Michael Floyd's short foray into unemployment has ended.
The maligned former first-round pick is signing with the Minnesota Vikings after a quiet free agency, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the situation. Floyd, 27, most recently played with the New England Patriots. He was dismissed from the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 14 -- two days after he was arrested on drunken driving charges in Scottsdale, Arizona.
At one point, Floyd was a 24-year-old receiver with good size (6'3") and speed (4.47 40-yard dash) who was coming off of a 65-catch, 1,041-yard sophomore season with the Cardinals. Since then, his targets dropped for four consecutive seasons and the Cardinals ultimately cut him. He'll get a fresh start in Minnesota, though he'll have to compete with another first round pick (Laquon Treadwell) for playing time.
Sunday, February 5, 2017, 4:48pm
Friday, January 20, 2017, 6:32pm
Patriots WR Chris Hogan (thigh, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 20. Hogan had a “solid limp” in the locker room on Friday per SI’s Greg Bedard, so he may be limited or sidelined this week. If he’s out, Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Michael Floyd will try to pick up the slack. Malcolm Mitchell (knee, questionable) and Danny Amendola (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and are questionable for Week 20.
Friday, January 13, 2017, 8:14pm
Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 19. Mitchell is iffy, so he’s a risky play without watching the inactives. Michael Floyd is likely to get the start if Mitchell is out. Danny Amendola is back, so the New England receiving corps is suddenly crowded.
Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm
Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 17. If Mitchell is out, Chris Hogan and Michael Floyd will likely pick up the slack. We have more confidence in Hogan since he’s been in the system much longer.
One of the big things Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim is going to have to deal with this offseason is the receivers room. It could be in major flux. Michael Floyd is already gone, Larry Fitzgerald could retire, and John Brown is still trying to fully handle his sickle-cell issues.
When it comes it Fitz, “he still loves the game and still plays at a high level,” Keim said. “There’s no doubt in my mind he should play next year.”
Of course, Keim added, that will be up to Fitz.
J.J. Nelson was fantastic in Seattle with 132 yards on three catches, including two giant plays that boosted the win. As far as him as a potential No. 2 receiver, “I’m not sure what his ceiling is, I just know he is a big-play guy.”
As for Brown, Keim acknowledged it is “always a concern when you can’t put a finger on exactly what is happening” when it comes to Brown’s health. But he said Brown will see specialists as soon as the offseason ends so that he and the Cardinals can find the proper way for both Brown to be healthy and for him to find again what was making him special on the field.
The author and Keim both seem to be unsure about how Nelson will factor into the offense next year. The author doesn't think Nelson is a high-volume kind of a WR, and will be more of a big-play threat than anything. As for Brown, it seems like the team is counting on him to bounce back as well as Fitz to at least play another year.
Since claiming wide receiver Michael Floyd on waivers last Thursday, the New England Patriots have spent considerable time getting him up to speed. That included having him practice last Friday and then taking the weekend trip with the team to Denver.
Floyd, it seems, has made a positive first impression.
"He’s done a nice job, he has a great attitude, so we look forward to getting out there in practice and really being able to get acclimated to one another," offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Monday. "I like his attitude and his approach. He was into it and excited to be here, and we’re excited to have him."
As we said in our fantasy spin when the team signed Floyd: From a 2016 fantasy standpoint, owners shouldn't expect much from Floyd in the regular season. It's going to take some time to learn the offense and gain Tom Brady's trust, and it's not like the Patriots are desperate for receiver talent with both Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell playing well.
Sunday, December 18, 2016, 3:03pm
Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm
Cardinals WR J.J. Nelson (knee) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Nelson was removed from the injury report, so he will be fine to face the Saints. He’s a Sneaky Start with John Brown hobbled and Michael Floyd released after his DUI.
Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:16pm
Cardinals WR J.J. Nelson (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Nelson should be fine to face the Saints. He’s a Sneaky Start with John Brown hobbled and Michael Floyd released after his DUI.
Floyd was released this week by Arizona following his Monday arrest on DUI charges. The 27-year-old pass catcher was previously arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence.
Landing in New England, Floyd -- set to become a free agent this offseason -- will look to rescue a troubled 2016 campaign that has seen him post personal lows in catches (33) and yards (446) with a career-high in drops.
From a 2016 fantasy standpoint, owners shouldn't expect much from Floyd in the regular season. It's going to take some time to learn the offense and gain Tom Brady's trust, and it's not like the Patriots are desperate for receiver talent with both Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell playing well.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:07pm
Floyd, who was scheduled to be a free agent after the season, struggled mightily on the field all season and then was arrested on a DUI charge early Monday morning after the team had returned from a road game in Miami.
It's a surprising move, but given his status as a pending free agent and struggles on the field, it's not entirely shocking. He'll definitely get a fresh start elsewhere given his age (27), first round pedigree, and the potential and production he displayed from 2013 to 2015 (averaging 55 catches for 910 yards and 5.7 touchdowns per season). J.J. Nelson should see starter-type snaps with Floyd out of the way and John Brown still limited with his sickle-cell trait.
The Scottsdale Police Department said, via ArizonaSports.com, that Floyd was arrested at 2:48 a.m. on Monday after being found asleep behind the wheel of his running car at an intersection in the Arizona city. Floyd was charged with two counts of DUI and one count of obstructing a roadway and failure to obey a police officer before being released later on Monday morning.
It’s not the first time Floyd has run into legal trouble because of driving under the influence. He was briefly suspended while at Notre Dame in 2011 after being stopped for running a stop sign and then arrested when police determined he had a blood alcohol content of twice the legal limit. His suspension from the team did not include missing any games. Floyd is set to be a free agent after this season.
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