Michael Floyd looks to rebound after 'down' year

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Michael Floyd played in all 16 regular-season games for the second straight year in 2014.

The Arizona Cardinals wide receiver started the season strong, with two 100-yard games in the first three, but ended it on a low note. Then a week after catching two touchdowns and totaling 153 receiving yards on eight grabs in the regular-season finale against San Francisco, Floyd’s only catch went for 9 yards in a playoff loss at Carolina.

"Mike started to have a breakout year last year," Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. "I mean a big one. Just be consistent and make the plays that he is capable of making, and he should be a big-time player. He needs to be a big-time player in big games. Those 50-50 balls, start coming down with them."

Floyd’s catches and yards were down overall from 2013 to '14, as he had 18 fewer catches (65 to 47) and 200 fewer yards (1,041 to 841). This season he’s looking to improve.

“Expectations for me are always high,” said Floyd, the 2012 13th overall draft pick said. “It’s getting in and out of breaks faster. Watching tape, too ... and just getting better at reading coverages.”

Floyd has confidence the Cardinals can succeed against the defensive secondaries of division rivals Seattle and St. Louis, the better two in the NFC West.

“We have the utmost confidence. We don’t shy away from anything,” Floyd said. “We have the guys right here to get the job done. The NFC West is tough but we can compete with the best of them.”

The Cardinals have a strong receiving corps, which includes Floyd, venerable veteran Larry Fitzgerald, second-year speedster John Brown, another physical target in Jaron Brown and fleet-footed rookie J.J. Nelson.