Aug 24, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) against the Cincinnati Bengals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Through the first two weeks of the NFL preseason, here at Heat Waved, we have named two different receivers as being the Birdgang MVP of the week for the Arizona Cardinals. John Brown and Jaron Brown.
It would only be fitting if we chose, yet, another receiver after the Cardinals third preseason game from last night, right?
Exactly. John and Jaron Brown are both young and extremely talented with a lot of potential. They may eventually become a very nice tandem but that will only happen when their top receiver moves on. So who is that? Of course, Larry Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald proved why he still deserves to be ‘the man’ in the desert last night, as he would put up 3 receptions for 71 receiving yards. Yes, it was only 3 receptions, but 2 of those 3 catches were phenomenal.
Fitzgerald’s 2nd catch involved him catching a bubble screen pass and then having to turn on the jets to outpace the entire secondary. He would not go for a touchdown but he would have a 43-yard reception, in which, Fitzgerald would have to earn every yard of.
The 3rd catch by Fitzgerald did not involve any YAC (yards after catch) like his 2nd catch but it would still be equally great. Fitzgerald would have to lunge his whole body forward to make the catch which would showcase the, still, elite athleticism of the great Larry Fitzgerald.
I still have to give some love to a close second in this week’s Birdgang MVP, quarterback Drew Stanton. I give Stanton props for playing extremely well against a tough Cincinnati Bengals’ defense. Both, Carson Palmer and Logan Thomas, would not play too well while Stanton would create his own success.
Stanton would go 10 for 13 passing with 108 passing yards and a passing touchdown. Stanton’s quarterback rating would be 126.4. Stanton was clearly the best Cardinals QB on the field last night.
We only have one more preseason game until we finally get into the stuff that really matters. Next week expects to have most of the starters sitting out or only playing minimal time as they rest up for the regular season.
The wide receiver play during the preseason has been the strong point for the Arizona Cardinals’ team and, during the regular season, it will be up to the quarterback to give these talented receivers a chance to showcase their abilities. Hopefully, this will become a common theme throughout the 2014 campaign.
The Cardinals last preseason game will take place August 28th against the San Diego Chargers at 7:00 p.m.
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