The Arizona Cardinals‘ superstar wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is, hate to say, on the decline. Age might have finally caught up to one of the most talented players in all of football. He recorded less than 1,000 yards for just the fourth time in his career. However, the Cardinals may be alright in 2014 with Michael Floyd playing opposite of Fitzgerald.
Floyd was in a battle for the No. 2 receiver spot with Andre Roberts. Floyd clearly took over that spot by more than doubling Roberts’ yard and touchdown totals. Floyd, surprisingly, led all Cardinals in receiving yards, just passing Fitzgerald by 87 yards. With Roberts now with the Washington Redskins, the path is clear for Floyd to exceed expectations.
Floyd will also benefit from another year to build on the chemistry with quarterback Carson Palmer. With a pass-happy, offensive-minded head coach in Bruce Arians, Palmer should be able to beat his career-high in pass attempts (586 in 2010).
At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Floyd will be the Cardinals long-ball threat. Fitzgerald and Andre Ellington will work the short-to-mid field game, giving Floyd plenty of opportunities to run passed opposing coverage. The height also gives him the advantage of being Palmer’s target in the red zone.
Floyd finished the 2013 season as the 22nd-best fantasy wide receiver, even while dealing with ankle and shoulder injuries. The loss of Roberts will open up many doors for Floyd and could end up being the 2014 of Josh Gordon. Floyd should fall to the seventh or eighth round, but could finish as a top-15 receiver. He’ll have 83 receptions for 1,328 yards and nine touchdowns.