Patriots claim Michael Floyd off waivers from Cardinals

The NFL processed waiver claims on Thursday, and according to multiple reports, the New England Patriots were awarded Floyd.

But with risk comes potential reward in adding Floyd, who's 6-foot-2, 220 pounds and was selected 13th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Floyd had 33 catches for 446 yards and four touchdowns with the Cardinals this season, but had several critical drops. They've lost Rob Gronkowski for the season and Danny Amendola is injured. The fifth-year pro out of Notre Dame has struggled to find consistency all year in what couldn't be worse timing given that he is set to become an unrestricted free agent. In his second season, Floyd had 65 receptions, for 1041 yards and five touchdowns.

Floyd's acquisition also means the Patriots could use Edelman replace the mistake-prone Cyrus Jones on punt returns.

The Patriots are banking on Floyd learning the playbook very quickly, and maybe they're hoping to get the inside lane of signing Floyd, who will be a free agent after this season.

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Floyd was waived by the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday after being arrested Monday on a DUI charge.

Cardinals receiver? Larry Fitzgerald?described Floyd as "like my brother" after his release and said "I love him dearly and like any other family member I never turn my back on him no matter what".

"I told them my honest opinion of him, that I think he'll be a great pickup for whoever", Fitzgerald said. Sometimes you're under the spotlight, you're under a microscope, so obviously I wish him the best. Everybody here has seen him, the year he had last year and some of the plays he's made.

New England doesn't need much help in the passing game with Tom Brady leading the No. 4 passing attack in the National Football League through 13 games.

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