Height: 6-3 Weight: 218
Season: 11th College: Pittsburgh
Strengths: For 11 seasons, Fitzgerald has been rated as one of the league’s best. He has huge hands (10 1/2 inches) and long arms (34 inches each). He has rare hand-eye coordination, incredible concentration and tremendous ball skills. He makes the hard catch look easy. Fitzgerald uses his big body to his advantage, shielding receivers from the ball and going up and getting the ball in the red zone. He has great body control. His size makes him hard to tackle. Fitzgerald is a precise route runner, and he works hard at his craft. He is humble and likeable.
Weaknesses: He has never had game-breaking speed. Fitzgerald ran a 4.55 before the 2004 draft, and it likely cost him draft position. He has slowed down since. Fitzgerald has only seven catches over 20 yards this season. He occasionally drops a pass, but in 49 targets this season, he has no drops, according to STATS, Inc. His biggest weakness has been at quarterback. He has played with Kurt Warner and Carson Palmer but also with Drew Stanton, John Skelton, Kevin Kolb, Ryan Lindley, Brian Hoyer, Derek Anderson, Max Hall, Matt Leinart, Josh McCown, Shaun King and John Navarre.
Last week: He had seven catches for 160 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals’ 24-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. It was Fitzgerald’s most productive day since 2007 and his first 100-yard game of the season.
Who has to stop him? The Cowboys rank 15th in pass defense. They have allowed only two 100-yard receivers this season as Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker had 142 yards against them in Week 2 and DeSean Jackson busted out for 136 yards on six catches for Washington on Monday night.
Notable: Fitzgerald has 30 catches for 443 yards and two touchdowns this season. … He has 876 catches for 11,810 yards and 69 touchdowns for his career. … Fitzgerald has six 1,000-yard seasons for his career but has not had one since 2011. … He has had five double-digit touchdown seasons, including last season when he had 10 scores.