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Cardinals' passing game will feel loss of Michael Floyd

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Arians makes tough decision releasing Floyd (2:33)

The NFL Live crew reacts to the Cardinals releasing WR Michael Floyd after he was arrested on a DUI charge early Monday morning. (2:33)

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Starting Wednesday, the Arizona Cardinals' offense had to adjust to life without Michael Floyd.

Floyd was cut Wednesday, two days after he was arrested on charges of DUI and disobeying a police officer in the early-morning hours Monday. Along with the Cardinals' decision to part ways with their 2012 first-round pick went the offense's best deep-ball threat since coach Bruce Arians took over in 2013.

Floyd had the quintessential receiver's body: He was listed as 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, and quarterback Carson Palmer estimated Floyd ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash.

"He's a great mismatch," Palmer said.

The 36-year-old quarterback insisted the Cardinals' offense wouldn't change without the 27-year-old receiver, but Floyd, despite a subpar 2016 season, has been an integral part of the Cardinals' offense under Arians.

In nearly four seasons under Arians, Floyd had 197 receptions (14.6 percent of the team's total) for 3,177 yards (19.1 percent) and 21 touchdowns (20.6 percent) along with 14 drops (19.2) on 363 targets (16.7 percent). Only Larry Fitzgerald was more important to the Cardinals' passing game.

Floyd's production dropped off dramatically this season. He had only 33 catches (10.4 percent of the Cardinals' total catches in 2016), for 446 yards (12.5 percent) and four touchdowns (18 percent), along with five drops (27.8 percent) on 70 targets (13.5 percent).

"He's a dominant player," Palmer said. "I've seen it. We've seen it. Everybody here has seen it. The year he had last year and some of the plays he's made at critical points in games -- the game winner he had in Seattle [in 2013]. That's obviously a big void to fill."

Palmer was referring to the 31-yard touchdown Floyd caught with 2 minutes, 14 seconds left in the game in 2013 that helped the Cardinals win at Seattle. It was a deep pass, which was where Floyd was at his best.

He led the Cardinals since 2013 in catches for explosive plays (22 yards or longer) with 41 and a team-high 10 touchdowns.

When the Cardinals wanted to go deep, it was Floyd they were targeting.

Since 2013, he had 90 passes thrown at least 20 yards in the air to him -- the most on the team by 29. He came down with a team-high 33 of them for 1,136 yards and 10 touchdowns. It was a trend Arizona continued this season, despite Floyd's down year. He led the team with 16 targets of 20 air yards or longer but tied for the team lead with Larry Fitzgerald with four catches.

Without Floyd, the Cardinals will have to rely on the likes of Fitzgerald, J.J. Nelson and John Brown, whose reps will increase, Arians said, to stretch the defense deep and work the sideline. Arizona also has 6-4 receiver Marquis Bundy, who has been "progressing nicely," on the roster and can fill in on Floyd's deep routes, as well.

But Palmer said the Cardinals will stick to their offense. However, Arians said there's only so much the offense can keep the same.

"Well, you got to do what the guys who you have are capable of doing," Arians said. "So, obviously there will be some changes but your basic offense [will stay in tact].

"Offensively, you can only ask guys to do so much."

But there are few, if any, who can do what Floyd could.