Updated May 23, 2012 - 3:30 pm
Floyd and Fitzgerald are already in sync for Cardinals
"He's taken care of, from what I hear," was all the Pro Bowler would say about how he may be helping Floyd off the field, but things are certainly different on it.
Floyd, you may recall, is the guy Fitzgerald wanted the Cardinals to draft, even with the team having possibly greater needs at other positions.
"I remember 1998, when I was a ballboy for the Vikings and they had Jake Reed, who's a 1,000-yard receiver, and they had Cris Carter and Robert Smith, guys who are Pro Bowlers," Fitz continued. "And they drafted Randy Moss, and he was the difference the league had never seen before.
"You get a talented player on the offensive side of the ball that can produce, like he was able to do for four years at Notre Dame, it's going to be a tremendous asset for our ballclub."
There you go, Floyd. You're supposed to be Arizona's Randy Moss. He caught 69 passes for 1,313 yards and 17 touchdowns as a rookie, so at least you know where the expectations are.
Yeah, about that…
Fitzgerald said the hope is Floyd picks things up quickly and can help the team right out of the gate, with minimal growing pains usually associated with rookies. That's where Fitz comes in.
"He gives me tips and advice on anything," Floyd said of his mentor. "When I'm on the field, that's what he gives me. When I make a mistake he's there to tell me and show me how to correct it."
Floyd said Fitzgerald is not the only veteran who has helped him out, and that having experienced players around has been very beneficial. After all, the last time he was on the field the only players around were fellow rookies, so there was not a lot of, umm, wisdom to be shared.
"They see it totally different," he said of the veterans.
The Cardinals took Floyd at No. 13 overall because they think he can provide a boost to an offense that has had its struggles of late and, while receivers rarely have big years as rookies, he will be expected to contribute in his first season but making plays and taking some pressure off Fitzgerald.
Which, it turns out, he did when questioned about his current living arrangement.
"All rookies stay in a hotel, that's what we do," he said with a smile, before being asked about the pool at the Fitzgerald abode, which he said is nice. "I've seen it on the internet, and he invited me over for a barbecue once.
"It's pretty nice."
Nice job, rook.
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