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It’s true that Fitzgerald had a solid afternoon. He was not the leading receiver, however. In fact, he finished third in receiving yards.
Andre Roberts—the team’s starting slot receiver—led the Cardinals with eight receptions for 97 yards (12.1 yards per catch). While he did not score, Roberts converted at least three key third downs on multiple scoring drives. Without him, the score could have been worse than the field-goal deficit.
Then, there’s Michael Floyd. He caught just four passes Sunday, but his 82 yards and 20.5 YPC are reason for hope. The second-year receiver also had a highlight-reel catch on the first play of the second quarter, going up for a deep jump ball with a defender on his back and hauling it in with one hand.
One other thing: Of the receivers who caught a pass Sunday, Fitzgerald’s 10.0 yards-per-catch average was the lowest. Only running back Rashard Mendenhall’s 4.0 YPC (1 reception, 4 yards) was lower.