From the outset, people have been waiting to see Michael Floyd make an impact. It was natural, given his status as a No. 1 draft pick. But it was also natural that Floyd’s impact wasn’t going to be dramatic. Too many factors: The learning curve for a rookie receiver, veterans already playing receiver like Andre Roberts and Early Doucet, fewer passes thrown a game as the Cards lean more on the defense, more multi-tight end packages in part to aid pass protection.
But Floyd popped out Sunday against Philly, even though he had just one catch, his first in the NFL. It was a doozy, concentrating in traffic on a ball that could have been picked off, for an eight-yard touchdown.
“You have to make sure you concentrate on the ball, plus make sure you don’t get that big-time hit on you,” Floyd said.
Floyd isn’t going to pontificate about his situation. He says he’s getting more comfortable, and his blocking has been pretty good already (plus he got Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to strike back for a post-play penalty after the two tussled during a run play.) Certainly he wants more catches, but like anyone in his situation, there are stages to go through and it can’t be forgotten that the Cardinals are 3-0 doing it the way they are currently doing it.
“When you don’t get a lot of balls thrown your way, you get frustrated,” Floyd said. “I held in there and got the job done.”
Floyd’s play was lost with everything else going on Sunday, and it doesn’t mean Floyd is suddenly going to dominate the stat sheet. But maybe quality will conquer quantity for Floyd this season. If the Cards get touchdowns like that (he’s becoming a master of the spectacular score, right?) they’ll take it.
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