Newcomer Floyd could be X-factor for Patriots in playoffs (The Associated Press)

The New England Patriots gave Michael Floyd a fresh start last month when they signed the receiver just a day after he was waived by the Arizona Cardinals following a DUI arrest. A month later, Floyd has a chance to fulfill that faith and possibly play the role of X factor on a suddenly stacked group of Patriots receivers heading into the playoffs. It’s been a blurring four weeks for the 27-year-old stepping into the no-nonsense, high-expectation Patriots’ bubble.