After serving a four-game suspension, the wide receiver is expected to suit up for the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 5 game on Monday night.
For Michael Floyd, this past year has not been one of his best. But now as a member of his hometown Minnesota Vikings, the wide receiver is hoping for some opportunities to redeem himself out on the field this season.
Floyd’s 2017 redemption tour looks like it will begin this week in Chicago after the Vikings added the wide receiver to their active roster on Monday prior to their matchup with the Bears. Floyd has been practicing with the team this week for the first time this season after serving a four-game suspension to begin the year.
With Sam Bradford expected to return to the starting lineup for Minnesota on Monday, the quarterback should have another weapon to throw to with Floyd now activated.
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Considering what the receiver’s role has been during his career so far, one would think the Vikings will take a few more shots downfield on Monday with Floyd in the lineup. Since he entered the league in 2012, 13 of the receiver’s 24 career touchdowns have been on throws of 20 or more yards.
Floyd’s presence on the field could even open things up for his fellow Minnesota pass catchers, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. Both are already off to great starts this season and having some of the attention shift to Floyd should make it easier for each of them to get open.
At the very least, Floyd should be an upgrade over second-year receiver Laquon Treadwell. If Floyd ends up playing well over these next few weeks, perhaps the Vikings could even look to trade Treadwell to a team in need of a pass catcher.
So with Floyd and Bradford expected to play on Monday night, Minnesota’s chances for a win against Chicago seem to be pretty good. But let’s not get carried away and go guaranteeing a win or anything like that just yet.