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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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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 24): Floyd's play has been choppy, but his opportunity is growing with Jaron Brown sidelined by a torn ACL and John Brown battling some sickle cell related leg issues. Brown should be back this week against Carolina, but Floyd should still have enough snaps and targets to at least deserve a roster spot, if not a what the heck flex spot against the Panthers' young corners.

General News (Thu Oct 27): did not practice on Thursday. Head coach Bruce Arians indicated with Floyd and John Brown (illness) that "there's a possibility" one of the receivers misses the Week 8 game against the Carolina Panthers.

General News (Wed Oct 26): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 8: at Carolina Panthers

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Carson Palmer and company had a rough outing against their divisional rivals, the Seahawks - neither team found the end zone during 75 minutes of game play, and wound up tied 6-6. Palmer threw for over 300 yards during the game, though - 29/49 for 342 yards passing, with zero interceptions thrown and four sacks for -31 yards taken from Seattle. Jaron Brown was lost for the season due to a torn ACL suffered in the game, further cementing Larry Fitzgerald (14 targets for 9/70/0 receiving) and Michael Floyd (seven for 5/65/0) as the lead receivers in this stable. John Brown has been diagnosed with sickle-cell anemia which is causing him pain in the hamstrings of his legs - he didn't play vs. Seattle. According to's Dr. Jene Bramel: 'Players with sickle cell trait are at risk of pain, difficulty breathing, and other vascular crises when the shape of their red blood cells change and limit the amount of oxygen able to be carried to body tissue. It's a condition that can be managed and should resolve, but the Cardinals will be watching Brown carefully in the coming days.' David Johnson also saw double-digit targets last weekend, 13 for 8/58/0. J.J. Nelson actually led the team in receiving yards with seven for 3/84/0 - we'll see if he can carry that level of involvment forwards if/when John Brown returns to the fold. As you can see, the Cardinals' receiving corps is in flux right now thanks to illness and injury. Carolina's pass defense was destroyed in New Orleans - 10 different receivers caught passes from Drew Brees, and Brees eventually wound up with 34/49 for 460 net yards passing, four TDs and one interception thrown, with one sack taken for -5 yards. Carolina went into the bye week licking their wounds - From Week Five to Week Seven of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Carolina has averaged 26.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (third-most in the NFL); and 32.3 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (second-most in the league); with 16.5 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (most in the NFL during that time span). To date, Carolina averages 282.0 net passing yards allowed per game (26th in the NFL) with 13 passing scores given out over six games vs. six interceptions (tied for seventh in the NFL) and 12 sacks (tied for 22nd in the NFL). This is a great matchup for the Cardinals - Palmer should bounce back in the TD department and post solid yardage numbers this weekend.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs LA 35 0 0 0 7 3 36 1 0 9.6
5 at SF 23 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
6 vs NYJ 0 0 0 0 2 2 22 1 0 8.2
7 vs SEA 77 0 0 0 7 5 65 0 0 6.5
8 at CAR PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3 * * * *
8 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 2 * * * *
8 at CAR PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 News

Cardinals | Michael Floyd absent (Thu Oct 27, 06:33 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (hamstring) did not practice for a second straight day Thursday, Oct. 27.

Our View: Floyd didn't do much with the opportunity he had when Jaron Brown and John Brown hampered by injury and now it seems as if he has his own injury woes. We're not optimistic that he suits up this weekend, forget have an impact.
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Cardinals | Michael Floyd nursing hamstring (Wed Oct 26, 11:15 PM) - Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (hamstring) missed practice Wednesday, Oct. 26, and head coach Bruce Arians indicated with Floyd and WR John Brown (illness) that 'there's a possibility' one of the receivers misses the Week 8 game against the Carolina Panthers.

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Cardinals | Michael Floyd misses practice (Wed Oct 26, 06:42 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Cardinals | Michael Floyd should play (Mon Oct 24, 05:45 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (hamstring) is expected to play in Week 8 despite suffering a hamstring injury in Week 7.

Our View: Floyd finished week 7 with five catches for 65 yards. This week against an inexperienced Panthers secondary, the veteran could be worth starting as a 'what the heck' flex at least.
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Cardinals | Michael Floyd gets into end zone (Tue Oct 18, 12:24 AM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd had just two receptions for 22 yards in the Week 6 game against the New York Jets Monday, Oct. 17, but one of the catches was good for a touchdown.

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