NFC West Notes: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals, Seahawks

     

Larry Fitzgerald

Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury mentioned that he’s hoping Larry Fitzgerald plays “a few more years.”

“I’m hoping he enjoys the process and enjoys what the offense turns into and how we’re playing and it gives him a reason to stick around a few more years,” Kingsbury said, via ArizonaSports.com. “He practices and plays like he’s trying to make the team.

Cardinals

Cardinals RB David Johnson says he expects to the team run most of their offense out of shotgun this year, which should fit his skill set. 

It’s going to be similar to 2016,” Johnson said, via ESPN.com. “Shotgun’s our home, which is good, because I did that in college and we had a running quarterback. So, I think it’ll be good for me.

“I’ll be utilized as a running back and a receiver.”

Seahawks

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said WR Tyler Lockett is “naturally in that position” to assume the team’s No. 1 receiver role. 

He senses it, I’m sure, just by the way he’s expressing himself,” said Carroll, via John Boyle of the team’s official site. “His background, experience, success that he’s had, he’s naturally in that position right now. I’ve seen a number of instances already where it’s obvious that he gets it. You kind of grow into it, and he’s doing that.

Lockett understands that he’s now a leader of the Seahawk’s receivers and said he was able to learn leadership qualities from Doug Baldwin.

The biggest thing that I learned when it comes to Doug is you have to be yourself,” Lockett said. “I have to be able to understand who I am as a leader and what I bring to the team as a leader. The things that he brought, I was able to learn from that and I was able to see that. But he also taught me how to be myself, because if I can’t be myself, everybody else won’t be able to accept the message that I’m trying to allow them to be able to receive. So I have to be able to speak from a willing heart.”

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