Michael Floyd might not start for Arizona Cardinals


Training camp is finally almost here. They allow tackling there and everything. Around the League will count down the top 30 position battles to watch throughout the preseason.

No. 25: Cardinals receiver: Andre Roberts vs. Early Doucet vs. Michael Floyd

Top 30 training camp position battles

No. 30: Seahawks running backs
No. 29: Packers No. 3 receiver
No. 28: Broncos backup running back
No. 27: Bengals cornerbacks
No. 26: Raiders backup quarterback
No. 25: Cardinals receiver
No. 24: Jets right tackle
No. 23: Jets linebacker
No. 22: Redskins running back
No. 21: Giants No. 3 receiver
No. 20: Patriots receiver
No. 19: Colts tight end
No. 18: Rams receivers
No. 17: Jaguars quarterbacks
No. 16: Bears wide receivers
No. 15: NFL safety battles
No. 14: Jaguars No. 2 receiver
No. 13: Bears left tackle
No. 12: Randy Moss vs. Father time
No. 11: Lions receivers
No. 10: Cardinals running back
No. 9: Ravens pass rusher
No. 8: Dolphins quarterback
No. 7: Buccaneers running back
No. 6: Steelers defensive end
No. 5: Dolphins wide receiver
No. 4: Cardinals quarterback
No. 3: The Oakland Raiders
No. 2: Titans quarterback
No. 1: Seahawks quarterback

• The obvious assumption: Of course Floyd, the No. 12 overall pick, is going to play early and often. You know what happens when you assume though ...

• Resident Arizona Cardinals expert Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic believes Roberts is the favorite to start. His numbers (51 catches, 586 yards) weren't that bad for a second-year player considering the mess at quarterback in Arizona last year.

• Somers would actually be surprised if Floyd climbs above No. 4 on the depth chart anytime soon. Early Doucet is a classic slot receiver and has more experience. The Cardinals coaching staff has a history of benching rookies and there were some worrying signs with Floyd this offseason. The coaches reportedly believe Roberts and Doucet are better.

• So why is Floyd struggling? There are signs Floyd isn't in the greatest shape. That's not unique for a rookie. There are some early questions about his quickness and work ethic. These are typical rookie problems, but it would be a disappointment if Floyd isn't a starter this year. No matter how the Cardinals spin it.

Projected winner: Roberts should win the job for Week 1.