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NFL Lines - Under Fitz's Wing

Posted by Elio Masi on 5/30/2012 2:51:15 PM

NFL Lines – Under Fitz’s Wing

With the thirteenth overall pick in the 2012 NFL lines Entry Draft, the Arizona Cardinals were very proud to select, from Notre Dame, wide receiver Michael Floyd. With the legendary Larry Fitzgerald being the poster boy for NFL lines receivers and Floyd being given the opportunity to learn from him, both of them will light up the scoreboard for years to come.

At 6’3” and 220 pounds, Floyd possesses the size, aggressiveness and game experience necessary to be a game changer in the NFL lines someday. Best known for being a deep threat, Floyd is also known for his blocking capabilities as well as his third-down playmaking. He’s very physical on the field and it sometimes tends to get him in trouble with the referees. However, he’s always one to watch when the game is on the line and a big catch is needed. Given Fitzgerald has been the Cardinals go to guy in third-down situations, it’ll definitely open things up knowing there’s another guy on the field who’s capable of making huge catches.

Michael Floyd has a great burst when coming off the line of scrimmage, an impressive quality given his immense frame. He is a great route runner and able to catch and run with the best in the NFL lines. Given his 220 pounds, Floyd is hard to knock off the ball and tough across the middle of the field.

Throughout his college years, Floyd’s struggled with consistency and has had many nagging injuries along the way, factors that have raised red flags for teams interested. However, given Larry Fitzgerald’s as a mentor, Michael Floyd should be able to put those consistency issues to rest. Learning from the best and most consistent receiver in the league should help his progression into the big leagues and allow him to be an impact player as soon as next season. He is sure to get some solid playing time in the 2012 season and will be able to make the most of it side-by-side Fitz.

Elio’s Edge
Let’s face it: the Cardinals have relied heavily on Larry Fitzgerald ever since he’s been on the team. Both Kevin Kolb and John Skelton went to Fitzgerald a little too often last season, just like every Arizona quarterback before them. Who could blame them? 80 receptions, 1,411 yards and 8 touchdown runs. Although those seem like outstanding numbers for any receiver in the NFL lines, it’s just been another regular year for the six-time Pro Bowl participant. However, you can only go to the same guy so often before teams start putting him under double coverage in third-down situations.

Here’s where Floyd comes in. Michael Floyd has proven to be exceptional at times throughout his college career and might be able to string together some consistency given the proper trainer. If Fitzgerald takes him under his wing and works with him, the duo will be able to tear up the NFL lines as soon as next season. Should be an interesting year for the Cardinals, who disappointed last season with a .500 record. Can’t wait to see these two in action.


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