Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd is ready to fly

Floyd can expect even louder ovations this autumn at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd “understood where he was supposed to be and when to be there” and “caught nearly everything thrown his way” during organized team activities and minicamp.

The 24-year-old Floyd, who flourished in Bruce Arians’ vertical passing offense, snagged 65 pigskins for 1,041 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore Cardinal.

Overall, since being taken out of Notre Dame with the 13th pick in 2012, the former Irishman has amassed 110 receptions for 1,603 yards and seven scores.

Establishing numerous school records in South Bend, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Floyd is a tough and physically imposing athlete who understands the game and thrives on third downs.

Floyd, who is blessed with tremendous hands and able to complete the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds, benefited from playing alongside Carson Palmer.

Despite facing the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers in the brutal NFC West, Arizona managed to finish 10-6 and jockey for a playoff spot.

Floyd supplanted Andre Roberts as an option on the depth chart and made it difficult for defenses to double-team the dynamic Larry Fitzgerald.

Accordingly, Floyd capitalized on one-on-one isolation routes downfield and became a brilliant playmaker in the Valley of the Sun.

With Fitzgerald graying and readying for a possession role, Michael Floyd will fly even higher as a Cardinal this autumn.

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