Michael Floyd of the Arizona Cardinals suffered through a carousal of quarterbacks last season. Next time you think that your team has problems, ask a Cardinals fan about Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer.
When your best quarterback is either Kevin Kolb or John Skelton, it is no surprise when the offense—both in real life and in fantasy—suffers. Those four quarterbacks combined for 11 touchdowns and 23 interceptions, two interceptions for every touchdown.
Consider that an average QB (Andy Dalton or Josh Freeman for example) usually average a little under two touchdowns for every interceptions. If the Cardinals get even average QB play from Carson Palmer, Floyd will have plenty of upside this season.
When news leaked of Palmer’s trade, immediately the stock of everyone on the Arizona offense shot up.
Last season, Palmer threw for over 4000 yards, 22 TDs and 14 INTs. This is throwing to the likes of Darrius Hayward-Bey, Denarius Moore, and Rod Streater.
Palmer now gets to play with weapons he hasn’t seen since Chad Johnson was named Chad Johnson!
In today’s NFL, quarterback play is essential to success. Stabilizing the QB position will allow the Cardinals to have a fighting chance in every game.
Another bonus is that the NFC West is shaping up to be a very difficult division. Hopefully, the Cardinals will be behind in a ton of games and will be forced to throw the ball even more in an effort to catch up.
However, you must take into account the new head coach, Bruce Arians, and his passing philosophy. Look at what the Indianapolis Colts did last year.
The Colts had an 11-5 season based on stretching the field with a vertical passing attack and a high volume passing assault.
As a receiver with a 4.4 40 time, Floyd will be counted on to contribute not just in the short and intermediate game, but with the deep ball as well.
Arians rejuvenated Reggie Wayne’s career and helped T.Y. Hilton post a breakout rookie campaign. There’s no reason to think he can’t do the same for Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald.
Michael Floyd is rated the 44th receiver and 110th overall according to ESPN rankings. I believe that he is underated and should be around the 35th best receiver and 90th overall.
To compare, I would rather have Floyd than Kenny Britt, Josh Gordon, or Emmanuel Sanders who are all rated ahead of him. Floyd had 45 catches for 562 yards and one TD last year.
With Carson Palmer throwing the ball and Bruce Arians calling the shots, I predict that Floyd will end up with 65 catches but for 850 yards and seven TDs.
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