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Michael Floyd enters contract year knowing 'ball's in my court'

Michael Floyd has to perform this season if he wants to be in the Cardinals' long-term plans. Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In two days, Michael Floyd will report for his fifth training camp with the Arizona Cardinals and will try to prove he’s worthy of a second contract with the team that drafted him.

The Cardinals picked up Floyd’s fifth-year option in April 2015, extending his rookie contract by a season and putting the pressure on the 26-year-old in a make-or-break season. But Floyd doesn’t view the Cards’ decision to extend his stay in the desert by a year as a sign of things to come.

“That really doesn’t mean anything,” Floyd said. “You still got to go out there and perform. That’s what I expect myself to do -- just going out there and doing the best that I can to put myself in a position to stay here in Arizona, which I want to. I love this place and the organization treats me well.

“Basically the ball’s in my court. How I perform is all up to me.”

Floyd is coming off an 849-yard season that he finished with five 100-yard performances in his final eight games. A gruesome hand injury suffered last training camp prevented the Notre Dame product would eclipsing 1,000 yards for the second time in three seasons.

“I was having a good camp,” Floyd said. “The hand kind of slowed me up in the beginning, but I think my playmaking ability down the stretch for us really showed and it’s going to carry on to this year.”

Floyd spent his offseason studying himself and defenses he’ll see again in 2016 on film. He also worked on his endurance -- an important factor in being productive in coach Bruce Arians’ scheme.

“B.A. likes to throw the ball, and if you’re a big playmaker you ain’t getting out of the game, even though you’re running deep routes,” Floyd said. “I think it’s all about conditioning for us wide receivers and making sure we’re in the (tip-top) shape that we can possibly be going into training camp.”

As he embarks on a contract year, Floyd said he doesn’t have a well of never-before-seen reserves to show the Cardinals: They’ve seen what he has and what he can do.

After this season, Floyd hopes he can show enough to earn another deal.

“I don’t there’s that much (more to show),” Floyd said. “It’s just going out there each and every day and grinding and showing them that I’m that guy.

“I know that I’m that guy and I know that they can have for a long time here.”