NFC West 2018 receivers ranking: Few are better than Fitzgerald
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Larry Fitzgerald has made a pretty name for himself. Both on the field and off it. Along with being one of the best wide receivers in the league, he has earned the league’s award for humanitarianism.

The 6-foot-3-inch, 218-pound former University of Pittsburgh star has played his entire 14-year NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals. In that time, he has been named to the Pro Bowl 11 times, first-team All-Pro once, 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Award and led the league in receptions and touchdown catches twice each.

On the field, Fitzgerald amassed 1,234 catches for 15,545 yards and 110 touchdowns. He also has the surest hands in the league.

Off it, he has worked with youth in both the Phoenix area and his hometown Twin Cities. He also has worked with an international charity and hosted several fundraising events.

He ranks first in receptions, first in receiving yards, second in receiving touchdowns, third in total touchdowns, second in yards from scrimmage, third in all-purpose yards and fifth in yards per touch among active players.

Here are the next best nine receivers on NFC West rosters. Note: all stats and rankings come from Pro Football Reference and any contract information comes from Spotrac.

#2 – Brandin Cooks

Cooks has proven to be one of the better deep threats in the league. His best asset is his speed. The 5-foot-10-inch, 183-pound former Oregon State University star has the ability to make tough catches. The Los Angeles Rams acquired him from New England to give them an explosive receiver. They haven’t had that in a while. This was the second consecutive offseason he was traded. The Patriots acquired him from New Orleans just 13 months prior to sending him to Los Angeles. The talent is there, but you have to wonder why two teams would be so quick to trade him. He ranks 20th in yards per reception among active players.

#3 – Doug Baldwin

Baldwin is flying way under the radar. He is one of the most underrated star receivers in the league. The Seattle Seahawks found Baldwin as an undrafted free agent in 2011. The 5-foot-10-inch, 192-pound former Stanford University star got off to a very start with 788 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. He took a step backward in 2012, but has taken off since at least 66 catches and 778 yards every year since. He led the league in touchdown catches in 2015 and posted career-highs in catches (94) and receiving yards (1,128) in 2016. Last season, the numbers took a slight step back, but he was named to his second straight Pro Bowl. He ranks 26th in receptions, 23rd in receiving yards, 19th in receiving touchdowns and 28th in yards per reception among active players.

#4 – Pierre Garcon

Garcon entered the NFL as a little known sixth-round draft pick out of the Colts in 2008. The 6-foot, 211-pound former the University of Mount Union star gradually improved his statistics each of his four seasons in Indianapolis and was one of the more sought-after free agent wide receivers in 2012. He chose to sign with Washington and continued to be a No. 1 receiver. He led the league with 113 receptions in 2013 and had a career-high 1,346 yards that same year. His production took a big step backward the following season, but started improving through the remaining three years on his contract. As a free agent he moved on to the San Francisco 49ers in 2017. He had the lowest production of his career since his rookie season last year due in large part to a neck injury that put him on injured reserve after eight games and inconsistent quarterback play. He ranks eighth in receptions, 12th in receiving yards, 25th in receiving touchdowns, 23rd in yards from scrimmage and 27th in all-purpose yards among active players.

#5 – Cooper Kupp

Kupp emerged as a No. 1 receiver for the Rams last season. He has good size and speed. Based on his skill set, the 6-feet-2-inch, 205-pound former University of Eastern Washington star should have been taken earlier than the third round. However, players that have unbelievable numbers in the FCS-level and lower don’t always produce as professionals. Kupp did produce with 62 catches for 869 yards, both of which were first or second on the Rams, and five touchdowns. He was named to the 2017 NFL All-Rookie Team.

#6 – Robert Woods

Woods was a pleasant surprise for the Rams last season. He joined the Rams as a free agent after four mediocre seasons in Buffalo to begin his NFL career. The 6-foot, 193-pound former University of Southern California star had career-highs of 65 catches, 699 yards and five touchdowns (all in 2014) for the Bills. Then, in four fewer games, was within nine catches of matching that number and matched or exceeded the other two numbers last season. He finished with 56 catches for 781 yards and five touchdowns for the Rams.

#7 – Tyler Lockett

Lockett is one of the fastest receivers in the league. He has the ability to just run past the defensive backs. However, he doesn’t always create the separation to be a consistent big-play threat. The 5-foot-10-inch, 182-pound former Kansas State University starburst on the scene with 664 yards and six touchdowns as well as 9.5 yards per punt return, 25.8 yards per kick return and two return touchdowns. His versatility made him a big weapon for the Seahawks as a rookie in 2015. But, his production has decreased in each year since.

#8 – Marquise Goodwin

Goodwin was drafted by the Bills in the third round of the 2013 draft to be an outside downfield burner. He struggled to transition his straight-line speed into playing football in the NFL. The 5-foot-9-inch, 180-pound former University of Texas star competed in numerous international track and field competitions as well as football games. In four seasons in Buffalo, he did not live up to the hype. He signed with the 49ers last offseason and had a breakout year. He more than doubled his career total for receiving yards and nearly doubled his career total for catches with the 49ers. He had just two receiving touchdowns, but set a career-high for yards per reception in seasons in which he caught more than one pass.

#9 – Ed Dickson

Dickson is a big and athletic tight end. He had the second-best statistical season of his career in 2017 in Carolina. He was one of the Panthers’ best receivers while starting tight end Greg Olsen was injured. He turned that very good season into a multi-year deal from the Seahawks. The 6-foot-4-inch, 250-pound former University of Oregon star is a complete tight end that can combine his receiving skills with solid blocking ability. However, nothing really stands out as elite.

#10 – Jermaine Gresham

Gresham may be the most impressive combination of size and athleticism of any tight end in the NFL. The 6-foot-5-inch, 260-pound former University of Oklahoma star has struggled to maintain consistency during his eight-year NFL career. Since signing with the Cardinals in 2015, he has the three worst statistical seasons of his career. After recording at least 46 catches, 458 yards and four touchdowns in each of his first five seasons in the NFL with Cincinnati, he recorded less than 40 catches, 400 yards and three touchdowns in each season with the Cardinals.