinals Are Flying Through the Air
The fact is that the Arizona Cardinals possess one of the best one-two tandems at wide receiver in all of the NFL. Larry Fitzgerald, a four-year player, and Anquan Boldin, a five-year guy, are together two tremendous talents. Both have been with the Cardinals for their entire careers.
Together this duo can be especially difficult to beat. Fitzgerald offers fine speed and has excellent hands, while Boldin, although a number two receiver for the Cards is physical and large. He’d be a number one pass catcher on just about any other club.
In 2007, Fitzgerald caught 100 balls for 1,409 yards and 10 touchdowns. The 24 year-old WR is six-foot-three and 226-pounds. He is elusive and quick, possessing the ability to penetrate a secondary. He can grab the long ball, catching up to it, and also has a penchant for taking down the jump ball in the red zone. He is a big blocker but is not as physical as he could be. Speed is not his best quality, and he is not the best at breaking tackles. Overall, Fitzgerald is a primary threat as a receiver.
In 2007, Boldin had 71 catches for 853 yards and nine touchdowns. He stands six-foot-one and weighs 217-pounds. The WR is known for being tough, big and physical. Although not a long threat, Boldin is a fine short and intermediate pass catcher. He reads zone coverage nicely and pushes off to create separation without drawing a flag. Fine quickness, good tackle breaking skills and athletic balance all make him a true playmaker.
The Three Spot
The Cardinals offer depth in the number three spot, which includes Early Doucet, Ahmad Merritt, Jerheme Urban and Steve Breaston. Merritt offers the most experience, while Doucet is a promising rookie.
Watch out, these Cardinal catchers could be some of the best around. If third-year QB Matt Leinart can step up or decade-vet QB Kurt Warner can put it together, this team will be massive when it comes to the air game.
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