FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady says Michael Floyd’s fast-paced introduction to the New England Patriots’ offense is coming along well.
“He’s worked really hard to try to get up to speed,” Brady said Friday. “There’s a lot to make up, there’s a lot of time to try to make up, but he’s worked pretty hard at it. It’s been good to see his commitment, and hopefully he can go out there and play confident, and like all of us, try to go get a win.”
Floyd, a fifth-year receiver who was picked up by the Patriots (13-2) after the Cardinals released him following his arrest in Arizona on charges of driving under the influence, caught one pass late in last week’s 41-3 blowout of the Jets.
His contributions could increase on Sunday in Miami, with the rookie receiver Malcolm Mitchell questionable after missing practice all week with a knee injury, and Danny Amendola still out with an ankle sprain.
Brady said he could “definitely” feel Floyd’s experience factor after the receiver arrived.
“We’ve had a lot of guys come here who have been veterans and played a lot of football and played in the N.F.L., and there’s a big part of that, too, that you’ve got to gain confidence in,” Brady said.
“They know how challenging it is on a week-to-week basis, so they know what efforts to put into it every week,” he added. “That’s part of it.”
There have been veteran receivers, like Joey Galloway and Chad Johnson, who have come to New England and failed to grasp the complicated playbook. Floyd seems to be doing fairly well.
“I think it’s a matter of putting in time,” Floyd said. “I feel like I’m putting in time to learn this offense, and that’s what I want to do; in order to be on the field, you have to know what you’re doing out there. I think I’m doing that, putting myself in good position.”
Floyd, who has been putting in extra time with the third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett, said he thought things had been progressing.
“It’s going well,” he said Friday. “I’m getting more comfortable with the offense every single day, so that’s a good thing.”
Cornerback Malcolm Butler, who sees Floyd from the other side, said that his size, speed and great athletic ability stood out, but he also said that Floyd was able to “keep his head down and try to do everything he’s told and learn the playbook.”
Asked about the difficulty of picking up the Patriots’ playbook, Butler said, “You’ll do anything when you’re trying to keep a job, so it’s all worth it.”
Added Brady: “We just try to focus on the things that he’s confident in, and we’re just trying to, I guess, speak the same language. That’s kind of what it comes down to.”
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