Sunday, November 17, 2013
Floyd breaks out with career day
By Josh Weinfuss
If you believe everything you see on TV, then Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd showed up at practice Wednesday in sneakers.
Arizona coach Bruce Arians looked at Floyd and asked if he was ready to be inactive Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. A few minutes later, Floyd, who left last weekend's game with a sprained A/C joint in his right shoulder, had his cleats on and was practicing.
It's a good thing he decided to play. Floyd had a career-high 193 yards on six catches in Arizona's 27-14 win against the Jaguars.
"It comes in practice," Arians said. "We had a discussion on what is done in practice becomes his part. That's just the way it has to be for one player. Quarterbacks have to see the guys he is throwing to on Thursday, the ones he is throwing to on Sunday. This week, he probably had his best practice all season."
After an early reception, Floyd missed three straight opportunities from quarterback Carson Palmer. But Palmer wasn't concerned and didn't look past Floyd during his progressions.
"I just told him, ‘I'm coming right back at you and I expect you to make it,'" Palmer said.
Midway through the third quarter, Palmer hit Floyd from the 9-yard line. The second-year receiver came from the right, shed three Jags defenders and took off.
With an army of blockers at his side, Floyd scored a 91-yard touchdown. It was a career long for Floyd and Palmer.
"It was the coverage that we wanted," Floyd said. "The safety bit down on the play action and Carson made a heck of a throw. I made a couple of guys miss and we scored a touchdown. You give me a little bit of space and I just try to break the tackles. With my big frame, I should be able to make catches that not all guys can. I expect a lot out of me."
It's not just Floyd who expects a lot out of himself. Arians and Palmer do, too.
Palmer has watched Floyd develop throughout the season, through practice and the time he puts in on the field. He knew it was a matter of time before Floyd would break out.
It was supposed to happen last week, Arians said, because Houston played a lot of single coverage, but Floyd's injury curtailed that. Floyd came out Thursday and Friday ready to work and get back on the field Sunday.
"I am very happy for him that it showed up in this game," Arians said.