Michael Floyd Fantasy News
Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 12:27pm
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerlad wears gloves — post practice.
Usually, in practice, he just tapes up his thumbs.
“Every day after practice I put gloves on — they are these really tight, stiff mitts, and they make you work extremely hard to close and open your hands,” Fitz says. “It strengthens my hands, especially the thumbs — your thumbs are really what control your grip.”
“I’m obsessed with my craft,” he said. “I just want to squeeze every single drop out of the lemon that I possibly can. I don’t want to have any regrets, and to this point I can sleep at night.”
Fitz's days as a top-five fantasy WR may be behind him, but he's shaping up to be a solid WR2. We have him ranked 14th and he has an ADP of the fourth round. With WR Michael Floyd on the other side, and the electric Andre Ellington at RB, there is plenty of talent surrounding Fitzgerald, but that could end up being a good thing.
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Cardinals 'very high' on 'special' WR John Brown
Thursday, June 26, 2014, 10:11am
Cardinals intend to use Ted Ginn as WR3
Monday, June 16, 2014, 5:59pm
"He doesn't have that much experience as a wide out, surprisingly," HC Bruce Arians said. "I have no idea why."
Well, that's about to change. With the Cardinals, Ginn will be primarily used as their third receiver, filling the void left by Andre Roberts, who signed with Washington during free agency. Ginn will still be charged with returning kicks and some punts, but his main duties will be alongside Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.
"Anytime you can hit a home run in one play, it's easy," Arians said. "The threat of those guys being out there is that every play you can hit one. What they do to the defense to open up everybody else, you don't have to throw it long. You hit a fast guy going across the field, it's easier for him to turn it up and go to the distance."
Arians has been pleased with Ginn's route running and catching ability, which has led to more confidence for Ginn. He'll need it as he embarks on a season as primarily a receiver. He'll still have special teams' duties and QB Carson Palmer hopes Ginn will be able to give the offense shorter fields to work with.
Friday, June 13, 2014, 5:50pm
Last year you could hear it in Cardinals QB Carson Palmer’s voice especially, a pump-the-brakes feel when he talked about Bruce Arians’ scheme and the team grasping its responsibilities. Perhaps more than any other player in the locker room, Palmer isn’t willing to dress up a situation just to do it. He won’t start harshly criticizing anything, but you can hear the reticence. That concern was gone this offseason. Palmer isn’t declaring the Cardinals an offensive juggernaut. But there is a comfort level in what Arians does and the people he has doing it.
Palmer was the #22 QB through eight weeks, but was #6 from Week 10 to Week 17, after the team’s Week 9 bye. His receiving corps is pretty solid with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, who had a breakout season in his second year. While it's good to hear that he's more comfortable in the offense, it’s hard to get too excited about Palmer as anything more than a committee type given the fact that one-quarter of his schedule consists of matchups against the Seahawks and 49ers.
Beat: Cardinals WR Michael Floyd has 'flourished'
Thursday, June 12, 2014, 5:35pm
Cardinals WR Michael Floyd has flourished. In his third offseason, Floyd established himself as better than he's been throughout his career -- and that's after coming off a career season. HC Bruce Arians singled him out Thursday, as he has all offseason, for having a great month of practice.
Michael Floyd broke out in his second season with a 66 catches for 1,054 yards and five TDs, gaining at least 90 yards and/or finding the endzone in seven of his last 11 games. He should continue to progress as he enters his third year in the league.
Cardinals much more comfortable in Bruce Arians' offense
Monday, May 26, 2014, 1:14pm
After a rough 2013, the Cardinals feel much better about the offense heading into the summer of 2014:
"We're working so much more efficiently," receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. "We're finishing (practice) periods with two, three minutes left. We're not having to restart, regroup and do over. It's very encouraging."
HC Bruce Arians is convinced his offense has turned a corner, not just put its blinker on.
"Where we're at this point is like light-years from last year," he said last week after the team's first full-squad workout of the off-season. "They are getting on the same page. Every play, they come back and there is good dialogue — 'Why did you break out? Why did you break in?' "
"We've got a ton of work to do," QB Carson Palmer said, "but it just feels so good to be confident and be comfortable and know the guys around you know that you know what you're doing.
"There's not a shadow of a doubt on certain plays where there was in the past, like there are in new systems and new offenses. Just a great start and a long way to go."
If the offensive line can come together, this bodes well for Palmer, Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, who has stood out in offseason activities. Palmer finished as the #17 QB in 2013 and is a QBBC/streaming candidate heading into 2014.
Carson Palmer has 'high expectations' for Michael Floyd
Thursday, May 22, 2014, 10:41pm
The Cardinals had put on helmets for the first time in the offseason, played offense vs. defense for the first time. And quarterback Carson Palmer, unprompted, made sure to point out his up-and-coming wide receiver.
“The way Mike Floyd is playing,” Palmer said, “just jumped out at me.”
“This is my third year,” Floyd said. “You just have to prepare differently.”
Palmer is buying in. He praised Floyd’s concentration in traffic, his ability to beat Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson on a fly pattern and the way Floyd has worked on his flexibility under new strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris.
Now, Palmer said, Floyd is more fluid. He runs effortlessly, catches the ball effortlessly.
“I have very high expectations for Mike this year,” Palmer said.
Michael Floyd broke out in his second season (#23 WR) with a 66 catches for 1,054 yards and five TDs, gaining at least 90 yards and/or finding the endzone in seven of his last 11 games. He should continue to progress as he enters his third year in the league.
Michael Floyd 'caught everything' in OTAs
Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 6:20pm
Entering his third season, Floyd has the potential to surpass Larry Fitzgerald as the team's top fantasy receiver.
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 10:50am
Cardinals OC Harold Goodwin says that the Ted Ginn signing is going to help Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd: "Ted Ginn, speed. Great addition, and it's going to help the overall passing game a lot from a play-action standpoint and a drop-back standpoint. It's going to help Larry (Fitzgerald) and Michael (Floyd)."
Redskins, Andre Roberts agree to terms
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 11:55am
This looks like a good signing by the Redskins, who have struggled to find a consistent option opposite Pierre Garcon. Roberts lost playing time in 2013 to an emerging Michael Floyd, but was the #39 WR in standard (and #34 in PPR) in 2012 while playing starter's snaps. New HC Jay Gruden has a history of airing it out, so the entire Washington passing game should get a boost. Another top 40 season is possible for the 26 year-old Roberts, assuming he starts.
Arians: Michael Floyd is 'starting to reach his potential'
Monday, February 24, 2014, 12:03pm
Cardinals WR Michael Floyd is coming off his first 1,000-yard season. But it wasn’t the yards or catches that impressed Arians the most, it was the injuries Floyd played through – most notably the shoulder problem that the wideout had when he went off for a career-high 193 yards in Jacksonville.
“I think Michael is starting to reach his potential,” Arians said. “He still needs to be more consistent each week. He played through injuries for the first time which is a huge step for a young player to play through injuries. A lot of times they just sit themselves down. He wanted to win, he wanted to help us win. I thought he made great strides. This year, can he do it again?”
Floyd broke out in his second season with a 66 catches for 1,054 yards and five TDs, gaining at least 90 yards and/or finding the endzone in seven of his last 11 games. He should continue to progress as he enters his third year in the league.
Monday, December 16, 2013, 10:17am
The Cards are banged up heading into a game with Seattle in Week 16. Larry Fitzgerald suffered a concussion, Michael Floyd was questionable leading up to Week 15 and now RB Andre Ellington has a hip injury that he says is fine. Palmer will be a risky play as anything other than an average QB2 this week in a tough matchup.
Michael Floyd active for Cardinals
Sunday, December 15, 2013, 3:00pm