NFC West Notes: Cardinals, Floyd, Rams, Fisher

The Cardinals‘ need for a wide receiver has now amped up their need for a wide receiver in this year’s draft, ESPN.com’s Josh Weinfuss writes. Larry Fitzgerald‘s career is coming down the home stretch and neither J.J. Nelson nor John Brown are above 5’11”. Right now, the Cards are projected to pick just outside the top ten and there are a handful of receivers they could grab in that range. Clemson’s Mike Williams, for example, offers great size at 6’3″ and is widely regarded as one of this year’s best WRs. Other tall options include Western Michigan’s Corey Davis and USC’s JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Here’s more on Floyd and other stuff out of the NFC West:

  • Floyd’s career never reached its full potential with the Cardinals, Weinfuss writes. When Arizona took Floyd No. 13 overall in 2012, the thinking was that he would eventually take the torch from Fitzgerald. Instead, he had only one 1,000-yard season and never emerged out of Fitzgerald’s shadow. He seemed to be on the right track in 2013, but a groin injury in 2014 coupled with Carson Palmer‘s absence derailed him. In 2015, Palmer returned, but a gruesome hand injury hampered him early. He finished ’15 strong, but Floyd could not stop dropping passes in 2016. After his DUI, the Cardinals turned the tables and dropped him from the roster.
  • The style of football that Jeff Fisher was known for – tough defensive teams with strong running games on offense – never made its way to the Rams, Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch writes. Known as the master of the 7-9 season, the Rams slumped into mediocrity and worse after a solid start to the year. Ultimately, after going 31-45-1 in nearly five seasons, the Rams decided to kick Fisher to the curb.
  • The 49ers were one of four teams to try and claim running back Darius Jackson off waivers. Unfortunately for them, the Browns were ahead of them in waiver wire priority and snagged him instead.
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