The Arizona Cardinals could be without budding second-year wide receiver Michael Floyd this week when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars, as Floyd is dealing with an AC sprain that he suffered early in last week’s win over the Houston Texans. Floyd is a perfect fit in Bruce Arians’s scheme as the No. 2 wide receiver to Larry Fitzgerald, and I’m a little disappointed that his numbers aren’t even bigger this season.
In any case, Floyd’s shoulder sprain could cost him this week’s game against the Jaguars, and I think he’s shaping up to be a game-time decision this week. We all know that capable possession receiver Andre Roberts will slot in comfortably as Carson Palmer’s No. 2 receiver in the Cardinals offense if Floyd is out, but it’s more interesting to look at the player who is poised to move up to the No. 3 spot if Floyd is a no-go on Sunday.
According to ESPN NFL Nation’s Josh Weinfuss, intriguing undrafted rookie Jaron Brown will be the Cards No. 3 man without Floyd on the field. Brown hasn’t played often this season and has just seven receptions, but the Clemson product has great speed to burn and a lot of upside. He was stuffed behind superstar wideouts Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins at Clemson, so we never got a good enough look at Brown’s talents. It’s one reason why he has so much potential, because this is a guy who fits the profile of a potential breakout UDFA receiver.
It will be interesting to see how he does as the No. 3 WR if Floyd is out, and he holds a crucial role on the Cardinals depth chart, as even Bruce Arians admitted that this team is thin at wide receiver when someone goes down.