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Fitzgerald: Cardinals confidence soaring with Palmer

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Coming off his most disappoint season in the NFL, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has positive attitude towards the team's numerous changes.

After all, if things weren't working, change may be a good thing. And for a receiver, perhaps the most important change is the one at quarterback, where the Cardinals traded to get Carson Palmer from the Oakland Raiders.

And Fitzgerald likes what he sees in Palmer.

Fitzgerald is clearly tired of answering questions about the team's problems on offense the past three years. He's weary of making promises and expressing excitement about any changes, because he knows such comments mean nothing until the Cardinals prove their offensive problems have been addressed.

"I'm just older and have been through a lot of ups and downs over these last three years," Fitzgerald said via text. "So I'm just focusing in on what I can control and that's my attitude, preparation and commitment."

So Fitzgerald is embracing the changes, from the hiring of coach Bruce Arians, the promotion of Steve Keim to general manager and the trade that brought Palmer aboard.

He already likes Palmer's take-charge attitude that reflects veteran experience.

"It does instill confidence knowing the leader of your offense is into it and wants to see everyone play at a high level," Fitzgerald said of Palmer.

Palmer, who is equally excited to work with Fitzgerald, said the star wide receiver is "exactly what I expected."

"He's working as hard in practice as he was in games," Palmer said. "He's a perfectionist. He wants to do things right every single times. He and I will get along great because I am the same way."

"It's been a great offseason so far," he said. "Learning the new system has been fun and a nice change-up. So I'm excited and looking forward to the season."

There has been speculation that Fitzgerald might ask to be traded if the Cardinals continue to struggle. He would never admit that publicly if it were true, and the Cardinals have steadfastly said that Fitzgerald is not going anywhere.

But the star receiver's frustration is evident. And a fourth consecutive season out of the playoffs might be enough to make him push for an exit play.

That's a long way off, however. For now, Fitzgerald is saying, or texting, all the right things.
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