It's been a roller-coaster of a week for former Cretin-Derham Hall standout Michael Floyd.

After he was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of DUI in Arizona, the Cardinals released the 2012 first-round pick. Word circulated Thursday afternoon that the New England Patriots claimed Floyd off waivers.

Shortly before that news broke, fellow Minnesotan Larry Fitzgerald spoke with reporters about his now former teammate.

"I can't give you my true feeling because people might get upset with what I really feel," Fitzgerald said. "Mike is like my brother. I've known mike since he was 13 years old. We come from the same place (Minneapolis). I love him dearly and like any other family member I never turn my back on him no matter what. I'm going to support him. I saw him yesterday. I'm going to see him again today. It's important during these times to support people when they're going through some stuff."

At 6-2, 220 pounds Floyd brings immediate size to a Patriots team that is thin at wide receiver for MVP candidate Tom Brady.

He also has a background in a Patriots-like system from having played under Charlie Weis at Notre Dame.

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