with the Arizona Cardinals. This Deion Sanders Jersey White , though, is the first time he's endured an 0-4 start to the season.Still, despite a sore hamstring, Fitzgerald soldiers on."It's not difficult at all," he said after Thursday's practice. "I'm a creature of habit. This is what I've been doing since I was 6 years old at this time of year. I don't look at it like it's any different. I prepare the same way every single week. There are some good weeks and some bad weeks. That's the way it goes."While coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer retired after last season, Fitzgerald chose to come back.But he's been part of an offense that has been the worst in the NFL. With career statistics that rank among the best in the game, Fitzgerald has 15 catches for 141 yards through four games. That puts him on pace for 60 catches this season, which would be his fewest since his rookie season.By comparison, Fitzgerald matched his franchise record with 109 catches, second-most in the NFL, for 1,156 yards and six TDs a year ago. He has 325 receptions over the past three years, including an NFL-best 107 in 2016 and 109 in 2015.But this is a new offense under coordinator Mike McCoy, who says he wants to get the ball to Fitzgerald more as the Cardinals prepare for Sunday's game at San Francisco.Fitzgerald is the unquestioned leader of an otherwise very young group of receivers. He doesn't plan on changing anything."You've got to stay the course, lead by example," he said. "This doesn't feel nearly as bad as starting 4-0 and dropping eight in a row (which happened in 2012). And so there's always been worse scenarios. Obviously, we're frustrated. We know we have to play better."Fitzgerald has 2,169 career yards receiving against the 49ers, the most he has against any opponent. In NFL history, only Jerry Rice has more yards against a single opponent."We've got a great opportunity this weekend," Fitzgerald said. "This is a team that we're familiar with in terms of personnel and what they do schematically. So there's no better opportunity than the present one."Fitzgerald said that, despite the offense's problems, McCoy "has done a great job.""It doesn't matter what the call is honestly," Fitzgerald. "It's the players who are executing. We have to do a better job."Fitzgerald and the rest of the Cardinals' offense are encouraged by the emergence of rookie Josh Rosen at quarterback. Rosen had a strong debut in his first start in Sunday's 20-17 loss to Seattle, even though he had five passes dropped, two uncharacteristically by Fitzgerald.Rosen's ability to make plays downfield should open up the mid-range passing that is Fitzgerald's forte at this point in his career."I think it opens up for everybody," Fitzgerald said, "the running game, the intermediate passing game and obviously the chunk shots. We had some good chunk plays last week. Hopefully, we can continue to build on that."Asked if he wants to be a bigger part of the offense, with more targets, Fitzgerald just shrugs the question off."I'm never one to complain or ask for anything. If it comes my way, it comes my way," he said. "I'm not going to lose any sleep."Fitzgerald has been effusive in his praise of Rosen."Even before he was starting he took a leadership role. He's taken leadership a long time ago," Fitzgerald said. "This is his team. He'll be the guy here for the next 10-plus years, God willing. I love the way he's kind of taken the reins, is vocal, lets people know exactly what he wants. He wants the best out of everybody."Rosen has said he wants to talk Fitzgerald into playing beyond this season.When told about that, the 35-year-old receiver just smiled."Hopefully, I'll be one of his biggest cheerleaders," Fitzgerald said. The ACL All-Stars’ last stand..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 49ers Salary CapLevi’s Stadium Events49ers Transactions49ers Injury News49ers Press Conferences & Conference Calls49ers History49ers Video49ers draft rewind: 2016New,39commentsThe ACL All-Stars’ last stand...PDTShareTweetShareShare49ers draft rewind: 2016Every year around draft time we like to look at the ghosts of drafts past with the San Francisco 49ers and reflect on the players allocated from the draft. We luckily have video of each draft thanks to YouTube poster and 49ers fan Marvin49. We’ll be looking at every year up to 2018. Today it’s 2016.With 11 picks on their hands and the disaster that was Jim Tomsula washed off, the 49ers had a chance at rebuilding. No longer in a “re-load” mode as Trent Baalke so elegantly put it a year prior Mike Person Jersey , the 49ers needed to make some splashes and get back to having a competitive team. Spoiler: They didn’t. The first pick was predicted and also quite worked out quite well: DeForest Buckner out of Oregon. Buckner quickly made a name for himself in 2016 and was on an island in 2017. The only problem was Buckner was double and triple teamed due to being the only threat on the defensive line. Regardless, Buckner should be in line for a huge payday quite soon.The Buckner pick was too obvious and gift-wrapped to screw up, even for the 49ers front office. It’s after Buckner where Trent Baalke realized he was Trent Baalke.Going back into the first round with a trade, the 49ers took Joshua Garnett. a decent, but huge reach for a guard. The 49ers quickly became head-scratchers. Garnett remains with the team, but given the extensions to other guards and how the line solidified in 2018 without him, he may be on his way out.Things didn’t improve, pick three went to Will Redmond, a very good cornerback prospect except for an obvious problem: He had a knee injury, BUT Baalke said he would be ready by training camp. Redmond was placed on IR in early September that year.The latest member of the ACL All-Stars, Redmond was released a season later.The next pick was one of the most incriminating for the 49ers front office, cornerback Rashard Robinson. A decent prospect with just one problem: was kicked off the LSU Tigers for breaking and entering. Robinson had his shot as a starting cornerback the following year, but wound up getting traded to the New York Jets. The pick itself wouldn’t have been so frustrating if it wasn’t for the fact quarterback Dak Prescott was available for the taking and would go to the Dallas Cowboys two picks later. As time has gone on, Prescott hasn’t been the greatest either. The 49ers coaching staff liked Prescott, Trent Baalke didn’t seem to care.The rest? Defensive end Ronald Blair was a decent pick and has provided some solid depth. Blair could also take over starting for a game or two and hold the fort. Aaron Burbridge was released in 2018, ending his experiment. Quarterback Jeff Driskel was thought of as a nice prospect, but was waived and snapped up by the Cincinatti Bengals before he could hit the practice squad. Who was Driskel waived in favor of for the third-string quarterback? Christian Ponder. Buckner has been the only sure-starter the 49ers have uncovered so far in this league. As per usual, the DMCA biscuits have this thing on lockdown in some regions, so if you’d like to view the video, make sure to click the link to go to YouTube directly to see it. Or you can go here via this link to see the analysis of the draft.Pick BreakdownRound 1 - Pick 7 - DeForest Buckner, DT, OregonRound 1 - Pick 28 - Joshua Garnett, OG, StanfordRound 3 - Pick 68 - Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi StateRound 4 - Pick 133 - Rashard Robinson, CB, LSURound 5 - Pick 142 - Ronald Blair, DE, Appalachian StateRound 5 - Pick 145 - John Theus, OT, GeorgiaRound 5 - Pick 174 - Fahn Cooper, OT, MississippiRound 6 - Pick 207 - Jeff Driskel, QB, Louisiana TechRound 6 - Pick 211 - Kelvin Taylor, RB, FloridaRound 6 - Pick 213 - Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan StateRound 7 - Pick 249 - Prince Charles Iworah, CB, Western Kentucky

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