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.”