If Michael Floyd had hauled in his second-quarter touchdown catch with just one hand, it surely would’ve been highlight worthy.
But mix in a one-handed tip, a fall to the ground, a bobble and then the catch, and you have Floyd’s first career touchdown in the NFL.
Just the way he planned it.
“I was blessed to get it,” Floyd said. “I kept concentration on the ball the whole time. Luckily the guy hit me in the back to go toward the ball so it landed in my hands.”
The touchdown gave the Cardinals an early 7-0 lead but a last-second field goal by Denver kicker Matt Prater gave the Broncos (2-2) a 16-13 win at University of Phoenix Stadium in both teams’ last preseason game.
It was the type of catch Floyd became known for as a standout receiver at Notre Dame, and even his quarterback wasn’t sure how Floyd came down with his only catch of the game.
“I just tried to keep it away a bit because I saw the safety rolling over to get him,” quarterback
“He made a greater play than I ever thought he would have made. That’s a pretty sweet first touchdown for him.”
Lindley’s pass to Floyd was the Cardinals’ lone touchdown of the game, and it might have helped him secure the third quarterback spot on the team with final cuts down to 53 coming Friday afternoon.
The plan all week was for backups Lindley and
“I’m going to take it as a good test,” Lindley said. “It’s something that could happen in the future. Hopefully it doesn’t but it’s good practice for something like that.”
Lindley finished with 176 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-26 passing.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt praised Lindley’s performance overall, especially his accuracy in the first half, and was pleased with how he came back after Bartel went down.
“That’s kind of been the way he’s handled himself all camp without a lot of reps,” Whisenhunt said.
But the focus was on Floyd, who kept the football after the touchdown – and plans on keeping “every single ball.”
But could Fitzgerald make that type of play?
“That was (a) much more acrobatic circus catch than I ever could have made,” Fitzgerald said. “I never made one like that. I could take a note or two.”