Cardinals' rookie receivers could get their chance to contribute Sunday

Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

The Arizona Cardinals and rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley will likely have to rely on rookie wideouts LaRon Byrd and Michael Floyd this weekend against the New York Jets.

The Arizona Cardinals, losers of seven straight games, have struggled mightily on offense this season due to turnover at the quarterback position and injuries to the wide receiver corps. On Sunday, rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley will likely have to rely heavily on two rookie wide receivers if the team hopes to upset the New York Jets.

Obviously, Lindley's top target is veteran wideout Larry Fitzgerald, but behind Fitzgerald on the depth chart sits Andre Roberts (ankle) and Early Doucet (ribs), both hampered by injuries. Ken Whisenhunt will be looking to LaRon Byrd and fellow rookie Michael Floyd to step up on Sunday and relieve some of the pressure on Lindley in just his second career start. Byrd will need to shake off his own head injury, but is expected to play on Sunday.

Lindley was 31-of-52 for 312 yards in his debut last weekend, throwing four interceptions. Byrd has yet to catch a pass in the NFL, and Floyd has totaled just 24 catches in his rookie campaign.

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