WR Michael Floyd - Arizona Cardinals
|6-3, 220||Born: 11-27-1989||College: Notre Dame||Drafted: Round 1, pick 13|
Week 14: at Miami Dolphins
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (illness) will have his snaps limited to about 20 per game until the Cardinals can maintain Brown's sickle cell trait. Last week Brown saw one target (zero receptions) on 21 snaps played - he is not seeing much action in his limited role. Michael Floyd is the clear-cut #2 across from Larry Fitzgerald due to Brown's sickle-cell/hamstring woes, but he hasn't done much in his chances of late (eight targets for 3/18/1 receiving last week vs. Washington). Over the last three weeks, this passing game has revolved around Larry Fitzgerald (23 targets for 20/194/0 receiving), David Johnson (33 for 24/251/3) and Jermaine Gresham (18 for 12/120/2), rather than Floyd (18 for 7/70/1). Carson Palmer has slung 75/129 for 787 yards, seven TDs and four interceptions during that three week time frame, including last week's strong 30/46 for 300 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions-thrown performance. Johnson (12 targets for 9/91/1 receiving), Fitzgerald (11 for 10/78/0) and Gresham (six for 5/52/0) were the top three receivers last week, while J.J. Nelson hauled in a score (two for 1/42/1). Miami is currently 11th in the NFL averaging 242.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores given out vs. 11 interceptions and 25 sacks generated (tied for eighth- and 19th-ranked, respectively). Last week, Joe Flacco and company abolutely mauled this secondary, though, with 37/50 for 386 net yards passing, four TDs and one interception thrown, with zero sacks taken; two weeks ago the Dolphins' pass defense was hit for 29/46 yielding 282 net yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown, with two sacks of Colin Kaepernick for -14 yards. This unit has fallen away from their season pace in the last couple of weeks - from Week 10 to Week 13 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Miami has averaged 25.8 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (fourth-most in the NFL); and 20.5 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (14th-least); with 15.9 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (most in the league). This looks like a neutral matchup for Palmer and company as the Dolphins' defense is backing into December in this phase of the game.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 13 vs WAS (8 / 3 / 18 / 1 rec)
With only 18 yards and three receptions, it is hard to say Floyd had a huge impact on the game Sunday, but credit where due Floyd made his receptions count. Floyd's touchdown reception late in the 3rd quarter gave his team an only temporary lead, but it capped off a drive that resulted from the Cardinals recovering a strip-sack fumble, providing a significant swing in the game's score and momentum. Seeing the way the team embraced Floyd after the touchdown it is clear to see the affection his teammates have for him and empathy for his struggles this season. It would be foolhardy to assume this will be some turning point for Floyd, but if Arizona is going to make any final push towards the playoffs, simply put Floyd will have to be an important factor. Sunday marked a nice start for that.
2016 Week 12 vs ATL (5 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
Floyd was a game-time decision due to a hamstring injury suffered in practice this week, but suited up Sunday for what amounted to more of the same from Floyd. While the injury likely limited some of Floyd's route-running, he again had two big drops that cannot be justified or excused. In his post-game presser, Arians seemed lost in addressing Floyd's season long struggles.
2016 Week 11 vs MIN (5 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Another Minnesota native like Fitzgerald, Floyd started the game in similar fashion, looking impressive drawing penalties, and making difficult catches. The success, unfortunately, did not last long. Floyd was sick with the flu according to Arians and frequently had to leave the game for breathers. While that can give some perspective to part of Floyd's struggles, his biggest failure was simply an issue of effort. On one of the few deep balls of the game, Floyd simply abandoned his route near the end of it, apparently thinking he was not the target on the play, resulting in an easy interception. On the play Palmer threw into double-coverage, an error in its own right, but the lack of effort proved costly. These issues have been apart of Floyd's struggle all season, and frankly speaking, it is simply astonishing they have not changed.
2016 Week 10 vs SF (6 / 5 / 101 / 0 rec)
After a lot of bluster over the bye week from Coach Arians, Floyd backed up his coach's words with what was his best game of the season. Despite not finding a way into the end zone, Floyd caught 5 of his 6 targets, many requiring impressive acrobatics, and much like Palmer himself, proved best during the team's 2-minute drive before the half and later on the game winning drive. So many of Floyd's shortcomings this season have been in at critical moments, so it was encouraging to see him step up when it was most important. Time will tell whether this was a single-game breakout or the start of a second-half run, but either way it was nice to see the good Michael Floyd again.
2016 Week 8 vs CAR (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Floyd was only on the field for 29 of the team's offensive snaps, limited by a hamstring injury that kept him out of practice for most of the week. With zero targets and receptions Sunday, Floyd's contributed as much on the field as he did on the sidelines. The bye week undoubtedly comes at a good time for him, providing an opportunity to get both his hamstring and head right, but even still expectations for Floyd's second half are nonexistent. Floyd was forthright early in the season about the affect his looming contract was having on him, but in the second half his biggest concern may be less about his contract and more about his spot on the depth chart. The slow emergence of J.J. Nelson has at the very least called Floyd's spot on the depth chart into question.
2016 Week 7 vs SEA (7 / 5 / 65 / 0 rec)
Without John Brown for Sunday Night's matchup, Floyd resumed his role of the first few weeks of the season as the team's second wide receiver. The results were up and down, with a crucial drop once again highlighting his failures. In addition to the overtime drop, a 3rd-down play which would have given Arizona a fresh set of downs at the Seattle 15, Floyd was called for three offensive penalties, once for holding and twice for pass interference. But in between those failures Floyd has as his best game of the season, catching 5 of his 7 targets with many as crucial conversions. It just does not look like it is going to all come together this season for Floyd, a shame for a player in his contract year, but maybe next year once that is settled for him, so too will he. Floyd lacks the consistency to be an elite wide receiver, but throughout his career has had a lot of boom to go with the bust. This season, and again on Sunday Night, it was the 'bust' that will be the takeaway.
2016 Week 6 vs NYJ (2 / 2 / 22 / 1 rec)
Floyd finished the game with the third most snaps at WR, behind Fitzgerald and John Brown, but only barely ahead of Jaron Brown who left the game with a knee injury. What all that means about Floyd's involvement in the offense is difficult to say, but for the first time this entire season, Floyd was able to capitalize on his opportunities. Coach Arians mentioned in his postgame interview that the staff had put in specific red zone plays for Floyd this week and told him they were doing so hoping he'd be able to rise to the opportunity. Floyd only ended up getting one red zone target, and despite the defender draped all over him, managed to haul in the pass for a 13-yard score on a post to the back-right corner of the end zone. It was the type of play we have come to expect from Floyd but have so rarely seen this season; utilizing his big body to shield off defenders and his strong hands to attack and secure the football. Whether this will be the play that jump-starts Floyd's season remains to be seen, but it was at least something for him to build on.
2016 Week 5 vs SF (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Floyd is at somewhat of a crossroads at this point in the season, and it is difficult to know where he will ultimately go from here. Floyd was targeted a measly three times on Thursday, dropping two of the passes and again losing snaps to John Brown, Jaron Brown, and now even J.J Nelson. Some of that may have simply been the game plan, and part of that too may have been a result of Stanton starting, but it is impossible to look at the situation as a whole and not see everything trending downward for Floyd. Arians has been very vocally supportive of Floyd despite diminishing his playing time, so where he stands with his head coach is a bit of a mystery too. This was supposed to be a season of answers from Floyd, but instead through five weeks it has just been one of more questions.
2016 Week 4 vs LA (7 / 3 / 36 / 1 rec)
Floyd was able to close out the first half well, catching a difficult red zone pass before capping off that drive with a touchdown, but had a disastrous game outside those two catches. After dropping his first target of the day on what would have been an important early 3rd down conversion, Coach Arians benched Floyd for much of the first half. John Brown became the primary second receiver and Jaron Brown filled in for 3-WR sets. When Arians finally brought Floyd back in, he promptly dropped a pass. While Floyd managed to momentarily get himself involved in the game, it was fleeting at best, managing only 3 catches on his 7 targets. Floyd admitted in a local radio interview recently that his contract situation has weighed on his mind, and while that is understandable, his play is not. No one single person on this offense should shoulder all the blame for the unit's struggles, but Michael Floyd more than deserves his fair share.
2016 Week 3 vs BUF (11 / 4 / 65 / 0 rec)
In an afternoon overwhelmed with disappointment, maybe nobody contributed more towards that than Michael Floyd. At times Floyd looks average, and it is disappointing that he is not great. Sunday, however, Floyd failed to even look average. Floyd opened the game with a drop that hit him square in the chest and little improved from that point on. Additionally, a bobble on a sideline route turned a first down into an incompletion, and the failure to attack the ball at its highest point let a big play become a broken-up ball. These were the miscues from Floyd on plays in which he actually ran the correct route, problems only compounded when he didn't, leading to one of Palmer's many late interceptions. Floyd may always be the player leaving fans and fantasy owners wanting for more, and in a contract year he may still cash-in, but through three games, Floyd's been more disappointing than impressive.
2016 Week 2 vs TB (6 / 2 / 8 / 1 rec)
Floyd was a nonfactor for much of the game on Sunday, catching the second pass of the day and a one-yard touchdown late in the first half. Floyd was targeted 4 other times, one of which likely would have been another touchdown if not for a missed defensive holding call, but by and large left little impact on the game. Teams are clearly trying to scheme away the deep-ball away from the Cardinals, which will undoubtedly have an effect on Floyd's numbers, but he was heavily involved in the offense week one and was still the second-most targeted receiver on Sunday. His numbers Sunday were much more likely an outlier performance than anything predictive going forward.
2016 Week 1 vs NE (7 / 3 / 61 / 0 rec)
There seem to be two viewpoints when examining Floyd's game, those who believe he is continually primed to breakout and those who continue to see him as failing to live up to his abilities. Sunday night was another game for Floyd that fueled both party's fires. At times, he looked un-guardable, utilizing his big body to shield off defenders and his deceptive speed to haul in the lone deep ball of the night. In other instances, like his dropped touchdown late in the 4th quarter, he showed the inconsistencies that Cardinals coaches, fans, and fantasy owners have found so maddening. This is a contract year for Floyd, who desires to be paid like the league's elite wide receivers. The talent is apparent, and the opportunities will be plentiful all season long, but at this point, it is incumbent on Floyd to finally breakout or become a perennial frustration.
Latest NewsCardinals | Full practice for Michael Floyd (Fri Dec 2, 10:14 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (hamstring) was a full participant in practice Friday, Dec. 2, and isn't listed on the Week 13 injury report. link to story Cardinals | Limited practice for Michael Floyd (Thu Dec 1, 10:55 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 1. link to story Cardinals | Michael Floyd limited (Wed Nov 30, 08:08 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (hamstring) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 30. Cardinals | Michael Floyd held in check (Sun Nov 27, 04:55 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd caught two passes for 31 yards against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 12. Our View: Floyd was uneven, with a drop that cost the team a chance to extend the game and the inconsistency that has plagued him all season.
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