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Larry Fitzgerald's long shot of catching Tony Gonzalez

Larry Fitzgerald needs six catches to become the all-time leader for a player with the most receptions with one franchise. That'll happen, either this weekend in Los Angeles or next week in Green Bay. I mean, it should, although Fitz only had two catches (both for touchdowns, but still) last weekend against the Raiders.

And it was that outcome that seemingly sealed the reality that Fitzgerald will not be catching Tony Gonzalez this season for the second-most receptions in NFL history. Coming into the season he needed 92 catches to surpass Gonzalez, and with three straight years of 100-plus receptions, it was hard to think he wouldn't get 92. But here we are.

Fitz still needs 50 catches in the Cardinals' final six games, an average of 8.33 per contest. Since Fitz has had eight in a game only once this year -- the eight he had against the 49ers a few weeks ago -- it's safe to say that's unrealistic at this point. On the year, Fitzgerald is averaging 4.2 catches a game.

Things can change. Back in 2011 -- and granted, Fitz was in his peak years -- the Cards were up and down and Fitz was barely going to reach 1,000 yards. Then he was targeted 46(!) times in the last four games, making 25 catches for 468 yards for some gaudy final stats (1,411 yards receiving, for instance.) The Cards even won three of four. Now that was a different time. The Cardinals could have QB John Skelton throw to Fitz seemingly every other dropback. They weren't trying to develop Skelton like they are Josh Rosen. Fitz is indeed a different player these days. The offense is struggling still.

But in a season where many of the storylines are going to be slanted with a 2019 perspective, it's one thing to look at in the moment. Besides, there is a 2019 factor here too -- which is what Fitz will do in 2019, whether he might retire, and if these six games are the last he'll have to try and reach that milestone.

WR Larry Fitzgerald
WR Larry Fitzgerald

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