We have a Floyd sighting

Posted by Darren Urban on September 25, 2012 – 11:49 am

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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22 Responses to “We have a Floyd sighting”

  1. By beardinals on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Doucet dropped another one. I feel his days are short.

  2. By SteveG on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    I think we are seeing the results of the accumulation of talent on the team (By FAR the deepest we have ever been including the SB team) as well as superior coaching on special teams and defense (and I am hopeful for the offense’s improvement)…

    Getting the “best’ player will pay dividends sporadically at first perhaps, but will eventually pay big time (E.G. Schofield O’Brian who barely played for 2 years..any one doubt his value now tho?)

  3. By Rufus on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Where do you stand on the real story today about the poor officiating last night? If a deal is not struck soon, I am boycotting watching any NFL games next weekend. This is becoming a joke. Maybe my Sundays will be more productive.

  4. By Darren Urban on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Rufus —

    RE: Boycotting

    As frustrating as that was, I do not see many people boycotting the NFL over it.

  5. By Justin on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    I disagree with one thing, a top 15 player drafted should have an immediate impact and should be starting. Calvin Johnson, AJ Green, Julio Jones, Justin Blackmon, the list goes on. WR and RB are the 2 positions where a guy should be able to step right in.

  6. By sarah on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    If I am the Philly defensive coach i would be all over those two defenders who let it slip between them for a TD, Floyd got extremely lucky as it was a pass that should not have been thrown.

  7. By Troy on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Floyd will be awesome. Soon!!!

  8. By Kreedos on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    I’ll keep watching the games. But that was a horribly officiated second half…as far as Floyd, it was good to see him get that catch. Doucet is talented hopefully they dont let him go.

  9. By philly cards on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    This team has character guys. I heard mike b speak about that when we didn’t take a certain dt in the draft years ago.I bought in to him as a man ever since.we had players who didn’t buy in after buddy left.mar tay jenkins won that game vs the eagle because he always previously gave up on the route so the eagles didn’t focus on him.
    Contrast to today with a guy like larry on the team we won’t have those problems.
    But icant say I assumed floyd would not have a great impact.with a guy like larry u can make floyd run fly route all day and open the whole field up.make him do basic things and pressure the defense to move the saftey and imagine if they lined up together? But the way this team is run strategically he won’t have the impact.
    I blame the coach.

  10. By Rufus on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    The Cardinals should have a two game lead on Seattle but do not thanks to last night’s fiasco. We all know that the poor officiating issues go far beyond that terrible call. The integrity, objectivity and fairness of NFL games have been compromised. That will effect viewership and fan interest.

  11. By Eric Hutchins on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Sadly I think the only effect it will have on viewership is to piss us off. I really doubt that less people will watch.

  12. By Cards4life on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    LOL boycott all you like I’ll eat your chicken wings in your absence 🙂

  13. By JP on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    That’s great his 1st catch was a touchdown

  14. By redman on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    At 6’3” 225, I think Fitz will help him develop into a consistent burner. Not bad for a first catch as well. I like the upside.

  15. By ken on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    re: rufus

    last nites call was bullxxxx call im going to be really upset if cards miss playoffs by one game cuz refs dont know how to make a call, let the fans ref, they could of made a better more honest call then they did

  16. By clssylssy on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    I know for a fact that a lot of Packer fans will be boycotting the NFL… not buying merchandise, not buying tickets, etc. Instead they will support the Wisconsin Badgers. The players need to stand together on this and be supported by their respective organizations. The poor officiating is a matter of player safety. I have never seen so many free-for-all brawls in games and total mayham on the field as in the last three weeks. Last night really topped it off in illustrating how little the NFL cares about protecting the integrity of the game. When Golden Tate committed offensive pass interference the play should have ended. The NFL fines players after the fact retroactively when they haven’t been flagged in a game so I don’t buy into the fact that the referees call makes it final! I watched Larry Fitz on the NFL am show and as usual he was a class act…he called it an interception and he is a man who watches enough tape to spot what when on, in addition to being in that kind of pile up himself before. Floyd had a good outing this week and I hope our guys are ready to take it to the Hags House and show them what a defense can do to a bunch of cheaters without the help of the SCABS. The Hags are almost making the Whiners look squeaky clean now! And…this ill gotten win does impact the Cards on a Division Level.

  17. By Jerry on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    It was nice to see Floyd playing now we just need to see Powel out there to see if he can perform the way he did in preseason. Howling lost to much yardage when he was in

  18. By Rio on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    The ref. in the Seattle game last night, thought green bay was on offense and call it a touch down because the green bay receiver caught it.

    He was too embarress to tell them at the time.

    go Cards.

  19. By VctorLimaKilo on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    re: clssylssy

    Just wait for the future games and everything will balance out. As long as they officiate poorly consistently, right? 😉 It will take a few more big flubs for fans to rally against the NFL, demand changes and go to the extreme of boycoting to any significant level. IF that happens though, watch out. The football fan pool is HUGE and could have a signifcant impact. Maybe Romney and Obama should take note?? The good news is that is sounds like that situation helped to get both sides to agree to sit down and sart talking again. Floyd – Be a sponge Grasshopper. You got the best mentoring you. Look forward to seeing you develop.

  20. By ken on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with jerry i want to see powell he was great in preseason, give wells a break to get better, but in powell see what the kid gots.

  21. By Kevin S on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    I realize this isn’t the topic Darren wrote about, but with people talking about “the call,” it brings up the question of whether the “indisputable” evidence standard is too high to overturn the call on the field. On the call in question, it looked like neither referee even wanted to make a call at first, so giving such a high presumption of correctness to the call on the field was unwarranted. And in many other cases, the plays are so bang-bang that it’s asking a lot of any official (experienced or replacement) to get them right — I mean, on one of those plays where the guy is trying to drag his feet and is juggling the ball a bit, how an official is supposed to watch both things at once is beyond me. I think the call on the field should matter at some level, but maybe if the rule were changed to something more like “convincing” evidence (instead of “indisputable”) we’d be better off…? On the other hand, that might put too much discretion in the hands of the replay official. I just think for the NFL to come out and say that, even after reviewing the GB/SEA play after the fact, the replay decision was the correct one (based on the fact that the replay was “inconclusive”) is bogus. The standard is too high if that replay was not enough to get the call overturned.

  22. By clssylssy on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    When the NFL is using “player safety” and “integrity of the game” or “protecting the shield” to hide behind, I say they need to be called on their willful disregard for player safety as evidenced by the mayhem on the field with players out of control, and being injured and carted off at a record level. The alleged “simultaneous possession” shouldn’t even be an issue since the play should have ended with the offensive pass interference by Golden Tate that was not called or even acknowledged but was seen clearly by the entire football viewing world. How much more tarnished can the shield get when rumors of pay-offs and corruption are beginning to circulate much like the baseball scandal a number of years ago. Monday night’s disaster was bound to happen and it was a matter of time…a ticking time bomb that the league was unwilling to defuse. The NFL (including the owners) through arrogance and unwillingness to acknowledge their mistake can’t do much more to compromise the integrity of the game when players and fans alike have lost respect and NFL writers are beginning to doubt the competence.of it’s leadership. The fact that the Hags are in our league is a big deal. Fist fights and free-for-alls on the field are not OK. What is at stake here is really a matter of integrity and winning in a good and clean way. I hate to see the game I love cheapened in the way the NFL has operated this past year and I can only see things escalating from this point on if immediate changes aren’t made.

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