Tom E. Curran did not sugar-coat the picture of the Patriots claiming Michael Floyd just three days after the 27-year-old receiver’s latest DUI.
“This is one of those classic examples of the Patriots swallowing hard and saying, ‘Look, I know we’re going to catch a ration of poop here, but if he can play and he doesn’t do anything stupid here, it helps,’” Curran said.
Curran and Phil Perry agreed that Floyds’ size (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) and pedigree (he was the 13th overall pick in the 2012 draft despite never living up to the billing), make him an intriguing addition. Yet other than his character concerns, Perry saw reason to question Floyd’s potential impact this late in the season.
“It could be a fit, but we’ve seen guys come in, they’ve been here for the entire OTA sessions in the spring, all of training camp, and for the majority of the regular season and they still don’t can’t pick up the offense,” Perry said. “So why should we think Michael Floyd is going to have a little bit different fate?”
Curran’s answer? Charlie Weis. Floyd played for the former Patriots offensive coordinator during his freshman and sophomore seasons at Notre Dame. Though Floyd would get into trouble with his first DUI after Weis was fired.
“The Patriots certainly wouldn’t put in a waiver claim on him unless Weis somehow signed off on Michael Floyd’s character,” Curran said. “Despite the missteps that he has made dating back to Notre Dame, somehow Weis must think that there is something redeemable about him that can help him to battle and maybe conquer whatever is causing him to continue to have alcohol-fueled incidents and not be a distraction in the locker room.”