It got lost in the shuffle somewhat during the Cardinals’ win Sunday, but once again, wide receiver Michael Floyd had a very nice game. Included in it was the game-changing 31-yard catch Floyd made to convert a third down and spark the 98-yard touchdown drive that put the Cardinals in control. Floyd had the tough start this season coming off the hand injury of the preseason, but he’s a major component of the offense during this winning streak — even with his hamstring injury.
“It starts with a young man who has grown and matured the last couple of years,” General Manager Steve Keim said during his appearance Monday on the “Doug and Wolf Show” on Arizona Sports 98.7.
“He’s been excellent.”
Floyd’s contract option for 2016 was already picked up last summer. Keim said any extension would be discussed after the season — the pressing contracts are the guys who will be free agents. Floyd’s future once had some question marks in terms of being in Arizona. It’s hard to see the Cards not wanting to keep him.
Other Keim thoughts:
— The win over the Rams came across the whole 53-man roster, he said. “There’s a lot of credit to go around.”
— Keim was happy with the play of cornerback Justin Bethel, who signed a contract extension Saturday and was tested often Sunday, only to hold up. Bethel not only played all 50 defensive snaps, he also played a team-high 23 special teams snaps.
Keim said he told Bethel “not only does this contract reward you for you contribution on the past, but it acknowledges the expectations we have for you going forward.”
— The play of running back Kerwynn Williams isn’t unexpected. When the Cardinals reluctantly cut him at the end of the preseason, Keim said he was sure Williams was gone, soon to be claimed by another team. Then, even after Williams was available on the practice squad (twice, the Cards promoted him earlier this season and cut him again), no one grabbed him. Keim said he was “thankful” for that.
— No, it’s not great when rookie running back David Johnson fumbles. But Keim said it’s hard not to see Johnson’s “special qualities.” You want Johnson to improve, but the Cardinals may just find a way to live with it until Johnson does.
— Keim admitted watching live, he thought QB Carson Palmer was hit too much, but going back and watching the video, it is probably inevitable given the amount of pressure the Rams bring and the talent of the players who bring it. (Multiple Cardinals offensive linemen were shaking their head after the game at what a beast Rams DT Aaron Donald is and how hard it is to handle him.)
“As a GM, you hate to see quarterback get hit at all, but when you play the Rams, there are going to be some,” Keim said.
Tags: Carson Palmer, David Johnson, Justin Bethel, Kerwynn Williams, Michael Floyd, Steve Keim
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