WR Michael Floyd - Arizona Cardinals
|6-3, 220||Born: 11-27-1989||College: Notre Dame||Drafted: Round 1, pick 13|
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2015 Week 20 vs CAR (8 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Floyd had the unenviable task of matching up with All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman for the majority of the game, and undoubtedly Norman was the victor in that. Floyd was an utter non-factor all evening long, with breaking up a possible Norman interception as arguably his best play of the game. Floyd has great promise, and has shown incredible skill at times this season, but all too often for someone of his talent and ability has disappeared from games. The Cardinals have Floyd under contract for another season, but what will happen beyond that remains an interesting question.
2015 Week 17 vs SEA (4 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Floyd sat out the early-week practices, bothered by a bad knee that appeared to still be bothering him on Sunday. Floyd lacked a bit of his explosiveness and walked a bit gingerly on a few occasions, making one wonder why he was suited up to play in a meaningless game in the first place. Nevertheless, with two weeks to rest, Floyd should be in good shape come the Cardinals first playoff game. Floyd also contributed to the team's drop issues on Sunday, failing to secure two easy first down catches. Again, the malaise of the offensive unit affected all on Sunday. Prior to Sunday's dismal effort, Floyd had been playing at a superstar level for several weeks in a row, making many believe he had finally turned that proverbial corner of his career. Hopefully the rest and practice leading up to the Cardinals first playoff game will be enough to get Floyd and the rest of this passing offense back on track moving forward.
2015 Week 16 vs GB (8 / 6 / 111 / 0 rec)
By and large the conversations surrounding Michael Floyd this season has been about his potential, and what he could become. While ultimately injuries, which always remain an unpredictable wildcard, are what have prevented Floyd from fully making that leap to the next level, it is also fair to say Michael Floyd has arrived. Floyd is almost unquestionably the team's #1 receiver now, a title that started the season with Fitzgerald, was passed to Brown, and now resides with Mike. Floyd was un-guardable on Sunday, using his speed and massive frame to gain separation with ease from Packers defenders, and catching everything that came in his vicinity. Floyd led the team in both catches and targets, and while he was kept out of the end zone, did have the game's biggest catch. With less than a minute to go in the first half from the team's own 20-yard line, Floyd ran a deep dig to the inside, beating his defender with ease before taking off for another 30-yards after the catch and even getting out of bounds to save his team a much-needed timeout. In just one play, the Cardinals found themselves in Green Bay territory, which eventually led to a John Brown touchdown and a 17-0 lead at the half.
2015 Week 15 vs PHI (8 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
Floyd failed to extend his 100-yard game streak Sunday night, but apart from that played another excellent game. Throughout the game, Floyd showed every attribute in his arsenal, making the game's best catch on a deep sideline throw, dominating the intermediate, chain-moving routes and showing off his strength and physical presence with a devastating stiff-arm on a wide receiver screen. Floyd has looked nearly un-guardable for much of the stretch since the week 8 matchup in Cleveland, with only a hamstring injury temporarily slowing him down. With some injuries on both sides of the ball starting to mount, the Cardinals will need to ride their talented wide receiver corps if they plan on making a deep playoff run, and Floyd may just end up proving to be the most important piece.
2015 Week 14 vs MIN (9 / 5 / 102 / 1 rec)
While Fitzgerald stole the highlight on Floyd's biggest play of the night, Floyd was undoubtedly the highlight of the receiving corps on Thursday. Floyd led the team in targets on his way to collecting over 100-yards for the 4th time in his last 5 games, making important chain-moving catches and showing off some impressive hands and body control on a few sideline throws. Finally healthy and fully incorporated into the offensive game plans, Floyd is showing off the potential that has had Cardinals fans so excited with a great deal more consistency than ever before. If Floyd can ever go a stretch of games without catching the injury bug that has found him at seemingly the most inopportune times, then the sky is the limit for the still-young wide receiver.
2015 Week 13 vs STL (12 / 7 / 104 / 0 rec)
Sunday was a very Michael Floydish game. There is almost no other way to express it. Floyd was open all day, and largely exploited that coverage regularly and with ease, leading to a team-high 12 targets. He made some important chain-moving catches, had a few frustrating drops, and made a couple sensational catches along the way. It was exactly the performance that we have come to expect from Floyd at this point. The flashes of brilliance in part make up for the frustrating near-misses, but also make you question why the near-misses happen at all. He always appears on the cusp of breaking out, but never quite gets past the cusp. But when he makes plays, he really makes plays. Had it not been for the Kerwynn Williams touchdown run (and maybe Fitzgerald's milestone catch,) Floyd would have had the play of the game. Facing a 3rd-3 from their own 10-yard line and with only a seven-point lead, Palmer faced heavy pressure right up the middle and simply heaved up a jump-ball in Floyds direction. Using his big frame, Floyd out-positioned his defender and rose up, catching the ball at its high-point for a huge 31-yard gain and an important conversion. The Cardinals would go on to score a touchdown on the drive, breaking the game open into a two-score contest. Consistency continues to elude Floyd, but the flashes of brilliance are pretty exceptional to watch.
2015 Week 12 vs SF (2 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Floyd was a mostly non-factor in his first game back from his hamstring injury. Historically Floyd has seen a lot of success against San Francisco, but the combination of him at less than 100% and the offense never managing to find its groove left him with little contribution to Sunday's win. Floyd had really been hitting his stride before his injury, so it is at least an encouraging sign he was able to return after only one missed week and hopefully should be fully back into form for a (likely) playoff run.
2015 Week 10 vs SEA (9 / 7 / 113 / 2 rec)
Just as he has finally started to truly gain steam in this offense, it is a shame an injury may set Michael Floyd back a bit again. Prior to that hamstring pull late in the fourth quarter- the severity of which is still unknown- Floyd was having an absolutely monster game, beating both Seahawk cornerbacks for deep scores and consistently moving the chains on his other catches. Floyd worked the sidelines expertly all night, using his big frame and long stride to gain separation deep throughout the night. Floyd has improved week-to-week since returning from his preseason injury, finally becoming a significant target in the offense, so hopefully the hamstring injury won't end up being too severe.
2015 Week 8 vs CLE (8 / 4 / 106 / 1 rec)
For those who have remained supportive of Michael Floyd through his tumultuous last two seasons, Sunday's game felt like vindication. Floyd was downright dominant, amassing over 100 yards on four receptions, including a 60-yard score. What does not show in the box score is how much bigger Floyd's day could have been. On the Cardinals second drive of the game, Floyd was overthrown on a deep ball in which he'd easily beat his defender and likely would have resulted in an 80+ yard touchdown, while having another score (on an incredible one-handed catch,) taken away from him at the end of the half due to an illegal shift penalty. The breakout was no doubt in part due to John Brown's absence, providing more targets for Floyd, but seems also to be the culmination of several weeks of close-but-not-quite build up for Floyd. If Floyd can continue this impressive, play through the second-half of the season, the Cardinals passing attack could somehow become even better. A truly scare notion for opposing defenses.
2015 Week 7 vs BAL (4 / 3 / 59 / 1 rec)
Each week Floyd continues to better find his footing within this offense, as Palmer has continued to target him with more frequency and the coaching staff better scheming ways to get him involved. While last week's game against the Steelers-Floyd's best of the season- still featured more close misses, Monday's game was finally about conversions for Floyd. Floyd caught three of his four targets, including a short touchdown and a 33-yard catch that immediately preceded Chris Johnson's touchdown run. Having provided a crucial block on that touchdown run, Floyd's contribution to the team's first scoring drive was immense. While this type of balance in the receiving distribution may put fantasy owners in a tough spot as the season progresses, it is also what will ultimately allow the Cardinals to maintain one of the league's best passing attacks all season long.
2015 Week 6 vs PIT (8 / 5 / 50 / 1 rec)
Even in Floyd's good games-and this was by far his best of the season- he still finds ways to frustrate. Floyd was targeted 8 times, with three of those coming in the end zone for his most significant offensive involvement all year. The results were mixed at best. Floyd's touchdown featured a gorgeous stutter-step at the line to gain immediate separation from his defender and he made a spectacular catch on a 3rd-down conversion. These are the plays many have been waiting for Floyd to begin making. However, they were not without their faults either. On that same 3rd-down conversion, Floyd stopped his route forcing the great catch instead of a relatively routine play. Floyd later missed out on two other touchdowns, both perfect passes from Palmer, by first committing a (very questionable,) offensive pass interference penalty, then failing to get both feet in bounds on a boundary throw. A third touchdown failure came on a clearly blown defensive pass interference call, but on a play Floyd very much still could have made. The consistency, quite simply, still is not there for Floyd and its fair to wonder if it ever will be.
2015 Week 5 vs DET (3 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Floyd was essentially a non-factor on Sunday, with all three of his targets coming late in the game, and two of them with Palmer already out. Floyd looked to be gaining steam with consecutive weeks with strong involvement in the game plan, so we'll see if this was more due to the offenses' overall volume of plays, or more in line with his pecking order in the offense.
2015 Week 4 vs STL (7 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
All signs continue to point up for Floyd, as he seems both fully recuperated from his preseason hand injury, as well as fully reintegrated into the offense. Floyd looked crisper in his routes on Sunday and his timing with Carson Palmer appeared much improved. Floyd was finding continual success working outside the numbers on intermediate routes. What seems to be holding Floyd back most are the number of other offensive weapons on the team and a bit of bad luck. Last week against the 49s, Floyd had a spectacular 40+ yard catch called back on a holding penalty. This week, the Cardinals were unable to convert the pass interference penalty he drew in the end zone into a touchdown, and then saw another deep interference penalty Floyd drew negated due to an offensive holding penalty. His role in the offense is increasing, as well as the end zone attempts, but with all three receivers healthy, and Ellington due back any week, it may take several weeks to settle on any sort of consistent offensive distribution.
2015 Week 3 vs SF (5 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Despite the nearly nonexistent stat-line, there were plenty of positive elements to take away from Floyd's game on Sunday. He tied for the second most targets, with three of his five in the end zone and two on consecutive fade-routes from the red zone. He also made a highlight worthy catch on a 40+yard, throw out-jumping two defenders only to have it called back on a holding penalty. With only one ball to go around, Fitzgerald's dominance may prevent Floyd from having the breakout season many anticipated, but Sunday was actually a strong step towards reintegrating him into the offense.
2015 Week 2 vs CHI (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Floyd is still slowly working his way back from his preseason hand injury, and finding his role in the offense. He was not targeted on Sunday, which is not terribly surprising considering Fitzgerald's herculean effort, but he showed good effort when run blocking and should continue to see his role expand as the weeks go on.
2015 Week 1 vs NO (1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
After missing nearly all of training camp and preseason with a hand injury, Floyd was gently worked back into action Sunday. He only had one reception on the day, early in the first quarter, and did not play at all in the 4th. This was mostly by design, his conditioning and timing in the offense is not where it needs to be, but now that he is healthy, those things should not take long to fall back into place. It will take a few weeks for him to find his place in the offense again, but expectations were high before the injury, and his quick recovery allows for optimism to remain high.
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