Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd had limited snaps on Monday but did catch a touchdown pass.
Even on a sideline full of players and coaches, Michael Floyd stuck out like a sore thumb on Monday night.
The Cardinals wideout was again relegated to reserve duty against the Jets, playing less than 50 percent of the offensive snaps for the third straight week.
It surely hasn’t been easy on him, especially with unrestricted free agency beckoning after the season, but Floyd swears he hasn’t lost any confidence. The way he copes is by looking forward to the playing time he does get instead of dwelling on any missed opportunities.
“No one really cares how many snaps you play,” Floyd said. “This is the NFL. When your name is called, you’ve got to come out and perform.”
After failing to haul in more than half of his targets in any of the first five games – including a catch-less performance in Week 5 against the 49ers – there may be a flicker of light coming out of the Jets game. Floyd was only thrown to twice, but he did secure each pass, including a spectacular one-handed grab in the end zone for a 9-yard score in the fourth quarter.
“Especially with how some of the weeks have been going for me, to get in the end zone again, it feels good,” Floyd said.
The season totals are still low – 14 catches for 192 yards and three touchdowns – but maybe the return of a familiar foe brings out the Floyd who had a 1,000-yard season in 2013 and had a monster stretch run last year.
The Seahawks boast the vaunted Legion of Boom defensively, but Floyd had a game-winning 31-yard touchdown against it in 2013 and went off for 113 receiving yards and two scores in last year’s 39-32 win in Seattle.
“Mike likes playing against Seattle,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “You can see it in his eyes (Wednesday) in practice and he was so into it. He had a lot of questions. … He matches up well with the guys they have and we’re expecting big things from him.”
Fellow wideouts John Brown and Jaron Brown are nursing hamstring and knee injuries, respectively, which kept them out of practice Thursday and puts their status for Sunday night in limbo. If Floyd is used more, he expects to have the full confidence of Palmer and coach Bruce Arians.
“I think my coach knows who I am,” Floyd said. “I think I’ve shown them a lot throughout the years, and they trust me. I think my teammates trust me. It’s just going out there daily and every week and putting on a great performance.”
PALMER’S HAMSTRING COULD BE AN ISSUE
When Palmer missed practice on Wednesday, Arians termed it a veteran’s day off, but the quarterback wasn’t wearing cleats or a helmet during the open portion of practice on Thursday and was listed as limited on the injury report.
Palmer left the end of the Jets game because of his hamstring, and the injury may be lingering. Arians didn’t speak to the media on Thursday, but offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin downplayed any worries about Palmer’s availability since it is still relatively early in the week.
“I’ve seen guys in the past not practice at all,” Goodwin said. “Until Friday, Saturday, it really doesn’t matter. I don’t worry about Carson. I don’t worry about anybody nursing a minor boo-boo here or there. It is what it is. Carson is always mentally prepared and he was out there today. We’ll be fine.”
STILL NO NICKNAME FOR DAVID JOHNSON
Running back David Johnson has accumulated eye-popping rushing and receiving totals this season, but he’s still shut out in the nickname department.
Suggestions hit a fevered pitch this week when he Tweeted about it, and while Johnson has read a ton of the ideas, he’s not sold on anything yet.
“Nothing clicks, man,” he said. “It’s hard to find one that goes good with my name.”
KAM CHANCELLOR, JIMMY GRAHAM DON’T PRACTICE
Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor, who missed last week’s win over the Falcons with a groin injury, didn’t practice for the second straight day. Tight end Jimmy Graham (knee/hip) also sat, as did linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (ankle), running back Thomas Rawls (fibula) and tight end Luke Willson (knee). Defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson (thumb/knee) was limited.
For the Cardinals, defensive Ed Stinson (toe), cornerback Justin Bethel (foot) and linebacker Gabe Martin (knee) were limited in addition to John and Jaron Brown sitting out. Guard Mike Iupati (ankle) was upgraded to full participation and should play, barring a setback.
An image sequence of David Johnson's 58-yard touchdown run in Week 6 against the Jets