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Camp Helping Michael Floyd Catch Up on Vikings Offense

MANKATO, Minn. —Michael Floyd was the star of the show in Sunday's practice, catching everything thrown to him, including a trio of different yet impressive touchdown receptions.

The Vikings wide receiver was at it again Monday, too, as he put together another solid performance on the practice field.

Floyd said his strong performances of late are a byproduct of getting immersed with Minnesota's offense while at training camp.

"I'm catching up the offense, it's coming more easy to me now," Floyd said. "I think that with the more reps and a lot of the meeting time that we have, it's going all into my brain.

"The first couple days are going well, so I just have to keep it rolling," Floyd added.

Perhaps his most impressive catch came at the end of Sunday's session in which he made a sliding grab over his back shoulder for a touchdown right in front of safety Anthony Harris.

A day later, Harris was still in disbelief that he didn't come up with the interception or at least knock the ball away.

"I thought I had to intercept it, but he just went and snatched it out of the air," Harris said Monday. "It was a great catch by him coming back to it and using his arms for full extension.

"It was coming straight to me, so I kind of waited for it," Harris added. "But at the last second, I saw (Floyd) put on the brakes and put his arms out."

Floyd, who is suspended for the first four games of the season, joined the Vikings in May as a free agent.

While he's working on getting comfortable in the Vikings offense, he admitted Monday that it's still a work in progress. Floyd spent a portion of Monday's practice with the first-team offense.

"Sometimes I go out there and still think sometimes," Floyd said. "Obviously the guys who have been here for quite a while, it's second nature to them.

"But it's coming to me the more that I work at it," Floyd added. "(If I) stay in the film room and the playbook, it's going to become second nature to me, too."

Floyd has 246 career receptions for 3,781 yards and 24 touchdowns in five seasons.

He has averaged more than 15 yards per reception in his career, and was been known as a deep threat while in Arizona.

The former first-round pick said he's willing to do any role asked of him to move the chains and score points.

"I think (Vikings Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur) puts you in great positions (to be successful)," Floyd said. "It could be play calls that's not going downfield, but Sam (Bradford) might see something different and have a ball that goes vertical or all of us go vertical.

"I'm happy with what the offense is doing," Floyd said. "I like going vertical, but I also like the intermediate routes, too."

Floyd, a Minnesota native, said he never made it down to Mankato for training camp while growing up in the Twin Cities.

But now that he's here, Floyd is happy to keep contributing as much as he can.

"It's a Midwest vibe, always great people," Floyd said. "We've got a good group of fans out here supporting us every day, so that's always good.

"I'm just going out here to make plays and help this team win games," he later added.

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