Blue and Gold Illustrated

Nov. 16, 2015 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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IRISH IN THE PROS BY ANDREW OWENS A rizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd burned Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden for a 60- yard touchdown to help his team turn a 20-7 deficit into a 34-20 win Nov. 1. What made the former Irish product's play especially impressive was that it came against Haden, one of the top cor- nerbacks in the NFL. The receiver's win in the one-on-one matchup surprised many, but certainly not Floyd. "I told [quarterback Carson Palmer] and I told [head coach Bruce Arians], 'He's letting me get open,' " Floyd told reporters. He said he noticed Haden leaving the outside open before the snap, a detail that led to the 60-yard score. After being held scoreless in the first five games of 2015, Floyd reached the end zone in three straight contests. Dur- ing that span, he snagged 12 catches for 215 yards and the three touchdowns. Three dislocated fingers that required surgery in August slowed the beginning of Floyd's season, but he appears to once again be healthy in a three-headed re- ceiving corps with Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown. In a 25-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steel- Michael Floyd Getting Healthy For Cardinals Floyd had an injury-plagued start to the 2015 season, but he has rebounded in a strong Arizona offense and had 20 catches for 319 yards and three touchdowns through Nov. 1. PHOTO COURTESY ARIZONA CARDINALS

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