San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd is learning a ton of new things with the new offensive staff in place. With Mike McCoy and Ken Whisenhunt running the offense, there will be a different style to the offensive gameplan. The deeper routes down the field will not be as prevalent and the short passing game will be used more often.
“I’m running different routes,” Floyd said. “These coaches are really working on my lateral ability, a lot of these drills this offseason, getting in and out of my breaks. It’s details like foot placement on curl routes, reprogramming my brain. … I’m 10 years old in this league, but I feel a lot better than last year. I’m very excited about this upcoming year.”
Can an old learn new tricks? He better be able to adapt quickly, because there are a lot of youngsters that are gunning for his playing time. Danario Alexander, Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen all want to get to that top spot. Floyd has been in the same type of system for the least 10 years and really
“I really wish I knew these things 10 years before,” Floyd said. “I feel like I’ve been relying so much on natural talent in the past. Now, with these new coaches, they just work my body up, these new routes and these new drills we’ve been doing. I think it’s helping our receiving corps as a whole. I feel like I’ve been running my routes more like a shorter receiver who is quick in and out of his breaks.
“I think they can mix me in now in some intermediate to short routes. … That’s good for me to come out and be able to help our team in a bigger way.”
There is already chatter about Vincent Brown splitting 1st team reps with Malcom. I love Malcom and everything he has provided to the team, but his skill set might not fit the style of offense the Chargers are trying to run. They can get good use out of him, but I can see his playing time start to dwindle as the season goes on.
(M80 quotes via UT San Diego)