Friday, September 18, 2015, 6:37pm
Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (hand, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 2. Floyd should be able to suit up, but he only played nine snaps in Week 1 (5th amongst Arizona receivers).
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 6:09pm
Friday, September 11, 2015, 6:21pm
Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (hand, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 1. Floyd is a game-time decision, though even if he does play he’s not a great start coming off of a long layoff. The matchup (vs. New Orleans) is nice. The Cardinals play late, which doesn’t help. If Floyd sits, Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown both get a bump, but Javon Brown (or possibly J.J. Nelson) will see the biggest increase in usage.
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:19pm
Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (hand) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Floyd can be penciled in, though even if he does play he’s not a great start coming off of a long layoff. The matchup (vs. New Orleans) is nice.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 7:15pm
Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (hand) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Floyd can be penciled in, though he’s not a great start coming off of a long layoff. The matchup (vs. New Orleans) is nice.
That will change Wednesday.
Floyd will practice “a little bit” on Wednesday, coach Bruce Arians said, more than a month since Floyd fractured three fingers during training camp on Aug. 5. The fourth-year receiver has caught soft passes over the last few weeks, mainly from team trainers but also a few from quarterback Carson Palmer before Tuesday’s practice.
However, Floyd hasn’t attempted to catch a pass at full velocity.
Floyd said right now it's all mental. The story added it’s not the physical act of catching a football that has Floyd concerned. It’s protecting his left hand, both during a play and while he’s being tackled. Floyd said he’ll be wearing some sort of brace designed by the Cardinals’ training staff, but didn’t know more about it.
It appears Cardinals WR Michael Floyd is on the right track, as he was on the sideline catching "soft passes" before Tuesday's practice, according to Kent Somers. Floyd dislocated three fingers during the first week of training camp and later underwent surgery.
It was a sign of progress, but coach Bruce Arians said there is still not an estimate on when Floyd will return.
"He’s doing extremely well, so no, I don’t think there is an exact timetable," Arians said. "I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s ready (for Week 1), knowing Michael."
The Cardinals open the regular season Sept. 13 at home against New Orleans.
Floyd’s stitches were removed on Aug. 18, almost two weeks after he had surgery to repair three dislocated fingers in his left hand. Floyd has been working on his conditioning with assistant strength and conditioning coach Roger Kingdom before and after practices.
Saturday, August 15, 2015, 4:45pm
One by one, Carson Palmer's passes landed softly in the hands of their intended targets.
Larry Fitzgerald. Michael Floyd. John Brown. Jaron Brown. One by one, Palmer hit them in stride, throwing his passes so perfectly that the receivers didn’t have to adjust a muscle to come down with the football.
Through the first two weeks of training camp, Palmer has defied expectations that accompany a 35-year-old who’s coming off a second major knee surgery and a rehabbed nerve that damaged his throwing shoulder. The proof came in a 65-yard bomb to John Brown that was perfect.
Palmer is definitely one of our sneaky, late round QB picks who could put up good enough fantasy numbers to at least make owners consider starting him a lot of weeks this year. Taking Palmer late will allow owners to load up at other positions.
It wasn’t pain but shock that Michael Floyd felt when he first removed his glove after dislocating three fingers in practice last week.
“Things not in the right place,” was how Floyd described it Tuesday. “Things going left and right.”
The wide receiver drew laughs with that, and also how his teammates had a hard time handling the photo he texted to them pre-surgery. “They basically all said, ‘Gnarly,’ ” Floyd noted.
But he’s back around the team now, his left hand casted up, while he sits through a waiting game of his return. Like coach Bruce Arians, Floyd declined to give a timetable, saying only he’d take it “day by day” and listen to whatever instructions the doctors and trainers would deliver.
“I hope no games (missed),” Floyd said, “but we’ll see how I feel.”
For now, Floyd cannot even work on his conditioning. Both Monday and Tuesday, Floyd stood on the practice field, watching his fellow receivers whether it was in individual drills or later during team work. Floyd said he was hopeful he won’t have to wear any kind of brace or splint on his hand in order to play, but didn’t know for sure what his journey back to the field will entail. All he’s doing now is squeezing a Styrofoam ball in the initial stages of his rehab.
Initial reports estimated Michael Floyd would be out three-to-five weeks, but Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Friday, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN, that Floyd’s injury was a “unique” one. As a result, there’s no timetable right now for his return and that leaves his status for the opening weeks of the season in some doubt.
Arians said that Floyd was injured when his fingers bent back while landing on a ball, something that the coach hasn’t seen in his 40 years in the game. Floyd had surgery to repair the injured fingers on Wednesday.
The new timeline means that Floyd should be ready to go for Week 1.
Saturday, August 1, 2015, 12:23pm
WR Michael Floyd played in all 16 regular-season games for the second straight year in 2014.
The Arizona Cardinals wide receiver started the season strong, with two 100-yard games in the first three, but ended it on a low note. Then a week after catching two touchdowns and totaling 153 receiving yards on eight grabs in the regular-season finale against San Francisco, Floyd’s only catch went for 9 yards in a playoff loss at Carolina.
"Mike started to have a breakout year last year," Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. "I mean a big one. Just be consistent and make the plays that he is capable of making, and he should be a big-time player. He needs to be a big-time player in big games. Those 50-50 balls, start coming down with them."
“Expectations for me are always high,” said Floyd, the 2012 13th overall draft pick said. “It’s getting in and out of breaks faster. Watching tape, too ... and just getting better at reading coverages.”
Floyd’s catches and yards were down overall from 2013 to '14, as he had 18 fewer catches (65 to 47) and 200 fewer yards (1,041 to 841). Floyd has confidence the Cardinals can succeed against the defensive secondaries of division rivals Seattle and St. Louis, the better two in the NFC West. Floyd also went through changes at QB and everyone seemed to suffer after Carson Palmer went down. A healthy Palmer this season could be just what Floyd needs for a bust-out season. Floyd is just 40th on our list making him a low-end WR3 in 12 team leagues, but with an ADP of the middle rounds he could end up being a solid pick as long as Palmer stays healthy.
It is not just the Cardinals and their fans who are expecting WR John Brown to be a difference maker in the Cardinals offense. NFL.com writer Chris Wesseling ranked Brown sixth in his list of players he believes will "make the leap" this season and start to become a household name around the NFL.
"It's rare to come across an offseason hype bunny who meets expectations as a rookie. It's even more rare to find an NFL draft sleeper in the height of the Twitter era. A hidden gem from small-school Pittsburg State, the third-round pick immediately impressed the Cardinals with his high-end speed, uncanny instincts and unexpected understanding of route concepts.
The article went on to say Wesseling thinks Brown needs to work on his strength, but he believes it's not out of the question Brown could pass teammate Michael Floyd this year. Right now we have Brown ranked 45th on our WR list with an ADP of the 9th round. Interestingly, we have the Cardinal WRs all going around the same time in 12-team formats: Brown 9.07, Floyd 8.04 and Larry Fitzgerald 8.11. However it's Fitzgerald who we have rated the highest at 24th (Floyd's ranked 39th on our list). Fitz could end up being the best value among the three as other WRs ranked around Fitzgerald are all going as many as three rounds earlier. A healthy QB Carson Palmer is the key to how successful the Arizona passing game is this season, and of course all three of these guys will help boost Palmer's value.
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald still looks as strong and fit as ever, but the chemistry building between Carson Palmer and second year wide receiver John Brown was on full display, especially on deep routes.
"I expect huge things from you this year. There is something different about him," Palmer told me after practice.
Word around the Cardinals building is that his Brown is stronger, in better shape and people are taking notice of his work ethic. (Wide receiver Michael Floyd sat out with a tweaked hamstring) Carson and Brown will continue working together after this week's minicamp ends. Brown will work out in San Diego with Palmer.
Brown finished as the #49 WR in standard formats and #53 in PPR. He saw a hefty 103 targets as a rookie, and with Larry Fitzgerald back and Michael Floyd still in the mix, it's doubtful that Brown's usage will increase too much. If Carson Palmer is healthy, however, the whole passing offense could take a step forward, and that would push Brown into fantasy-starter territory.
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