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Even Fitz Has Things To Work On

Posted Aug 19, 2013

Notebook: Arians talks with Feely about miss; Lindley making good decisions

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald comes off the line during Saturday's game against Dallas.

Even Larry Fitzgerald isn’t perfect all the time.

The All-Everything wide receiver was critical of his performance after Saturday’s win over the Cowboys, specifically a red zone play late in the first quarter. Carson Palmer was supposed to look for Fitzgerald on third-and-4 from the Cowboys 9, but Fitzgerald was slow getting off the line and Palmer hit Michael Floyd instead.

It was Fitzgerald’s second game in Bruce Arians’ new offense, in which Arians has been placing his star receiver all over the field, similar to what Arians did with Reggie Wayne last season in Indianapolis.

“He’s doing great,” Arians said of Fitzgerald. “He just needs to speed up what he did. He did the right thing, he just didn’t do it fast enough and Carson didn’t see him so he just threw it to Michael.”

Palmer hit Floyd up the middle, but Arians said Palmer’s call to get the play outside wasn’t loud enough. Fitzgerald took the play personally.

“I have to be accountable and make sure I’m doing what I need to do so Carson can trust me and I can make the plays for him,” Fitzgerald said.

With two games left in the preseason and Fitzgerald becoming more comfortable in his new positions with every practice, Arians said the mistakes are easily correctible.

“It’s time to correct them,” he added.

MISSES MAR FEELY’S PRESEASON

The pause seemed to last forever, after Arians was asked about the preseason performance of kicker Jay Feely.

Finally, Arians said, “Solid, until he missed that short one.”

He was referring to the 30-yarder Feely cut wide right with just under four minutes left in the second quarter against the Cowboys. Even though Feely made 4-for-5 field goals Saturday, it was the one he missed that stuck with Arians.

“We spoke to each other about that,” the coach said. “Not acceptable.”

Feely was 1-for-2 at Green Bay, coming up short on a 53-yard field goal try.

LINDLEY IMPRESSES

When Arians said two weeks ago that he might keep just two quarterbacks this season, the obvious math left Ryan Lindley on the outside looking in.

But Lindley’s performance in the Cardinals’ two preseason games has impressed Arians.

“He has done extremely well in both outings,” Arians said. “His decision making in games has been very good.”

Lindley, in his second season, was 4-for-6 for 52 yards and a quarterback rating of 93.8. against Green Bay, he threw for 78 yards on 3-of-5 passing.

Although his reps have been limited in games, Lindley will get a chance to play a large chunk of the preseason finale in Denver.

“He will have a really good chance next week,” Arians said.


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