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Will Michael Floyd play a role for the Vikings down the stretch?

When the Minnesota Vikings signed Michael Floyd this offseason, they knew he wouldn’t be playing the same role as he did in Arizona. But they likely expected him to have a role. Through 10 games, Floyd has just five catches for 47 yards.

In a 24-7 win over the Los Angeles Rams, Floyd two catches for 16 yards – one of which came on an outstanding diving grab. He only played 16 total snaps against L.A., which is the most playing time for Floyd since Week 6 vs. Green Bay.

Since returning from a four-game suspension to start the season, former Cardinal has only played 78 snaps, but he’s been slowed by a hamstring injury. In his first two contests, Floyd played 32 and 38 snaps, but missed the Vikings’ win over the Ravens and only saw the field for eight total plays against Cleveland and Washington.

If his increased playing time last week combined with Laquon Treadwell’s reduced snaps (Treadwell has played less than 40% of snaps the last three weeks and had a season-low vs. L.A.), we could see more of Floyd soon.

But two factors will likely limit his role. First, the Vikings have two of the NFL’s best deep-threat receivers in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, so working the ball to another pure deep-threat receiver isn’t a top priority. Veteran Jarius Wright has shown that he can step in and have an impact. Against Washington he grabbed a seven-yard screen pass for a touchdown and vs. the Rams, Wright took a drag route over the middle for 23 yards.

Second, David Morgan.

The Vikings’ play-action game has been incredibly good this season with Morgan on the field. Heading into Sunday’s game, they ranked third in the NFL on play-action, in part because the Vikings use sets with two tight ends, then throw down field to Diggs and Thielen.

Morgan has been on the field for more than 40% of snaps the last three weeks and 51% against the Rams.

His presence forces opposing teams to choose between a package with enough DBs to handle the Vikings’ star receivers or enough linebackers to slow down a strong running game with Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon.

Floyd’s usage could depend on the health of Diggs, who battled a groin injury earlier this year, and opponents’ adjustments to the Vikings’ 2 TE scheme.

Floyd’s signing and suspension was  a significant talking point over the offseason – and he was very good during training camp – but it appears the Vikings do not have a big role for him at the moment and may continue to split the usage up between he, Treadwell and Wright.


  • Gordon Guffey

    Based just off what I havw seen J. Wright is by far the better WR ~ All you crazies that were talking about cutting Wright in training camp to save 3 or 4 million would be out in the cold with Floyd and his 6+ million dollar contract ~

    However there is always a chance for Floyd and there is also a chance that Treadwell comes on down the stretch ~ Who you picking ~ To date Treadwell is even far better than Floyd ~

    Just goes to show everyone of us just how much of a guessing game it is when it comes to picking talent in the NFL or any other sport ~

    • Jake Johnson

      Gordy, I agree keeping Wright was always the smart play- underrated and underappreciated. However, Floyd is signed for only $1.4 million, with a crazy incentive kicking in for an additional $4.6 million if he has 70 receptions, 1,000 yards and 12 TD’s. A more modest incentive can be reached for $1.5 million at 40 receptions, 500 yards and 6 TD’s. I don’t see any additional money coming Floyd’s way.

      • Gordon Guffey

        Thanks Jake for updating me on that ~ !!! I have never really followed Floyd since he joined the Vikings ~ His play as fallen off over the last 2 or 3 years ~ I’ glad he has stayed clean because there are more important things in life outside of football ~

    • Luis “TGO Fate”

      J. Wright. When we reach the playoffs, the name to look for will be Wright. Feeling here is that he’ll be the hidden weapon to throw the other teams off and open the field for everyone else.

    • Greg Quiggle

      Floyd signed for 1.5m

  • Ken Shalek

    Treadwell is complete bust, Floyd is close. Id keep floyd he has NFL talent.

    • Gordon Guffey

      You might be right Ken ~ Just another one of Norv’s failed draft picks if he is a bust ~ Oh there will be those who still try to pin it on Spielman and even Zimmer ~ But its funny how the defensive picks and FA seem to be working out great where as the offensive picks haven’t ~ And it has been reported here and elsewhere that Norv basically had full say over the offense and a lot of pull on draft day and in FA ~ Just look what a offseason away from Norv and his scheme has done for the OLRBWRQB ~

  • run like hell

    I had forgot Floyd was on the team until he made a catch Sunday.

  • beloitgopher

    If he does great, if not great!


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