FOXBORO -- Michael Floyd is on the board with his new team. He saw three targets during his 17 offensive snaps on Saturday, his first as a member of the Patriots, and he made one catch for six yards in the fourth quarter.
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It's been a whirlwind two weeks for Floyd -- arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona, released by the Cardinals, claimed by the Patriots, and on the field for a divisional matchup with the Jets in the span of 12 days -- so his relatively meager output did nothing to dampen his enthusiasm after the 41-3 win.
"It feels good to be out here with my teammates," Floyd said. "They brought me in like I was a brother to them, to this team. I was excited to get out there . The plays that I did have in the game, I think I did pretty well. I'm excited that we got the 'W'."
Floyd did not dress for last weekend's matchup against the Broncos, but that he was on the field as often as he was with minimal practice time available to him speaks to just how prepared he was to contribute in this offense. Floyd played under former Patriots offensive coordinator CharlieWeis at Notre Dame for two seasons, and while Floyd said Weis' estimate that he would understand 75 percent of the New England playbook was generous, he said the background was helpful.
"That was seven years ago with Charlie, my freshman and sophomore year in college," Floyd said. "But I would say about 60 percent of it is something that I remember. That helped me a lot. Also the receivers in the room. They really helped me out there because they know the ins and outs and the details of every route and every run play. They'd help me out if I had any confusion."
Floyd also had a good tutor in the player who has helped shape the Patriots offense over the course of the last 16 seasons.
"He told me all week if I had any problems or any questions just ask him," Floyd said of quarterback Tom Brady. "I'm sure he knows the ins and outs of his whole offense. That's a guy that I'm coming to."
Brady came to Floyd deep down the right sideline in the first quarter, but Floyd caught the pass out of bounds. Later in the game, in the fourth quarter, Jimmy Garoppolo was not able to connect with Floyd in the back of the end zone. But they hooked up for a six-yard gain on the subsequent series.
Brady said after the game just how important it is to work Floyd in.
"Yeah, it’s important because you never know. He’s one injury away from going in and being in there every down," Brady said. "I think just him getting acclimated to being in the huddle and play calls – he’s been with one offense for a long time and our offense is quite a bit different than that. It’s just getting him involved and seeing, like we said earlier in the week, what kind of role he can carve for himself. Just watching him over the years, I have a lot of confidence in him and hopefully he can add something. But that will all be determined by him and the work he puts and the work we put in together as a team and collectively as an offense."
Brady added: "He’s a big, physical player that competes hard for the ball. You’ve got to love that about receivers. You go out there and you put it up there and you’ve got a big guy who goes up and tries to bring it down, so he’s got to have opportunities to do that and we’ve got to find ways to try to keep getting him the ball."