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Arizona Cardinals Spotlight: WR Michael Floyd

November 20th, 2013 at 5:18 AM
By Steve Smith

'San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals, September 13, 2009' photo (c) 2009, Michael Wifall - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
He's big, fast and very talented.

He's also one of the best young wide receivers in the NFL. He's Arizona's Michael Floyd, a second-year player who had his breakout game last Sunday with 193 yards receiving on six receptions against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Included in that effort was a 91-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Carson Palmer, the longest pass play in the NFL this season. The Notre Dame product is a fine compliment to seven-time Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald but know he is starting to show the talent the Cardinals projected him to have when they drafted him in the first round last year.

“He’s been so close so many times,” head coach Bruce Arians said via azcardinals.com. “I am very happy for him that he showed up in this game.”

He sure did. The 91-yard scoring reception tied for the seventh-longest in Cardinals history. It was the longest since Neil Lomax connected with Ernie Jones for 93 yards in 1988.

“It was the coverage that we wanted,” Floyd explained. “The safety bit down on the play-action and Carson (Palmer) made a heck of a throw and I made a couple of guys miss.”

Palmer threw for a season-high 419 yards on Sunday and also tossed a scoring strike to Fitzgerald as well. It's was Fitzgerald's sixth TD catch of the season. Opposing teams have to be aware that the Fitzgerald-Floyd duo is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous tandems in the league.

Floyd has 42 receptions for 657 yards and three touchdowns so far this season and Palmer has become quite impressed with his young star.

"He’s really developing,” Palmer said. “It’s really good to see because I know he wants it. He works hard at it. He studies hard. He’s very mature for his age, and to see him come out with a breakout game like that is huge.”

Is it ever.

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians, Football, Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, NFL

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