Michael Floyd catches a pass at Fan Fest 2012.
Arizona drafted Michael Floyd at No. 13 overall with the intention of him contributing to the offense sooner rather than later.
But according to Paola Boivin of AZCentral.com, Floyd could potentially enter his rookie season as the No. 3 or No. 4 receiver.
This could all be smoke and mirrors to get the young man to work as hard as he possibly can; however, Coach Whisenhunt has been known to be apprehensive about starting rookies too early in fear that they are not ready for NFL life.
Andre Roberts and Early Doucet both produced career-high numbers in 2011, but both also looked bad at times. Partly because the quarterbacks failed them, perhaps. But it could also have been a lack of protection around them.
Floyd is a true starter. He has the physical stature, athletic ability and work ethic every coach wants from a receiver.
Learning from his long-time friend, Larry Fitzgerald, will also play a large role in Floyd’s early years. Fitzgerald told Boivin he likes what he has seen from the 22-year-old rookie.
“He is a hard worker, smart. He is retaining info very well,” he said. “He is eager to improve and is coachable, everything you can ask for in a rookie. We have some very good coaches here that will help him be ready mentally. He will be just fine.”
Whether Floyd is mentally prepared or not, he needs to be the No. 2 receiver as soon as possible. The way he plays the game is perfect for the Cardinals offense, and he will help take coverage away from Fitzgerald while also freeing Roberts from having the second-best cornerback on opposing defenses shadowing him.
The mismatches Roberts will have make Floyd as the No. 2 an even better choice right away.