FOXBORO -- In his first meeting with the media last month, new Patriots wide receiver Michael Floyd seemed vaguely blasé about the arrest that chased him out of Arizona.
For instance, when asked why he’d get behind the wheel of a car in a condition that would lead to him falling asleep at a stoplight, he answered, “It was a choice.”
Tone-deaf though some of his answers were, we left the door cracked for the possibility that Floyd’s three-minute interaction with unfamiliar faces may not tell the whole story of how he was addressing his incident.
On Wednesday, Floyd made comments that signaled the steps he’s taking to address what led to him being charged with “super extreme DUI” in Arizona.
Asked how his adjustment to the Patriots has been, Floyd offered, “I like it. It’s kinda the place for me. Not too many things to do around here and I like the culture the team brings and the chemistry of the guys.”
I asked him if having “not too many things to do” was good because it removed him from distractions and temptations.
“That’s good for me,” he said. “It’s great to be strictly focused on the playbook and again to learn this offense and that takes up most of my time, really.”
I asked the 27-year-old Floyd about the maturity needed for young players who come out of college with a measure of celebrity and are plunked down in unfamiliar cities with a whole bunch of money.
“I kinda act like I’m broke,” joked Floyd. :That’s how I am. Yeah, there’s obviously different things that you can do but where I stay at right now it’s kind of a place for me that I can really actually focus in on football and I can get to work in less than three minutes. I really like it. It’s a different attitude here, different feeling. Being the new guy coming in I think you have to be on your toes and be ready to go whenever your time is called.”
With Floyd closing the regular season with a flourish in Miami, the playoffs could well be his time. Floyd sounds like he’s progressing through the playbook.
“I start off learning one position and then as I get that down pat I focus on all the positions,” he said. “It takes time, obviously. I got here at a time that’s different from most of these guys here. I take everything in. A lot of these guys have been [to the playoffs] plenty of times. Some haven’t. I kinda know what it’s like and it’s different than the regular season.”
In the playoffs, playmakers are needed. Floyd -- if his attention has been captured by the Patriots -- is capable of making them.