FOXBORO –Michael Floyd spoke with New England media for the first time since his DUI arrest last week in Arizona that led to his release by the Cardinals and his subsequently catching on with the Patriots.
Alluding to mistakes made and lessons learned, the wide receiver began by saying, “I want to start off saying that what happened last week was last week.”
The opening statement indicated a variation on the Patriots tried and true, “That’s in the past…” rejoinder to difficult questions but Floyd didn’t stay completely away from the situation, saying, “I think in life, everyone makes mistakes. Right now it’s about learning from that mistake and I couldn’t be in a better position right now with this team keeping me focused and working hard.”
Floyd has more than landed on his feet since passing out behind the wheel while at a stop light in Scottsdale, Arizona. He’s gone from a 2016 also-ran to a Super Bowl favorite.
“[I’m happy to be with] a great group of guys, great group of coaches and an organization which treats people well,” said Floyd. “With this organization, they brought me in here and I feel like I’ve been here four or five years. It’s a family-oriented place right here.”
I asked Floyd about the jarring arrest video in which he was incoherent.
“I haven’t been on social media,” was his answer.
Why did he get behind the wheel in that condition?
“That’s a choice,” he said. “That’s all I can do is learn from that and move forward.”
Preparing for Saturday’s game with the Jets is part of the moving forward. “I’m trying not to think about [the arrest]. The coaches and players on the team are trying to keep me focused on the task at hand which is playing on Saturday and getting ready for that.”
When the offseason comes, there will be no games to refer to as being “the task at hand.” At that point, the real task for Floyd will be deciding whether or not he has an issue that needs addressing before he hurts himself or someone else. And then addressing it.