Could Malcom Floyd Be The Missing Link To A Super Bowl

By Matt Pagels
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MANNING THE NO. 2 SPOT

Malcom Floyd has never been a “pro-bowl” caliber player. He’s a name you rarely consider in your “star wide receiver” group. His 10 career 100-yard games (nine if you deduct the 200-yard game he had in 2010) is nothing spectacular, and he’s never broke 1,000 yards. Keenan Allen already has five 100-yard games (six if you include the playoffs) and went over 1,000 yards, and he’s not even in his second year. But that’s fine since Floyd doesn’t need to be that guy. He is a fine compliment to a No. 1 receiver.

It took a while for Floyd to escape from the shadows and show his potential, as injuries/crowded depth chart went against him. In 2007, former Dolphins receiver Chris Chambers was traded to the Chargers for a 2008 second-rounder to start alongside Jackson. Floyd was only able to play in six games, sitting behind Jackson, Chambers and Craig Davis on the depth chart (and don’t forget Eric Parker, who originally was starting with Keenan McCardell/Jackson in 2006, had been placed on IR).

2009 could be considered Floyd’s “breakout year,” if you take into account the amount of playing time/targets he began to receive. Floyd played in all 16 games starting in nine, and his targets rapidly increased after he took over for Chambers halfway through the season (averaged 6.6 targets per game in final 12 games). He was officially named the starter opposite Jackson on Nov. 1, 2009, week 8 against the Oakland Raiders. Subsequently, Chambers was released on Nov. 2, 2009. According to Norv Turner via Bleacher Report, he was released due to the emergence of Floyd. From then on, Floyd became the sugar to Jackson’s Kool-aid.

When paired with the ex-Charger, Jackson posted three 1,000-yard seasons, hauling in 37 touchdowns in six seasons (2006-11) with Floyd by his side majority of the time. Not taking anything away from the elite Jackson, but Floyd HELPED Jackson flourish by creating mismatches/taking away double-teams, allowing Jackson to post big numbers. During 2008-11, Jackson caught 201 balls compared to Floyd’s 152.

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