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Hall of Fame WR Larry Fitzgerald chimes in on the emergence of a young Cardinals star

Oct 1, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Wilson (14) celebrates with teammates after a touchdown during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

It doesn’t require much of an argument to assert that Larry Fitzgerald is undeniably one of the greatest wide receivers of all time, if not a top-three contender.

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The 11-time Pro Bowler consistently delivered during his illustrious 17-year career with the Arizona Cardinals. His impressive tenure included an astounding ten seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards, ultimately securing his place as second only to Jerry Rice in all-time receiving yards and receptions.

Now, just three years after Fitzgerald’s retirement, fans and analysts alike are beginning to draw parallels between the Hall of Fame receiver and a promising rookie for the Arizona Cardinals.

Even Larry Fitzgerald himself has jumped in on the discussion.

After a spectacular offensive display against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Fitzgerald couldn’t help but offer his effusive praise for the Cardinals’ third-round draft pick, Michael Wilson.

According to Darren Urban, Fitzgerald remarked, “He’s shown toughness catching balls and has precision route running as a young player, which is impressive. You can tell Dobbs trusts him.”

Last weekend, Wilson brought in 76 yards and scored two touchdowns. It marked a 3rd consecutive week where the rookie brought in at least 50 yards receiving.

What’s even more astounding is that he achieved this without the presence of his starting quarterback, Kyler Murray.

Fitzgerald also commended how swiftly Michael Wilson has adapted to the Cardinals’ playbooks. He stated, “I saw that in training camp, and he’s a sponge from what I heard. When you are all-Academic four years in a row at Stanford you know picking up a playbook would be simple.”

While Michael Wilson only has four games under his belt, it is hard for Cardinals fans not to be excited about what they see so far.

Notably, he is just two yards shy of becoming the Cardinals’ leading receiver, an accomplishment achieved with 16 fewer targets than Marquise Brown, who currently holds the top spot.

Considering Wilson’s humble beginnings as a third-round pick, it’s evident that the Cardinals may have found an absolute gem in their rookie wide receiver.

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