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WR Michael Floyd - Arizona Cardinals

6-3, 220Born: 11-27-1989College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 1, pick 13

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Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (knee) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 30.

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Floyd got banged up against the Eagles, and he laid an egg in one of his best matchups all year. You aren't dropping Floyd, or maybe even benching him against Dallas, but your confidence in him as a weekly start is definitely shaken right now.

General News (Thu Oct 30): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Oct 29): currently ranks fourth on the team with 18 targets this season.

Week 9: at Dallas Cowboys

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Carson Palmer continued his string of solid outings against the Eagles last Sunday, throwing 20/42 for 329 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions, with zero sacks taken. He's thrown for at least 250 yards and two TDs in each of his last three games, making Palmer a model of consistency at the half-way point of the season. During that three week span, Andre Ellington (24 targets for 15/112/0 receiving) has been Palmer's top target, while Larry Fitzgerald (21 for 17/279/2) and John Brown (21 for 11/203/1) have both drawn 21 targets. Michael Floyd is the #3 of late, with 14 targets for 7/94/2 over the last three weeks, but had zero catches out of four chances last week. Brown may be taking over the starting role across from Fitzgerald here during the second half of the season. The Dallas pass D surrendered 25/30 for 286 yards, zero TDs and one interception to Colt McCoy on Sunday, while sacking him three times for -13 yards. Two games back, Eli Manning wasn't sacked at all and he threw 21/33 for 248 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions at Dallas. Though Dallas has been generally winning contests, their pass D has been lax over the past few games. To date, Dallas averages 237.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with 11 passing scores given out vs. eight interceptions (tied-seventh in the NFL) and 10 sacks (tied-26th) generated. Palmer is coming on in this phase of the game, while the Cowboys are sub-par-to-mediocre at best. Advantage, Arizona.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at DEN 0 0 0 7 1 7 0 0
6 vs WAS 0 0 0 7 4 47 1 0
7 at OAK 0 0 0 3 3 47 1 0
8 vs PHI 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
9 at DAL PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 4 * * *
9 at DAL PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 4 * * *
9 at DAL PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs WAS (7 / 4 / 47 / 1 rec)

Floyd had a bit of an auspicious start to the game. Coming off his worst performance of the season last week in Denver, Floyd dropped the first pass thrown his way. From there he settled in nicely and by and large got right back into rhythm with Palmer. Those two have had a connection since day one, so it would not be surprising at all to see Floyd's targets and number go up again with Palmer back behind center. Floyd caught the game's first touchdown on a beautiful throw by Palmer with an equally impressive play from Floyd. With The Cardinals in a 2-tight end, 2-reciever formation, Floyd was bunched in with Rob Housler to the right side. Housler ran a deep dig route and safety Ryan Clark bit with Floyd running a deep cross behind it. Palmer perfectly floated the ball above Clark and Floyd showed off his incredible body control in both boxing out his defender and in also rising up and making a tremendous catch.

2014 Week 7 vs OAK (3 / 3 / 47 / 1 rec)

Once again The Cardinals struggled to incorporate Michael Floyd as a consistent part of the offense, but again he came through as the teams' big play target. Cardinals' team writer Darren Urban likened his "jump ball" skills to that of Larry Fitzgerald circa 2008. That's incredibly high praise, but watching Floyd's concentration, body control and ability to attack the ball in air it certainly seems an apt comparison. Floyd was only targeted 3 total times however. Both John Carlson and Stepfan Taylor were targeted more in the passing game. That is not properly utilizing your weapons and that is not a recipe for success throughout the remainder of the season.

2014 Week 8 vs PHI (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Floyd went catch-less on his 4 targets Sunday, with two of those possibly counting as drops (although certainly not easy plays to make). Twice Palmer attempted to find Floyd deep and the pair simply could not connect. Floyd also gave fans and fantasy owners a bit of a scare, hurting his knee, but eventually came back in the game and played the rest of the way. It seems like inevitably each week that one of the trio of Cardinals' receivers will not have a great day, and that's especially true with an offense as out of sync as the Cardinals' was on Sunday. Floyd has become the big-play threat but this week those plays went to Fitzgerald and Brown. Its not a satisfying answer, especially for fantasy owners, but that just seems to be the way its going to work with this team this year. Fitzgerald has had his share of down days, and Brown has disappeared at times as well. The ball goes to the open man and on Sunday that simply wasn't Michael Floyd.


Latest News

Cardinals | Michael Floyd practices in full (Thu Oct 30, 05:36 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (knee) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 30.

Our View: Floyd is running routes, and his targets aren't too much lower than Larry Fitzgerald's, but he's not hauling in the passes. He's a risky fantasy start this week against the Cowboys. We can only recommend him as a low-end WR3 in Week 9.
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Cardinals | Michael Floyd practices in full (Wed Oct 29, 07:26 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (knee) was listed as a full participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Our View: Floyd has only 42 targets this year on 245 routes run. That's the same number of routes that Larry Fitzgerald has this season. The big difference? Fitzgerald has 30 catches, and Floyd has only 19. We'll see if the team works to get Floyd more catches in the near future.
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Cardinals | Few looks for Michael Floyd (Tue Oct 28, 09:25 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd currently ranks fourth on the team with 18 targets this season.

Our View: Fantasy owners want this to turn around. He's getting deep targets, but he's not getting enough of them. The Cardinals should work to turn that around in the near future.
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Cardinals | No statistics for Michael Floyd (Sun Oct 26, 08:43 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd was targeted four times in Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he did not have any receptions or touches.

Our View: Floyd got banged up during the game and couldn't reel in any of his deep targets on a 300+ yard day for Carson Palmer. Next week against Dallas should be another opportunity for a bigger game against a suspect secondary, but a floor of a zero can be hard to swallow.
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Cardinals | Michael Floyd listed as probable (Fri Oct 17, 05:37 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (groin) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is listed as probable for Week 7.

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