When Michael Floyd was waived by the Cardinals, his former teammate Larry Fitzgerald began fielding calls soon thereafter. Coaches and front-office people around the NFL wanted to know what they might be getting from the 27-year-old with a history of alcohol-related incidents stemming back to his days at Notre Dame.
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"I think he’s going to be a great pickup for whoever lands him," Fitzgerald told reporters. "You got a young guy who’s hungry. He’s eager to make plays on a contract year. He’s got a chip on his shoulder now -- not that he didn’t already have one but he’s got a bigger one. I hope he goes and makes a deep playoff run."
Floyd was released by Arizona after police found Floyd asleep at the wheel of his SUV while stopped at an intersection in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday morning. He was arrested for DUI, and the Cardinals waived him on Wednesday. The Patriots claimed him on Thursday, upgrading their depth at receiver.
Fitzgerald has known Floyd since Floyd was a teenager growing up in Minnesota, and he counts Floyd as a friend. Fitzgerald insisted on Thursday -- before news broke that Floyd had been claimed by the Patriots -- that Floyd "was never, like, an immature guy."
"He had his incident in college but we all make mistakes," Fitzgerald said. "I’ve made mine. Everybody in this locker room, everybody in life has made mistakes. When you play in the National Football League, you’re under the microscope and everything you do is micromanaged.
"Mike is a good young man. He’s somebody I highly respect and care about deeply and I just hope he finds himself in a situation that he’s happy with and he can have a long prosperous career."