FOXBORO -- Logan Ryan wasn't assigned to cover Michael Floyd when the Patriots and Cardinals met for this year's season opener, but the Patriots corner is quite familiar with his newest teammate. The two have trained together for the last few offseasons at the Fischer Institute in Arizona, where they've gotten to know one another as they've competed against each other.
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Here are a few tidbits on Floyd that Ryan was willing to share during Friday's early-morning media-availability period inside the Patriots locker room . . .
On what he's learned about Floyd during their time together: "He's a good guy. I'm happy he's here, and I'm sure he's hungry for a second chance . . . Off the field, he's a real good guy. I know he was excited about this year, I know he put a lot of work in. I'm excited that he gets a chance to do something with it and maybe, when he gets here, play in some big games."
On being teammates with someone he was preparing to face as an opponent this offseason: "All we were talking about, trash talking about training together but playing that first game in Arizona. Going against each other and stuff like that. It's funny how it all ends up."
On his scouting report for Floyd: "He's a big guy, big bodied-receiver. But he's not just a big guy playing receiver. He's definitely got a lot of receiver traits. Has the natural hands. He's really good at tracking the deep ball. He's got good feet for a guy his size. I think the size of him is a little bigger than people expect, and how well he moves for that size and how well he gets in and out of breaks is pretty impressive. You can tell why he had so much success in this league and in college."
On what he can expect in terms of work ethic from Floyd, who was arrested earlier this week for driving under the influence: "He's coming from a new team. I'm sure there'll be some type of adjustment. This is a tough place to transition to. I know a lot of guys aren't used to how we do things here. But he's a good football player and he's a good guy. I train with this guy the months out of the year that we're not even in season. When a lot guys might be just relaxing we're in there, you know, in Arizona trying to get the best out of each other and going hard every day. I know he's willing to do that, put that into it, and I think that goes a long way."