Cardinals bringing Michael Floyd along slowly

AP

Cardinals All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald said after April’s draft that he was excited to play across the field from No. 13 overall draft pick Michael Floyd. But Arizona’s wideout depth chart isn’t shaping up to make that especially likely.

Floyd ran with the backups in the Cardinals’ first two preseason games, and he remains behind Andre Roberts, in addition to slot receiver Early Doucet. Fitzgerald is now spinning Floyd’s relatively low depth-chart placement as a positive thing.

“Michael has a unique opportunity,” Fitzgerald told the Cardinals’ website. “He’s not going to be asked to carry the full load. He’ll have a nice complementary role until he gets comfortable in there and he can get featured more and more. He’s confident in his ability, and that’s what I really like about him.”

Floyd has two catches for 18 yards through two preseason games.

“Andre, who I’m behind, is a great wide receiver,” Floyd argued. “And Early. And Larry. It’s about developing. You can’t just come in here and start automatically, even if you are a first-round pick. You’ve got to make your way.”

10 responses to “Cardinals bringing Michael Floyd along slowly

  1. This is why the Cardinals will always be the Cardinals.

    While Pittsburgh, where Whisenhunt and Grimm supposedly learned something, drafted DeCastro, who the Cardinals could have used to help shore up a terrible offensive line (see 49ers two years ago in a similar spot), the Cardinals instead went for the shiny new toy when you already have that position pretty well covered.

    The Steelers find much better players than Floyd will ever be in later rounds, like Wallace and Antonio Brown, while the Cardinals have wasted another high pick, neglecting one of the worst offensive lines in football, a persisting constant since Whisenhunt and Grimm got to Glendale.

  2. Whisenhunt has historically not granted jobs to guys right out of the gates no matter where they were drafted. Floyd is no different. Whiz has been building an atmosphere of earning your spot which is a positive thing for this franchise.

  3. As a layman, I’d say that ability isn’t what Cardinals fans need to worry about with Floyd. It’s injuries. He’ll be very good if he stays healthy.

  4. “You can’t just come in here and start automatically, even if you are a first-round pick. You’ve got to make your way.”

    Tell that to Julio Jones in Atlanta…..

  5. What about Isaiah Williams he was the better reciever at maryland than heyword bey. Give this guy a chance if you watch the pre season games he is always open.

  6. Bringing a WR along slowly is pretty much your only option when you have terribad QBs throwing the ball.

  7. fumblenuts says:
    Aug 16, 2012 11:20 AM
    “You can’t just come in here and start automatically, even if you are a first-round pick. You’ve got to make your way.”

    Tell that to Julio Jones in Atlanta…..

    The Cardinals didn’t mortgage the next 5 years of their draft to get Floyd though….

  8. Yea, use your first round pick to reach at an o-lineman or trade down for more ‘potential’. That’s just what the Cardinals need.

  9. The Cardinals tried to do the “right” thing when they drafted Levi Brown over Adrian Peterson. I think the Cardinals have been reinforced since that draft that drafting talent over need is something they feel is in their better interest. Anyone who has seen Levi Brown play would be sure to agree.

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