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Larry Fitzgerald has chance to move up NFL career receiving yardage rankings in 2017

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Over the weekend, I mentioned Larry Fitzgerald's NFL future beyond 2017 is up in the air. But assuming he has a relatively productive season next year, he will make a significant jump up in the career yardage rankings.

Currently, Fitz is ninth in all-time receiving yards in the league (with 14,389) and no active player is even within 2,000 yards of him. But he is only about 800 yards away from Randy Moss, who is currently third. Another 1,000-yard season would push him past Moss and behind only Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens.

While Rice's 22,895 yards are likely out of reach, Fitzgerald is only about 1,500 yards away from Owens - a manageable number if he committed to playing two more years.

With any luck, the former Pitt receiver will be third on the all-time list after this year and will hopefully play another season with a more than realistic chance at passing Owens for second.

In terms of career receptions, Fitzgerald is already third on that list behind only Rice and tight end Tony Gonzalez. Fitz sits exactly 200 catches back from Gonzalez for 2nd place so moving up there won't happen next season or maybe even in the next two years. But that number is also within reach - especially if Fitzgerald plays three more years.

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