SEATTLE — Larry Fitzgerald would only commit to one event taking place after the final game of his 15th NFL season and at least for now it had nothing to do with a retirement ceremony."I feel like we've done this dance before. Same song Womens Josh Rosen Jersey , same dance," Fitzgerald said. "I'm going to go play golf tomorrow, I know that. I'm looking forward to it."Fitzgerald's future will remain one of the big questions going into the Arizona Cardinals offseason after finishing off 2018 with a 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The loss ensured the Cardinals will have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, but also did little to settle any uncertainty about the future of head coach Steve Wilks after a disappointing first season in Arizona.Whether Fitzgerald is around to play with that No. 1 selection is going to be a wait and see matter."I told him he was coming back. I told him I'll see him next year in the spring and to get ready for OTAs," Cardinals running back David Johnson said.In the finale of his 15th season, Fitzgerald still looked the part of an NFL wide receiver and exceptional pass catcher with four catches for 36 yards. He caught the 116th touchdown pass of his career and became the third player with at least 1,300 career receptions. He matched the franchise record for career games played with his 234th game in a Cardinals uniform and became the second wide receiver in league history with 2,000 yards receiving against three different teams joining Jerry Rice.His first reception came on the final play of the first quarter and extended his streak to 227 straight games with a catch. His best catch was in the second quarter as he initially faked a block, slipped behind cornerback Akeem King and made a one-handed reception for his sixth touchdown of the season.His 116 career TDs are tied for sixth with Chargers tight end Antonio Gates."I was smiling at him when he came off the sidelines. He caught it with his fingertips. It's unbelievable Authentic Budda Baker Jersey ," Wilks said. "What he does never seems to surprise me. It's just unbelievable."Fitzgerald finished the season with 69 receptions for 734 yards, his fewest catches since 2014 when he missed two games and finished with only 63 receptions. The yards were a career-low while adjusting to an offense led by rookie Josh Rosen. Rosen would love to see Fitzgerald return and joked the "recruiting does not stop in college."For his part, Fitzgerald and many of his teammates seemed more interested in supporting Wilks after a difficult first season that included several key injuries and the firing of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy after a 1-6 start."His messages have been consistent. When you're consistent personality-wise and coaching-wise, it makes it easy for guys to follow. The message never changed when we won, never changed when we lost," Fitzgerald said. "That's consistency. It's hard to see that. You don't see that much in this league. From people talking outside the building to players inside the building. You don't see that kind of consistency, so that's rare."Wilks said he hasn't been provided any clarity about his job status."You have to win in this league. We kind of felt that we needed to put out a good show out there today," Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson said. "Not only for his sake, but for us."Opening Mike McCoy’s playbook for David Johnson Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is one of the new faces that will shape the Arizona Cardinals’ identity this season. While formulating his strategy he will have to cater to the team’s strengths and to its biggest weapon Authentic Chase Edmonds Jersey , running back David Johnson.In Johnson’s stellar 2016 season he accumulated 2118 total yards with 20 touchdowns. Part of his success came through the air with 120 targets, 80 receptions and 879 yards. Revisiting Johnson’s 2016 season, there were certain routes that allowed him to excel as a receiver. Comparing these routes with those McCoy called for his running backs in Denver, we’ll see what could be in store for Johnson this season.FlatThe flat route from a running back helps the quarterback release the ball quickly if he is facing heavy pressure or doesn’t like his options downfield. The Cardinals would typically pair this check down option with a play action and allow their running back to weave through the offensive line before going for the sideline. Here, Johnson stutter steps and slows down posing as a extra blocker before continuing on his route. Thinking that Johnson isn’t a receiver on the play, his defender moves upfield allowing Johnson to gain 25 yards.TexasAnother concept that worked for Johnson and allowed him to get separation from a linebacker in man coverage was the texas route.Johnson is able to sell the flat route before breaking into the middle of the field for an easy gain. His quick feet allow him to get an extra step on his defender. GoThis route wasn’t as common as the others for Johnson but it allowed him to become a deeper threat and showed off his versatility as a receiver.On this play, a nice throw from Palmer and some athletic ability from Johnson helps him convert on this third-and-12. Mike McCoy’s Denver BroncosLooking at McCoy’s last year with the Denver Broncos could suggest how the offensive coordinator will attempt to integrate Johnson into the passing game.From the trio of Denver Broncos running backs, Devonta Booker was the primary receiving back brought in on third downs. Booker had 275 yards through the air with 30 receptions. McCoy didn’t cater plays towards Booker, instead he was used primarily as a check down option. Of Booker’s 38 total targets in 2017 http://www.arizonaca...l-dawson-jersey , 19 came in the 4th quarter (50%) when the Broncos were trailing and opposing defenses were allowing throws underneath. Most of Booker’s targets looked like this:SlantOne similarity between McCoy’s play calling for Booker, and what we could see repeated this season for Johnson is slant routes from the slot.Aside from the check down option, Booker running a slant was his second most common route. This pairs well with Johnson. Of the 54 slants running backs ran in 2016, Johnson was responsible for 16% of them. PreseasonAfter two preseason games, McCoy hasn’t tipped his hand yet on how he’ll integrate Johnson in the passing game. Through the two games, there have been three designed screens called for the running back, higher than usual for McCoy. Johnson’s sole catch this preseason is a screen he managed to turn into a five yard gain, even after being swarmed behind the line of scrimmage.Near the end of the second half, running back DJ Foster ran a curl in the middle of the field on consecutive plays. This was utilized more as a check down option for Josh Rosen. Foster was able to convert on this third-and-7 but this isn’t a route we saw Johnson run a lot of in 2016. The middle of the field curl gives defenders the upper hand and minimizes the potential running backs can gain after having to turn around and survey the field. Johnson posted the largest threat on routes that allowed him to accrue yards after the catch. The flat http://www.arizonaca...y-peters-jersey , texas, go and slant routes give him a step in the open field, placing the ball in front of him so he can move upfield. With two preseason games left, McCoy will still likely be tweaking and figuring out how to attack opposing defenses this season. Once Johnson gets full reps we’ll have to see how McCoy opens up the playbook and fully utilizes his best offensive weapon.
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