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Can Floyd fill void ?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Chargers need wideout to assume No. 1 role, but that might be asking too much

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    By Matt Williamson
    Scouts Inc.
    7-9-2010

    Without going too in depth about Vincent Jackson's current situation, it is fair to say that much more will be expected from Malcom Floyd this year if the Chargers are to sustain close to the same level of production from their dangerous passing game.
    Of course, Antonio Gates' role should expand as well with Jackson out of the lineup, but so will the attention that opponents give to the star tight end. Gates had foot problems last season that apparently have carried over to the offseason, although neither the Chargers nor Gates seems to be particularly worried.

    Scouts Inc. Pressure Point

    I do contend that Philip Rivers is now firmly in the top half-dozen quarterbacks in the league. At this stage of his development, Rivers is ready to escalate the play of his receivers around him -- as great quarterbacks do. This is especially true with Rivers' exceptional deep passing, which will complement Floyd's deep abilities well.
    Legedu Naanee could step up if he finds himself in a starting role. Naanee is big, will go over the middle with conviction and simply catches everything thrown his way. But any way you slice it, Floyd is going to have to step up his game, and like Gates, he too will be getting extra attention when Jackson is sidelined with his suspension and/or holdout.
    Is Floyd capable of acting as a No. 1 wide receiver? I do like his game. He has excellent size and can go up and get the football. He has a wide catching radius and soft hands. He is a formidable red zone target and his touchdown reception numbers should increase going forward. Floyd has developed well lately and should continue to improve in all facets of his game. He is also an excellent blocker who can help spring Ryan Mathews or Darren Sproles for big runs. But he caught more than three passes in only three games last season. Overall, I don't think Floyd is the guy you want as the top option at wide receiver.
    Floyd has build-up speed. That isn't to say he isn't fast, but he is a long strider who isn't especially quick. He can get downfield, but he isn't sudden or explosive. That can hinder him coming out of his breaks and as an overall route runner. I worry that as the top wideout, he will struggle to get away from the No. 1 cornerbacks, especially in his division -- namely Brandon Flowers, Champ Bailey and Nnamdi Asomugha. That is a murderer's row of cover men and clearly a far more difficult group to elude through his routes than the second corner on NFC West defenses.
    There is no shame in it, but to me, Floyd is the ideal guy to be opposite of a stud wideout -- a guy like Jackson.


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  2. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    Q: Can Floyd fill void ?

    A: No.
     
  3. chargerlipz

    chargerlipz Leading the league in nose hairs.

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    Well, if anything, at least we now know that Floyd rhymes with void. That might come in useful in the future.

    Either way it should still be Floyd's best year statistically. Just because of the increase of passes thrown his way.

    Fill the void? It sure would be nice if he does.
     
  4. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    It would be sweet if it just starts clicking Buster Davis.
     
  5. Alpenbolt

    Alpenbolt BoltTalker

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    No. Floyd is a number 2 by nature and demeanor.

    I have bashed on Buster like no one else but something tells me 600 yards is coming his way this year. Legoland 500. Floyd 800. Banks 350.
     
  6. Joy Division

    Joy Division Slightly-known Member

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    M80 is only getting better with a hall of fame coach teaching him "the game". He will be going up against pro bowl db's in about half his starts and when you go up against the best, it elevates your game.

    As far as the void goes...let v.j. sit there and watch his replacement catch pass after pass...Floyd understands the simple concept of stock value. While Malcom is making those catches, his stock will go up. Meanwhile Jackson will be firing his agent and looking for....a replacement.
     
  7. Chargers-Superhero

    Chargers-Superhero Just win the Damn SB !!!

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    Agreed. :yes:
     
  8. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Probably not but having two #2 receivers in him and Davis plus Legedu plus Antonio Gates should be more then sufficient
     
  9. Boltergeist

    Boltergeist BoltTalker

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    Brandon Flowers is part of a murderers row of AFCW cover men? pfffttt.
     
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  10. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Chiefs fans say the same thing about him that we did about Jammer, he's a safety trying to play CB.
     

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