Arrow pointing up for Arizona Cardinals’ Michael Floyd

Jul 29, 2013, 6:54 PM | Updated: 6:54 pm

Michael Floyd entered the NFL with some fairly high expectations.

Selected by the Arizona Cardinals 13th overall in 2012, the former Notre Dame star caught just 45 passes for 562 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie.

His numbers were certainly disappointing, but Floyd did pick things up down the stretch and, well, the quarterbacks attempting to throw him the ball were not exactly of a high caliber.

Quarterback play is not something Floyd can control, but he can — and has — worked to improve his own game.

“I’m a lot more comfortable out there,” Floyd said. “My head is on straight this year.”

Floyd said his knowledge of the game and the playbook has grown, which allows the game to come easier to him now.

“Getting in and out of your breaks fast because you know those [defensive backs] are quick to react to certain movements,” Floyd said of what he’s worked on the most. “Just making sure I keep my pad level down and getting in and out of breaks.”

And speaking of breaks, Floyd and the Cardinals may have received one with quarterback Carson Palmer.

The veteran passed for 4,018 yards and 22 touchdowns with the Raiders last season and is slated to be the Cardinals’ fourth different Week 1 starter in four seasons. However, unlike Derek Anderson, Kevin Kolb and John Skelton, Palmer has a reasonable amount of success under his belt.

“The experience is great,” Floyd said of his new quarterback. “And also his leadership on the field and off the field is really good for me.”

The hope is the combination will be really good for the Cardinals, too.

Arizona Cardinals

Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Paris Johnson Jr. (77) protects his quarterback during the fi...
Sam Graveline

Cardinals take OT Paris Johnson Jr. in ESPN 2023 NFL mock draft

ESPN's Matt Miller thinks the Cardinals will beef up the offensive line in his first 2023 mock by selecting Ohio State OT Paris Johnson Jr.
13 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, right, and Byron Murphy Jr. (7) celebrate after an NFL foo...
Wills Rice’s Patra ranks Cardinals’ cornerbacks among weakest rooms in league

The Cardinals enter training camp with a few question marks personnel-wise on the defensive side of the ball, especially at cornerback.
2 days ago
Nick Scott #33 of the Los Angeles Rams tackles Zach Ertz #86 of the Arizona Cardinals after a recep...
Sam Graveline

PFF: Tight end shaping up to be biggest position battle for Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals head into training camp expecting to have healthy competition at a handful of positions, including at tight end.
3 days ago
Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates with fans after beating the Houston Texans 31-5...
Arizona Sports

Cardinals Corner: The timeframe of Kyler Murray’s contract extension

We haven't heard much lately when it comes down to Cardinals QB Kyler Murray and a contract extension. When will a new deal get done?
3 days ago
Markus Golden #44 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts to a defensive play during the first half against...
Nikash Nath

Cardinals LB Markus Golden among players with best team-friendly deals

Arizona Cardinals LB Markus Golden's contract cracked PFF analyst Brad Spielberger's top team-friendly deals ranking.
3 days ago
Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray (1) participates during the team's NFL football practice, Wednesday...
Nikash Nath

Cardinals’ Kyler Murray among top 5 QBs in multiple PFF passing metrics

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray's accuracy was on point in 2021, especially when looking at deep throws.
6 days ago
Arrow pointing up for Arizona Cardinals’ Michael Floyd