2012 was a disappointing season for the San Diego Chargers as a team, but wide receiver Malcom Floyd still managed to have one of his best seasons for the club. While part of his jump in production may have been due to the departure of Vincent Jackson and the failed additions of Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal at his position, his career-high 56 catches a year ago suggests big things could still be ahead for the now seasoned vet.
Set to turn 32 years of age the day before the Chargers open the 2013 season, Floyd could be hitting his peak as a player. He clearly emerged as quarterback Philip Rivers’ favorite target last season, and with his newfound uses in head coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt’s offense, plenty is expected of the veteran.
Training camp is going to be fun to watch as the Bolts have a plethora of wide receivers fighting for a few starting spots. Floyd is an incumbent starter coming into the season and his likely partner in crime on the outside will be Vincent Brown. Last year’s free agent gem Danario Alexander certainly figures to play a big part as well with Royal and rookie Keenan Allen looking to get some action in the slot. Free agent disappointment Meachem was kept around mainly because it would cost more to cut him than keep him this season, but he could find a niche in this new offense as well.
In short, there’s quite a logjam at the wideout position for playing time that goes six deep. Floyd doesn’t need to worry about his snaps being taken away as long as he can stay healthy, but the competition should be good to bring out the best in everyone during the upcoming season.
The days of Malcom Floyd stretching opposing defenses and running under 50-yard rainbows from Rivers may be in the past, but the veteran will now find his new role in this San Diego offense to be just as effective. Look for McCoy and Whisenhunt to tailor plays to Floyd’s strengths in order to get the most out of his abilities in the coming NFL season. Even after setting a career-high in grabs last season, Floyd could shatter all of his career numbers in 2013 if he can manage to avoid the dreaded injury bug.