Malcom Floyd’s swan song started last Thursday night against the Dallas Cowboys.
It was an uneventful night on the stat sheet, but it was an important night nonetheless for the Chargers 12-year veteran wide receiver.
It was the first of his last 10 games at Qualcomm Stadium.
Floyd intends to retire after the 2015 season, wrapping up a long and somewhat unfortunate career. Marred by injuries for the majority of it, Floyd’s tenure with the Chargers illustrates just how valuable a player he is when healthy.
Last season, his eleventh in the NFL, Floyd played in all 16 games for the first time in his career.
At age 33, he recorded 52 receptions for 856 yards and six touchdowns. He was one of four Chargers to have more than 700 yards receiving, the others being Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates, and the now departed Eddie Royal.
But even as his 34th birthday approaches in September, Floyd has looked his usual self in training camp, making catch after catch with his unique blend of finesse and athleticism.
“I’m getting older but it feels like I’m younger as far as performance,” Floyd said jokingly. “I’m getting in and out of my breaks faster than ever so it’s been awesome. “
With the additions of Stevie Johnson and Jacoby Jones, Floyd will be a part of another strong receiving corps in 2015. The group could be among the NFL’s best this season.
“We just already gelled together as a receiving group,” Floyd said. “Instantly brothers.”
His calm, confident demeanor, coupled with his experience, will play a crucial role in the Chargers success this season. Floyd is the consummate team player and well respected in the locker room. His presence will be missed after this season. But, until its time to hang it up, Floyd is focused on having his best season yet.
“My mindset right now is just going all in for my teammates and not having any regrets, not holding anything back, or leave anything back on the field,” Floyd said. “I got to do that for my young guys as well as my leaders in Philip (Rivers) and (Antonio) Gates. “
The beginning of the end is here.
Now its time to sit back and enjoy the ride.
–Andrew Burer (TWITTER: @andrewburer)