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.