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Larry Fitzgerald: I can still play at a high level

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Larry Fitzgerald posted uncharacteristically low numbers last season, producing the fewest catches since his rookie campaign in 2004.

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Turning 32 this summer, the Arizona Cardinals wideout says age had nothing to do with those results.

"I can still play the game at a high level, given the opportunity to go out there and thrive," Fitzgerald said Monday, per Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic.

After appearing in every tilt since 2008, Fitzgerald battled a pair of knee sprains last season and an offense that saw both Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton lost to injury under center. Fitzgerald cited the combination of quarterback woes and his own banged up body as "fluke stuff."

Fitzgerald also had his troubles out of the gate in an offense that asked him to line up all over the field, but coach Bruce Arians isn't worried about his progress going forward.

"Larry struggled early when we gave him two- or three-way options," Arians said in March. "He has progressed so much, I don't think there is any doubt they can go down on an option route and Carson will know where he is going and the ball is on time."

Fitzgerald isn't the same player he was five years ago, but he can still fry a defense making tough catches from the slot. Signed through 2016 on a two-year, $22 million deal, the eight-time Pro Bowler remains a core part of this potent passing attack.

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