The Jaguars' defense has a lot of respect for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
The All-Pro playmaker has caught 1,194 passes for 15,157 receiving yards and 108 touchdowns during his 14-year NFL career. The 34-year-old is a surefire future Hall of Fame inductee at this point.
Despite his age, Fitzgerald remains the Cardinals' top weapon on offense. He leads the team with 768 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 69 catches.
He has a knack for getting open.
"They find a way to get him the ball no matter where he lines up at," Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash said Wednesday. "He'll line up all over the field. He does a nice job of running routes. He can still run extremely well."
Fitzgerald will draw the attention of the entire Jaguars secondary this week. The defense will need to be prepared for the wide receiver to line up on the outside and in the slot.
Wash knows that won't be an easy task
"He's a very savvy vet to get open," Wash said. "He understands how to get open, so he's going to be a handful. Obviously, they target him a lot and it's going to be a point of emphasis for us."
Parnell, Omameh among four sidelined
The Jaguars were without four players on the main practice field Wednesday.
Linebacker Donald Payne (hamstring), offensive guard Patrick Omameh (quad), right tackle Jermey Parnell (knee) and wide receiver Allen Hurns (ankle) were sidelined.
Payne, Parnell and Omameh worked on a separate field for the second-straight day. Hurns was held off the field for the second consecutive practice.
Linebacker Blair Brown (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday after missing Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns.
Quarterback Blake Bortles was the sole full participant on the injury report. Brown, free safety Tashaun Gipson (knee), running back Leonard Fournette (ankle), wide receiver Marqise Lee (knee) and kicker Josh Lambo (right hip) were limited.
More News and Notes
- Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians on Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell:
"He was great. Not just as a football player but he was great for our community. He's a great human being, [has a] great family and we miss him."
- Wash on Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson:
"He still runs extremely angry. In Seattle, there was one run we faced - four or five years ago - I think he's running somewhere in Mexico, we still haven't caught him. But he runs angry, plays behind his pads, he's still got a tremendous jump cut so you've got to set the edges for him. He hasn't missed a step, he's going to continue to get downhill, they've got a great scheme for him and he's a guy we must stop for us to be successful."
- Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis declined to say who his emergency kicker was in case Lambo had to be sidelined during a game. He said there was a contingency plan though.
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