Larry Fitzgerald, that record-breaker that he is, will be the Cardinals' top wide receiver target this season. That was never a question. What was a question -- and what remains vague as the Cards work through the final two weeks of on-field practice this offseason -- is who the No. 2 receiver will be.
I mean, it might not even be a receiver. Two years ago, Fitz was the top target and it was running back David Johnson who was the second target for Carson Palmer as John Brown and Michael Floyd struggled. So Johnson could be in the mix in terms of receptions. But that doesn't take away the need for a wideout to take pressure/attention away from Fitz if possible. Is that Chad Williams (pictured below?) in his second year? Could it be second-round pick Christian Kirk, who coach Steve Wilks said today has done a nice job showing he's more than just a slot receiver? Maybe a player who has been in the league a little, like a Brice Butler or Cobi Hamilton, or even speedy J.J. Nelson, who is still around.
"It's hard to say right now who will be that number two," Wilks said. "We're still working, and those guys understand and know -- we talk about it all the time -- the best 11 are going to play. We create competition."
There is always a chance the Cards could sign a veteran who can get into the mix, and you could probably make that work if it was early enough at training camp. But for now, this is the group offensive coordinator Mike McCoy works with. The Cardinals have been satisfied with where their receiving corps has been the last couple of offseasons, only to have the production disappoint. There is more uncertainty now -- although if the production occurs, no one will care.