"It's exciting just knowing that he's on the opposite side of me, one of the best receivers in the game," Floyd told The Associated Press. "It's a learning experience for me to know that when I get down there, I'll be able to learn from one of the best."
Floyd has had some well-documented off-the-field issues with the Irish, but Fitzgerald -- a fellow native Minnesotan -- figures to give the rookie an instant support system.
"One of the things that struck me about him was his honesty," Whisenhunt said. "We asked him some pretty tough questions about his past, and he was very honest. I think that we emphasized the importance to him about some of our players and how important they are to our community and what type of role models they are and how important it was for us that he would have to fit that mold."