Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd made five receptions (on seven targets) for 59 yards during Sunday's defeat to the St. Louis Rams .
Floyd translated a season-high 70 percent of the offensive snaps -- 52 of 74, according to Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix -- into his most stat-laden line of the current campaign.
The delay in any outburst to date has been the result of dislocated fingers suffered on Aug. 5, which wiped out the entire preseason slate. However, he was able to take the field in Week 1, building up his snap count in the meantime (15 percent in Week 1, 66 percent in Week 2, and 41 percent last Sunday).
His Week 4 performance could be a sign of things to come, but Larry Fitzgerald (37 targets), John Brown (27), and rookie running back David Johnson (17) have so far outpaced Floyd (14) in the target department.
After missing most of training camp and the entire preseason due to dislocated fingers, Floyd has yet to play a consistent role in the offense through three games.
In the season opener, he rarely took the field -- 15 percent of the Cardinals' offense snaps -- which bumped to 66 percent last Sunday. According to Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix, Floyd fell back 41 percent (31 of 76) in Week 3, but his targets surpassed one for the first time in the current campaign.
Floyd may take a bit more time to acclimate. However, Larry Fitzgerald's fast start to the season (23 catches for 333 yards and five touchdowns) will likely impact opposing game plans as the season proceeds, providing additional opportunities for the likes of Floyd and John Brown.
After building up his conditioning over the first two weeks of the season, Floyd has avoided the injury report for the first time, alluding to the relative health of his previously dislocated fingers.
He followed up a muted showing in the opener (15 percent of the Cardinals' offensive snaps) with 39 of 59 such snaps in Week 2, but he failed to notch his second catch of 2015 on only one target. So far, Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown have headed the wide receiver corps, but Floyd will attempt to make his presence felt Sunday against the 49ers.
With full practices under his belt all week, Floyd is poised for a considerable uptick in his share of the offensive snaps, of which he handled just 14.5 percent (nine of 62) in the season opener.
He could challenge Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown for reps at wideout, but the Cardinals' relative receiving depth may be a hindrance to Floyd's output. Floyd caught just one pass for 18 yards in the season opener.
Although his Week 2 availability was never in doubt, Floyd does still carry some uncertainty regarding his role in the Arizona offense, after playing just nine of 62 offensive snaps in the regular-season opener. He'll presumably get more playing time in Sunday's favorable matchup with the Bears, but John Brown may still get most of the snaps in two-wide formations.
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