WR Floyd back with Chargers
One of the NFL’s elite offenses regained a big-play receiver on
Friday when Malcom Floyd and the Chargers agreed on a two-year
Floyd, 6-foot-5 and deft at snatching passes above defenders,
averaged 19.4 yards per catch last year and led San Diego’s wide
receivers with 37 receptions.
”It was a nice surprise this afternoon that we were able to
bring Malcom back,” said quarterback Philip Rivers, who spoke
privately with Floyd in the last week. ”He adds another dimension
to our group. Y’all have seen the big plays he makes down the
”Because of the whole free-agent thing, it feels like we’re
getting him back, but I never felt like we lost him.”
An hour before Floyd’s deal was announced, backup quarterback
Billy Volek said Chargers players were ”hoping and praying” the
29-year-old Floyd would return to San Diego.
”He was like a human vacuum machine,” Volek said. ”Any ball
that was put his way, he went up and got it.”
The Chargers were without Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson for
training camp and most of last season. Their offense still ended up
second in the NFL in both yards passing and passer rating. In his
11 games, Floyd had six touchdown catches, only three fewer than
his career total in 51 games before 2010.
”He really stretched defenses,” Volek said.
Floyd rejoins a veteran-laden offense that welcomed back Jackson
on Thursday. Only one starter, running back Darren Sproles, who
signed with the Saints, is gone from the offense, which led the NFL
in yardage last year.
Jackson ad-libbed on a broken play Thursday and caught a
touchdown pass from Rivers.
”That’s seven years,” Rivers said.
Jackson and Rivers are in their seventh season together, giving
them a sense of how the other will react when a play doesn’t work
Tight end Antonio Gates is back for his eight season with the
club, and Floyd started his NFL career with the Chargers in 2004 as
an undrafted free agent out of Wyoming.
Five years into his career, Floyd had made only five starts. In
2009, he supplanted Chris Chambers as the No. 2 receiver and caught
45 passes for a team that went 13-3 and won a fourth consecutive
AFC West title.
A hamstring injury cost him five games last year.