A scary hit on Malcom Floyd led to a 10-plus minute stoppage of play as he was immobilized and loaded onto a stretcher to be taken to the nearest hospital. Despite the frightening nature of the hit when Floyd’s head was down and impacted by Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans, the tests from the hospital indicate the San Diego receiver is alright and he actually flew back home with the team following the game.
The 33 year-old veteran was having a stellar game up to his injury as he hauled in five catches for 102 yards. The fact that the injury news on Floyd is positive allows us to shine a light on just how well the rest of the receiving corps performed in his absence.
Rookie Keenan Allen replaced Floyd in the rotation and immediately stepped in to contribute two clutch grabs for 34 yards. Floyd’s absence also led to an increased role for the versatile Danny Woodhead out of the backfield as he tied for a team-high with eight catches for 37 yards. Tight end Antonio Gates was the other player with eight grabs as he also led the way in yardage with 124 on the day.
But the best was saved for last as none of the aforementioned players managed to be on the receiving end of a touchdown on Sunday. That honor only went to Eddie Royal who caught seven passes for 90 yards and a staggering three scores on the day. Royal’s touchdown total is now up to five through just two games which shed light on just how misused he was under the previous regime. His familiarity with new head coach Mike McCoy from their days with the Denver Broncos has really allowed him to blossom this season and showed that Robert Meachem was the only true free agent bust from last year’s signings. There’s no doubt with his versatility in the return game that Royal can be a player similar to what Randall Cobb provide the Green Bay Packers this season.
While fans should be hoping that Floyd feels no after effects from what was a scary hit on Sunday, the Chargers have to be thrilled with the production they got from the rest of their receivers in his absence. This team may not be the deepest or the most talented like they used to be in years past, but there’s another thing they won’t be this season that needs to be recognized: Underachievers.