Michael Floyd landed with the Vikings this offseason, and could have a chance to carve out a starting role for them. He was waived by the Cardinals in December, but latched on with the Patriots, who won the Super Bowl. He also was arrested on drunk driving charges, which resulted in him being sentenced in February to 120 days in jail, including 24 days in county jail and 96 days of home detention. He also must complete 30 hours of community service and pay a $5,115.99 fine. Floyd only had 37 catches for 488 yards and five touchdowns between Arizona and New England and has struggled since he posted 66 catches for 1,054 yards and five touchdowns in his second year in 2013. He will have some stiff competition in Minnesota, between 2016 breakouts Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, as well as second-year receiver Laquon Treadwell, but Floyd is the most experienced player of the bunch, and could give them a much-needed deep threat. He should still go undrafted in the majority of leagues, but if he wins a starting job, we saw Sam Bradford could support multiple Fantasy-relevant receivers last season.
Floyd (suspension) had two receptions for 16 yards in Friday's preseason loss at Seattle. Floyd drew raves from head coach Mike Zimmer during training camp, but he hasn't been overly impressive during Minnesota's first two preseason games (four receptions for 36 yards). After logging a four-game suspension to start the regular season, Floyd will battle Laquon Treadwell and Jarius Wright for the third receiver role. It was thought Floyd had a clear lead after Zimmer's comments, but the first two preseason games are leaving some doubt.
Floyd has been impressive in training camp so far and may be playing his way into the team's plans for when he returns from a four-game suspension, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "[He's looked] pretty dang good," coach Mike Zimmer said. Floyd has been getting time as the third receiver with Laquon Treadwell missing time with a leg injury. Treadwell and other third-receiver candidates will only have four weeks in the regular season to show they belong to play over Floyd, otherwise they'll likely head to the bench. Floyd should see plenty of action in preseason games, so we'll get a better read on how he may fit into the offense.
Floyd has been suspended for the first four games of the upcoming campaign, ESPN's Field Yates reports. Floyd's punishment almost certainly stems from his 24-day stint in jail for pleading guilty to extreme DUI after being arrested back in December. Although his punishment comes as little surprise, Floyd missing the first quarter of the regular season still obviously hurts the Vikings' receiving options heading into the 2017 campaign. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen will lead the charge, but behind them, No. 3 wideout Laquon Treadwell -- who caught just one pass as a rookie -- is seemingly the best of the remaining targets. While Floyd will be free to participate in training camp and preseason games, he won't be able to make his true Vikings debut until their Monday night game in Week 5 against the Bears.
Vikings GM Rick Spielman said he expects Floyd to be with the team for the start of training camp. Released by the Cardinals in December after a DUI arrest, Floyd spent 24 days in an Arizona jail in February and was granted permission to finish out his house arrest in Minnesota after signing with his hometown team. His violation of the house arrest led to speculation he'd be released, but it seems the Vikings still plan on giving him a shot, even though his argument in the recent legal case -- blaming his significant kombucha consumption for positive alcohol tests -- seems flimsy at best. While he should be available at the start of training camp, Floyd may find himself merely competing for the No. 4 spot on the depth chart, as 2016 first-round selection Laquon Treadwell got most of the first-team work alongside Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen when the Vikings used three-wide sets during their offseason program. Given that he has no real history of contributing on special teams, Floyd may have to battle just to make the Week 1 roster.
Floyd was sentenced Monday to one day in jail and ordered to serve the final five days of his house-arrest sentence for violating the original terms of his punishment, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. Floyd, who began serving the 24-day jail sentence in February after pleading guilty to extreme DUI, was deemed to have violated his 96-day house-arrest sentence by testing positive for alcohol earlier this month. Although Floyd reportedly blamed the positive tests on a fermented tea containing trace amounts of alcohol, the 27-year-old was sent back to jail for a day-long stint. From there, Floyd will need to serve his final five days of house arrest before completing his punishment. Despite Floyd's tumultuous offseason, he's expected to battle for a top-four spot on the Vikings' depth chart at receiver during training camp, at which point his current legal troubles will be behind him.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||New Orleans Saints||28||24.75|
|3||09/24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||22.88|
|6||10/15||Green Bay Packers||32||29.11|
|11||11/19||Los Angeles Rams||31||25.25|
|16||12/24||@Green Bay Packers||32||29.11|
|3 Year Avg||88||45||726||6||35||16.13||108|