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FLOYD HAS MADE THE FIRST INTERVIEW WITH THE PATRIOTS

Wide receiver Michael Floyd met reporters on Thursday for the first time since he joined the Patriots as a waiver claim last week and he faced questions about the DUI arrest that led him to the waiver wire in the first place.Floyd was arrested in Arizona on December 12 and released by the Cardinals a couple of days later. It came to light this week that Floyd’s blood alcohol content was. 217, which qualifies as an “extreme DUI” in Arizona, and Floyd was asked why he was behind the wheel in that state.

Floyd said :  “I just want to start off,” Floyd began when the recording devices started rolling, “by saying I understand what happened last week was last week. I’m excited for my opportunity here and being a Patriot with a great group of guys, great group of coaches and an organization that just treats people well.”

 “I’m trying not to think about it… All I can do is learn from that and move forward,” he continued, adding that he’s trying to focus his attention and energy on preparing to play as soon as possible for his new team.

“In life, everyone makes mistakes,” the 27-year-old acknowledged. “I think by now it’s about learning from mistakes. I think I couldn’t be in a better position right now with this team. The guys that they have around here, just keeping me focused and working hard”.

The Patriots claimed that he practiced with them for the first time on Dec. 16.He then traveled with the team — but didn’t play — for the Patriots’ 16-3 victory over the Denver Broncos. Coach Bill Belichick said the experience was good for Floyd to be around his new teammates and coaches, and to learn how the Patriots operate.Floyd has since practiced both Wednesday and Thursday of this week. He could make his debut Saturday against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium.