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Earlier this summer, Malcom Floyd announced that he is considering retiring after the 2015 season. This will be the final year of his current contract.  Floyd will turn 34 at the start of the regular season.  While still young enough to keep playing, Floyd worries about injuries limiting his ability to be there for his four children.

Floyd’s first touchdown catch was special! Not only because it was his first career catch, but it was also Phillip Rivers’ first career touchdown pass.  It makes you wonder who got to kept that ball!  It appears that his last career touchdown pass will also come from Rivers.

Chargers fans will never forget the moment in 2013 against the Philadelphia Eagles, when he laid on the ground for several minutes after a big hit on an incomplete pass.  The players from the Chargers and the Eagles circled around him before he was put on a stretcher due to a serious neck injury. The injury happened in week two and kept him out for the rest of the season.

Coming off the injury from 2013, Floyd played all 16 games in 2014 and had the best season of his career.  He totaled 856 yards and six touchdowns.  M-80 is a crowd favorite since he has played his whole career with the San Diego Chargers.  At 6’5″, he has made some incredible catches with only one fumble throughout his career. He is a mentor to the young receivers on the team, like Keenan Allen. Much of his Floyd’s success in 2014 came without the benefit of a solid running game. Danny Woodhead and Ryan Matthews were sidelined with injuries throughout the season.  Rivers had to take to the air more and Floyd, along with the core Chargers wide receivers, responded well to the challenge.

With the drafting of rookie running back Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead being healthy, the running game should be improved over last year.  The team should be able to run more and not leave it to Rivers to get it done in the air.  Floyd may not have the numbers he had in 2014, but his presence will still be felt on the field and in the locker room.  He will be a great mentor to Keenan Allen, who is entering his third season.

As a 12-year veteran, Floyd will help prepare Stevie Johnson and Jacoby Jones, who both signed with the Chargers this summer. Johnson was lost in the shuffle last season in San Francisco but had three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons in Buffalo from 2010 to 2012. Jones is a veteran wide receiver from the Baltimore Ravens who was was mainly drafted for return duties. The Chargers have not had a return for a touchdown since 2012.

If this is indeed Floyd’s last season, he will continue to play with heart and passion. He was plagued with injuries throughout his career.  In his eleven years with the Chargers, Floyd has only played all 16 games in 2009 and 2014.  Since 2009, excluding the 2013 season, he averaged 804 yards, 17.5 yards per reception and five touchdowns.

Floyd will be on pace for 800 yards and four touchdowns again this year.  Hopefully the injury bug does not come back to bite him again in 2015.  This fear lead him to his retirement consideration. He would be a huge loss for the Chargers.  If he ends up with another season like 2014, he just might reconsider his decision.  If not, the player lovingly known as M-80 will forever be in the hearts of Chargers fans.

 

Laura Leech

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