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Once upon a time, the Cardinals had a talented, tall wide receiver who was a first-round pick. This receiver didn’t have the greatest speed, but he was good at getting down the field, going up for a jump ball and pulling it down in traffic. He did that a lot. Then an assistant coach, Todd Haley, got in Larry Fitzgerald’s face and famously called him a “one-trick pony” and challenged Fitzgerald to expand his game and start getting yards after the catch.
I thought of that story, and of Fitz’s early days, while watching Michael Floyd down the stretch.
Two points to make here: I’m not saying Floyd will eventually turn into Fitzgerald. We’ll see what Floyd’s ceiling will end up being. And I’m not saying Floyd can’t get yards after the catch — he showed he’d break a tackle in San Francisco, for instance (although that tackle effort was pretty weak by the Niners.) But there have been many plays on throws down the field this season where you notice Floyd turning his body all the way around to face the line of scrimmage before he goes up for the ball. He might be more comfortable doing it that way, but it tends to take away any chance of the play going for extra yards after the catch as opposed to him trying to catch it with his body still aimed to the goal line.
Floyd’s numbers weren’t eye-popping this season — 45 receptions, 562 yards, two TDs — but he did finish with the eight catches for 166 yards and a touchdown in the finale. He has the talent to impact the game.
The Cardinals don’t have a head coach, offensive coordinator or receivers coach right now, so it’s impossible to know how they will view Floyd and where he is in his development. But there are parts of his game that are still growing. Maybe, he can grow in the same direction Fitz did.
*** OK, we now resume all things coach-search. ***
Tags: Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd
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