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.
â¢ 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 ...
â¢ 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.
â¢ 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.
â¢ 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.