Michael Floyd
WR FA
Fri 7/14/17 4:27 PM4 Comments

Floyd has been suspended for the first four games of the upcoming campaign, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

EDGE Analysis

Floyd's punishment almost certainly stems from his 24-day stint in jail for pleading guilty to extreme DUI after being arrested back in December. Although his punishment comes as little surprise, Floyd missing the first quarter of the regular season still obviously hurts the Vikings' receiving options heading into the 2017 campaign. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen will lead the charge, but behind them, No. 3 wideout Laquon Treadwell, who caught just one pass as a rookie, is seemingly the best of the remaining targets. While Floyd will be free to participate in training camp and preseason games, he won't be able to make his true Vikings debut until their Monday night game in Week 5 against the Bears.

Michael Floyd
WR FA
Tue 6/27/17 11:30 AM1 Comment

Vikings GM Rick Spielman said he expects Floyd to be with the team for the start of training camp.

EDGE Analysis

Released by the Cardinals in December after a DUI arrest, Floyd spent 24 days in an Arizona jail in February and was granted permission to finish out his house arrest in Minnesota after signing with his hometown team. His violation of the house arrest led to speculation he'd be released, but it seems the Vikings still plan on giving him a shot, even though his argument in the recent legal case -- blaming his significant kombucha consumption for positive alcohol tests -- seems flimsy at best. While he should be available at the start of training camp, Floyd may find himself merely competing for the No. 4 spot on the depth chart, as 2016 first-round selection Laquon Treadwell got most of the first-team work alongside Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen when the Vikings used three-wide sets during their offseason program. Given that he has no real history of contributing on special teams, Floyd may have to battle just to make the Week 1 roster.

Michael Floyd
WR FA
Mon 6/26/17 4:49 PM

Floyd was sentenced Monday to one day in jail and ordered to serve the final five days of his house arrest sentence for violating the original terms of his sentencing, ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reports.

EDGE Analysis

Floyd, who starting in February served a 24-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to extreme DUI, was deemed to have violated his 96-day house arrest sentence by testing positive for alcohol earlier this month. Although Floyd reportedly blamed the positive tests on a fermented tea containing trace amounts of alcohol, the 27-year-old was sent back to jail for a daylong stint. From there, Floyd will need to serve his final five days of house arrest before completing his punishment. Despite Floyd's tumultuous offseason, he's anticipated to battle for a top-four spot on the Vikings receiving depth chart during training camp, when he should be relieved to have his legal troubles behind him.

Michael Floyd
WR FA
Fri 6/16/17 12:39 PM

Floyd allegedly tested positive for alcohol this week, violating terms of his house arrest, TMZ Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Floyd served a 24-day jail sentence this spring after pleading guilty to extreme DUI following a December arrest in Arizona. Upon his release from jail, Floyd was ordered to serve 96 days on house arrest, but was allowed to transfer his sentence from Arizona to Minnesota so he could partake in offseason practices with the Vikings. As part of that sentence, Floyd was prohibited from having any alcohol and was required to undergo random breath tests to ensure of it. According to the report, Floyd tested positive for alcohol on five occasions this week, including three "high alcohol tests." While he allegedly blamed the positive tests on a fermented tea that contains trace amounts of alcohol, Floyd's blood alcohol concentration was reportedly far higher than the tea's content would've made it. If the court rules that Floyd indeed broke the terms of his house arrest, the wideout could face a return to jail.

Michael Floyd
WR FA
Thu 5/18/17 3:39 PM

Floyd will be able to start practicing with the Vikings next week after having the remainder of his 96-day house arrest transferred from Arizona to Minnesota, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Floyd, a St. Paul native, will be able to finish his sentence near the Vikings' facilities and therefore participate in the team's upcoming OTAs. He signed a one-year contract with Minnesota earlier this May, while the front office understands that he might face NFL discipline to begin the season after pleading guilty to extreme DUI. Floyd has proven to be effective as an NFL receiver, racking up 24 touchdowns throughout his five-year career. He'll still need to battle against 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell and Jarius Wright for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart at wideout.

Michael Floyd
WR FA
Wed 5/10/17 3:20 PM

Floyd signed a contract with the Vikings on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Floyd signing with Minnesota isn't surprising after it was reported on Friday that he was in talks with the team. The 27-year old receiver spent 13 games with Arizona last season before being released due to a DUI arrest and finishing the year with New England. He'll need to compete for a spot with the Vikings, but he could wind up as one of the team's top-3 options at wideout in 2017 and beyond if he's at the top of his game.

Michael Floyd
WR FA
Fri 5/5/17 8:02 AM

Floyd is talking with the Vikings and other teams, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

EDGE Analysis

Floyd was released by the Cardinals in December after a DUI arrest, and while he caught on with the Patriots shortly thereafter, he was a healthy scratch for the AFC championship game and Super Bowl. He then pleaded guilty to the DUI and served a 24-day jail sentence that concluded in early March, right around the time the 2017 league year started. Floyd didn't draw much (if any) known interest in the early stages of free agency, suggesting he may have to compete for a roster spot wherever he ends up signing. The Vikings would be a strong fit for the St. Paul native, giving him a shot rejuvenate his career with his hometown team -- a squad that just so happens to have a shaky wideout depth chart behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. The Vikes might give Floyd a shot to compete with 2016 first-round pick Laquon Treadwell for a spot in three-wide formations.

Michael Floyd
WR FA
Fri 2/17/17 3:12 PM

Floyd pleaded guilty to extreme DUI and began serving a 24-day sentence at Maricopa County Jail on Thursday, FOX 10 Phoenix reports.

EDGE Analysis

Floyd was charged with seven counts, including extreme DUI and failure to obey a policy officer after he was found passed out behind the wheel of his car at a Scottsdale, Arizona intersection in December. The receiver was released by the Cardinals immediately after that incident, but later signed with the Patriots for the remainder of the season. Following his sentencing, Floyd will serve 24 days behind bars before spending 96 days on house arrest. He'll also be required to pay a $5,000 fine, perform community service and attend an alcohol abuse class. While discipline from the NFL also potentially awaits, so too does Floyd's unrestricted free agency this offseason.

Michael Floyd
WR FA
Sun 2/5/17 5:17 PM

Floyd is inactive for Sunday's Super Bowl LI against the Falcons.

EDGE Analysis

The Patriots will roll with four wideouts, including Chris Hogan (thigh) and Malcolm Mitchell (knee), in this season-capping contest. As an impending unrestricted free agent, Floyd will certainly have an interesting offseason on his hands, especially if the NFL decides to rule on the DUI that precipitated his release from the Cardinals in December.

Michael Floyd
WR FA
Sun 2/5/17 12:04 PM

Floyd is expected to be a healthy scratch for Sunday's Super Bowl LI against the Falcons, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Floyd was similarly deemed expendable in the AFC championship game with rookie wide receiver Malcolm Floyd able to return from a knee injury. Although both Mitchell and Chris Hogan (thigh) are questionable for the Super Bowl, the duo is expected to be available on the active roster, relegating Floyd to street clothes due to the need for bodies on special teams and at the goal line, to name two scenarios. Whether the preceding forecasts Floyd's lack of potential to stick in New England as a free agent remains to be seen, but the Patriots will likely be working without the veteran Sunday.