WR Michael Floyd - Arizona Cardinals
|6-3, 220||Born: 11-27-1989||College: Notre Dame||Drafted: Round 1, pick 13|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): Sure the matchup was tough and Floyd didn't have Larry Fitzgerald drawing coverage, but two goose eggs in one season is too much to take. Floyd is just depth from here on out, although we'll forgive you for plugging him in as a WR3/Flex against Atlanta this week.
General News (Tue Nov 25): was targeted twice in the Week 12 game against the Seattle Seahawks, but he did not record any catches or offensive statistics.
Week 13: at Atlanta Falcons
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. The Cardinals struggled mightily without Larry Fitzgerald in Seattle (head coach Bruce Arians stated that Fitzgerald couldn't run during warmups last week), so Drew Stanton had an off game against the outstanding Seahawks' pass D (14/26 for 149 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -9 yards). Considering that Fitzgerald is dealing with a MCL strain, it's looking iffy for him to go in this contest against Atlanta. We did see some good moves by John Brown last Sunday (five targets for 3/61/0 receiving), but Michael Floyd continued his epic collapse this year with two targets for zero catches during the game. Coach Arians stated after the loss that he 'should have done a better job finding ways to get Michael Floyd open' - the five targets for 2/54/2 receiving Floyd saw two weeks ago seems like a distant memory entering Week 13. It's definitely fair to say that Floyd has been erratic in production during 2014. Fortunately for Stanton and company, the Falcons' pass D is awful. They average 284.1 net passing yards allowed per game, worst in the NFL, while handing over 14 passing scores this year, vs. 12 interceptions and a mere sacks generated to date (tied for eighth in the NFL, and tied for next-to-last in the league, respectively). Brian Hoyer rang up 313 net yards passing against Atlanta last week, though he threw zero TDs and three interceptions, while taking one sack for -9 yards. Cam Newton posted 23/37 for 285 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions vs. the Falcons, with two sacks taken for -7 yards back in Week 11. This is a good matchup for the visiting Cardinals.
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2014 Week 10 vs STL (4 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
This has been a strange season for Michael Floyd. Early in the season it seemed as though he'd usurped Fitzgerald's role in the offense, but as Fitzgerald got going throughout the season, Floyd has all but disappeared. His targets have dropped considerably, with just 4 total yesterday, and he hasn't been able to catch a deep ball since his touchdown grab against Oakland. Whereas last year Floyd was a primary intermediate target, setting an NFL record for consecutive catches resulting in a first down, this season it seems to be all or nothing for him. Early in the season, in games against San Diego and Oakland, Floyd was able to connect on those deep passes. Lately that has not been the case. He got his hands on two difficult balls against Philly but could not haul either in. Yesterday Palmer overthrew him in the end zone after he'd clearly beaten his defender. All have been close, but none have connected. Like Palmer, Stanton certainly has the arm strength to get Floyd involved deep, but the emergence of John Brown has shifted some of those targets away from Floyd, leaving the team with one of its best weapons being severely underutilized.
2014 Week 11 vs DET (5 / 2 / 54 / 2 rec)
Michael Floyd did not catch a single pass after the 6-minute mark of the first quarter, and yet he left quite the mark on this game. Catching two touchdowns in the first 9 minutes should be a harbinger of a huge day forthcoming, but for Floyd that never came. Nevertheless, the wide receiver was all smiles after the game, and even admitted the previous few weeks had been a bit frustrating. While his first touchdown was slightly more highlight worthy, his second showed off his skillset in equally impressive manner. Lined up at the Detroit 12-yard line, the Cardinals were in a 5-WR set with Fitzgerald, Floyd and Brown in a trips-bunch set to Stanton's right. Floyd, the outside man on the bunch set, ran a out-route right to the front pylon and used his big body to box out his defender, while out-jumping him and maintaining his body control to come down with the ball in bounds. With Stanton's penchant for the deep ball, Floyd should see some increased big-play targets these next six weeks, and how often they connect will ultimately determine Floyd's fantasy value each week.
2014 Week 12 vs SEA (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Floyd was held without a catch on Sunday and was only targeted 3 total times. Floyd was targeted only once during the first half on a deep throw with double coverage. Floyd's lone reception of the day, an 11-yard catch in the 3rd quarter, was called back due to an offensive holding call against RT Bobby Massie.
Latest NewsCardinals | Fewer snaps for Andre Ellington, Michael Floyd (Mon Nov 24, 07:54 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington and WR Michael Floyd both saw the fewest offensive snaps of the season in the Week 12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Ellington played 39 of 54 offensive snaps, while Floyd played 45 snaps. WR Jaron Brown (40 snaps) saw the most snaps of the season by more than double. link to story Cardinals | Michael Floyd shut out again (Sun Nov 23, 10:19 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd was targeted twice in the Week 12 game against the Seattle Seahawks, but he did not record any catches or offensive statistics. Our View: Floyd did not benefit from Larry Fitzgerald's absence freeing up targets for him, but he is still worth a look as a WR3/Flex against the vulnerable Atlanta pass defense next week.
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