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WR Michael Floyd - New England Patriots

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

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Week 20: vs Pittsburgh Steelers

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. New England defeated the Steelers 27-16 at Heinz Field back on October 23rd, 2016. However, in that game Ben Roethlisberger sat out due to his torn knee meniscus cartilage that had been surgically repaired just prior to the Week Seven game. Tom Brady threw 19/26 for 222 yards, two TDs and threw zero interceptions while taking zero sacks during the contest. However, his lead receiver that day, Rob Gronkowski (four targets for 4/93/1 receiving) is now on I.R. (Julian Edelman was second in receiving at Pittsburgh with 10 targets for 9/60/0 receiving). Brady threw 18/38 for 287 yards, two TDs and two interceptions vs. Houston last week, looking a little out-of-synch with his receivers due to heavy pass pressure (two sacks for -8 yards and several other hits/pressures). He did find his running backs for two short TD passes (seven targets for 2/23/1 receiving to Dion Lewis; one for 1/19/1 to James White). Edelman (13 targets for 8/137/0 receiving) was the main receiver last weekend, as per usual. Two games ago Brady blew up the Dolphins in the regular season finale, throwing 25/33 for 276 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions with zero sacks taken before Jimmy Garoppolo cleaned up the 35-14 shellacking. Edelman (13 targets for 8/151/1 receiving), Michael Floyd (four for 3/36/1) and Martellus Bennett (five for 3/33/1) all hauled in scores during the rout. Wide receiver Chris Hogan said on Tuesday, January 17 that he feels good after exiting the game early with a thigh injury against the Houston Texans last weekend. '[I] just had a little minor setback in the game,' Hogan said. 'I'm working back every single day and feeling better every day.' Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News as the weekend approaches to see if Hogan can practice/get in the mix for the Patriots this weekend. Also, receiver Malcolm Mitchell (knee injury) appears to have a solid chance to play in the AFC Championship game, according to a source - the Patriots may have a plethora of targets available for Brady against Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh kept Alex Smith and company bottled up for most of the game at Kansas City, allowing just 20/34 for 166 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown (with one sack for -6 yards generated). Even so, they needed a holding call on a two-point conversion try to fend off the Chiefs 18-16, but when the final gun went off it was Pittsburgh with a sloppy 'W' (the Steelers kicked six field goals last weekend, never finding the end zone in 60 minutes of play). Pittsburgh beat up Dolphins' backup Matt Moore in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, sacking him five times for -36 yards while allowing 29/36 for 253 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown. From Week 15-17 of regular season (the last three weeks, with no teams on bye), Pittsburgh has averaged 17 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (10th-least in the NFL); and 17 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (tied for seventh-least); with 9.1 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (13th-most). During regular season the Steelers averaged 242.6 net passing yards allowed per game (16th in the NFL) with 20 passing scores given out vs. 13 interceptions and 38 sacks generated (tied for 15th in the NFL and tied for ninth-ranked, respectively). In the post-season, the team has averaged 209.5 net passing yards allowed per game, a significant improvement over their regular season average. Pittsburgh's pass rush could pressure Brady in this game - it looks like a tough matchup is in store for the Patriots' offense in this game.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
16 vs NYJ 18 0 0 0 2 1 6 0 0 0.6
17 at MIA 49 0 0 0 4 3 36 1 0 9.6
19 vs HOU 44 0 0 0 3 1 9 0 0 0.9
20 vs PIT PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 2 * * * *
20 vs PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 19 vs HOU (3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Floyd had a pretty down day. His most notable play was an interception that Tom Brady threw his way. Don't be surprised if Malcolm Mitchell usurps Floyd's spot against the Steelers.

2016 Week 17 vs MIA (4 / 3 / 36 / 1 rec)

Playing 50 snaps on the day, Floyd had two plays that were key highlights in the game. The first was his 14 yard slant touchdown which saw him absolutely will his way into the endzone from the 2 or 3 yard line despite several defenders draped on him and dragging him. How he made it into the endzone isn't quite clear, but it was a feat. The second was his block on Julian Edelman's touchdown scamper, in which he absolutely crushed Tony Lippett. Floyd integrated well considering he was forced into action due to Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola injuries.

2016 Week 16 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Floyd made his Patriots debut on a handful of snaps, catching one pass from Jimmy Garoppolo.

2016 Week 14 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

On Sunday Floyd was for all intent and purpose a complete non-factor in the game. That is not so much a criticism of him, but an indictment of the passing game as a whole. His three targets all came in the second half of the game and one such target sailed about 10-feet over his head. No Cardinals player has had a more disappointing season than Floyd, hoping to finally break out in his contract year, but Sunday's offensive struggles were a result of the circumstances around him, not because of him.

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.

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Latest News

Patriots | Michael Floyd has one catch (Sun Jan 15, 12:25 AM) - New England Patriots WR Michael Floyd finished with on catch on three targets for nine yards in a 34-16 win over the Houston Texans Saturday, Jan. 14.

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Patriots | Michael Floyd likely will be active (Sat Jan 14, 01:31 PM) - New England Patriots WR Michael Floyd likely will serve as the No. 4 receiver for the Patriots if WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) is not able to play in the Divisional round playoff game.

Our View: The Patriots have a plethora of weapons, and having Floyd on the field is an option. They'll have Danny Amendola out there too.
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