Veteran NFL receiver and St. Paul native Michael Floyd is returning to his home state of Minnesota as the newest member of the Minnesota Vikings. Floyd signed a one year deal worth $1.5 million with the possibility of incentives.
Last season Floyd was released from the Arizona Cardinals following a DUI arrest in Scottsdale, ending his five season run with the team. Floyd would go on to sign with the New England Patriots and remained on roster all the way to through their Championship run, but was not re-signed this offseason.
Floyd’s signing creates some much-needed veteran depth at the wide receiver position with Jarius Wright being the only other true veteran receiver on the roster, having been a member of the Vikings since the 2012-2013 season.
The skill-set that Floyd brings to the table coincides perfectly with what the Vikings are trying to build with their offense for the upcoming season. Floyd is a true vertical threat who can take the top off the defense with his 4.4 speed. His large frame and athleticism helps him box-out corners for jump balls in red-zone situations as well.
With Training Camp inching closer by the day, the position battle at the wide receiver position will be one to watch going forward. Last season the team kept six receivers on roster and will likely do the same again this season.
Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen have their spots as the number one and two receivers locked down. The number three receiver spot is still very much up for grabs, however.
Will we see Laquon Treadwell bounce back from his disappointing rookie year and show why he deserved to be our first-round pick in 2016? Or will he be surpassed by one of the three new additions to the team in Rodney Adams, Stacy Coley, or Michael Floyd?
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