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Coinciding with his big-play ability, Floyd’s athleticism will make life easier for whoever is Arizona’s starting quarterback.
He is a virtual clone of Fitzgerald, standing 6’3” and weighing 220 pounds. He’s a bit faster than No. 11 as well.
He’s a big, physical presence on the field who shields defenders from the football while it’s in the air. On crossing routes and slants he has the ability to make the tough catch and absorb contact—more often than not leading to broken tackles.
Floyd runs with the ball much like Fitz does—hard, always at full-speed, and at times he will initiate contact with a defender.
Arizona needs to be as athletic as possible at all skill positions, and Floyd is a better athlete than Roberts is.
That’s not to say Roberts is not a good athlete. He is, but his skill set is a better fit for the slot. Small, quick and tough are all good traits for a slot receiver to possess. The talent that most teams have to play the nickel corner position—that is, those who cover slot receivers—is such that Arizona would have a better matchup with Roberts lining up across from them.