On Wednesday, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians called Patrick Peterson the best cornerback in the NFL and Calvin Johnson the best wide receiver in the league.
Arians told Kent Somers of AZCentral.com “probably, in my opinion, the best corner in the league is going against the best receiver in the league.”
Many pundits thought this may upset Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerlad, who has been one of the league’s elite pass-catchers since the Cardinals selected him with the third overall pick in the 2004 draft.
Instead, Fitzgerald agreed with his coach Thursday.
“Calvin’s the best,” Fitzgerald told Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com. “I mean look at his numbers. It is what it is.”
Last season, Fitzgerald, 30, had 71 catches for 798 yards and four touchdowns while Johnson had 122 receptions for 1,964 yards and five touchdowns. Of course, Johnson played with Matt Stafford while Fitzgerald went through terrible quarterback after terrible quarterback last season. With Carson Palmer now quarterbacking the Cardinals, Fitzgerald had eight catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-24 loss to the St. Louis Rams Sunday.
In 10 years, Fitzgerald has 772 receptions for 10,493 yards and 79 touchdowns. The 27-year old Johnson has 492 catches for 7,873 yards and 54 touchdowns. This is his seventh season.
The Cardinals and Lions will kickoff from the University of Phoenix Stadium. The game is scheduled for 4:05 pm EST.