Floyd catch = First down

Posted by Darren Urban on December 3, 2013 – 10:17 am

Michael Floyd has turned into the player the Cardinals hoped he would be when they selected him in the first round. That’s been easy to see of late.

“He’s emerged, and three weeks in a row at that level is kind of a breakout,” coach Bruce Arians said of his second-year receiver. “That’s consistency you’re looking at, and he’s playing hurt.”

(Arians said the only Floyd downside right now is that Floyd’s run blocking — which is usually among the best in the league for a wide receiver — is subpar right now because of his shoulder injury.)

The last three games, Floyd has averaged six receptions for 132 yards and he has a pair of touchdowns in that time. But Floyd’s receptions go even deeper as a Cardinals’ advantage with this statistic: Every one of his last 20 catches has produced a first down. That’s an amazing streak. The last time he had a catch that didn’t get a first down was in the third quarter of the Atlanta game — Oct. 27, before the bye — when he made a five-yard catch on first-and-10.

Looking further, Floyd has 54 catches this season, and 40 of them have produced first downs. That’s a conversion rate of 74.1 when Floyd snares a pass, which puts him among the league leaders. He is tied for 12th when it comes to players who have averaged two receptions a game, but climbs to a tie for fourth when talking about players with at least 50 receptions with Baltimore’s Torrey Smith for fourth in the league, behind the dominant Calvin Johnson (83.3 percent on his 72 receptions), San Diego’s Keenan Allen (77.6 on 58 catches) and Denver’s Demaryius Thomas (74.6 on 67 catches).

Obviously, Floyd’s routes often take him past the sticks, but not always. Floyd has learned a lot about getting to the line to gain on his route, and he is good at breaking tackles, which has served him well in this current 20-catch streak.

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8 Responses to “Floyd catch = First down”

  1. By grabling on Dec 3, 2013 | Reply

    Looking at the cards, 49’ers and panthers remaining schedule, if the cards don’t win the next four and the 49’ers lost al least two (seahawks, cards)… the cards are out of the playoffs. The panthers need to lost 3 of 4… I don’t think it will happen!

    So that was so important to win the eagles game!!!

  2. By nate on Dec 3, 2013 | Reply

    Darren. do you think Palmer hurt his arm/elbow a little on that strip sack in the 1st quarter? It looked like it hurt and perhaps it affected his arm on those under-thrown passes. I havent seen any injury reports

  3. By Darren Urban on Dec 3, 2013 | Reply

    Nate —

    RE: Palmer arm

    Nothing has been said. And no, I don’t think he hurt his arm.

  4. By infitzwetrust on Dec 3, 2013 | Reply

    I’m sure being under Larrys wings has helped Floyd a ton… I bet the jags wished they took him over that troublesome blackmon feller

  5. By louis on Dec 3, 2013 | Reply

    cards won/t win another game this year like i said 7 -9 dead last.

  6. By Bay Area Bad Boy on Dec 3, 2013 | Reply

    Impressive Stats for Floyd. It good to see him become a threat. That helps Fitz and Roberts and our TE’s. It also helps the running game. Now if we can just get this next win. Big game this week. We really need this one to stay in the hunt. You never know what will take place with the other playoff contenders. All we can do is focus on winning the next game. Go Cards !!!

  7. By georgiebird on Dec 3, 2013 | Reply

    If Ellington is shut down, Cards will struggle to win one of the remaining four games.
    With Ellington in good shape, Cards will win 2 of remaining four and go 9-7

  8. By shannon robinson on Dec 4, 2013 | Reply

    I really enjoyed watching the Philadelphia game. That was great NFL football. Beating the Eagles at home is tough as we all remember from Conference play when the Cards first came to Arizona. I think Coach Pratt almost got his game ball this last week!

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