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Floyd the Leader

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Buck Melanoma, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. Buck Melanoma

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    CHARGERS: Veteran Floyd lends helping hand to new receivers
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    Lenny Ignelzi
    Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd is now the veteran member of the Chargers receiving corps. He has been a boost in helping newcomers Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem get acclimated the San Diego offense. LENNY IGNELZI | Associated Press

    SAN DIEGO ---- It's never easy being the new guys.
    But for newcomers Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem, the transition to life as a Chargers wide receiver has been smooth, thanks to veteran mainstay Malcom Floyd.
    Besides second-year man Vincent Brown, Floyd is the only holdover receiver for the Chargers. And though his role on the field won't change, his aid in the development of his new teammates has become invaluable.
    "Malcom has been great," Royal said of his new teammate. "He's the guy that's been around here the longest out of our group, and he's done a great job of helping all of us new guys out with the little ins and outs of the offense.
    "He's meant a lot to us."
    Entering his ninth season in the league, Floyd has spent his entire career in San Diego after signing as an undrafted rookie in April 2004. After two early stints on the Chargers' practice squad, Floyd has been a consistent weapon for the team's offense since 2006.
    "He's been huge," Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said. "They've leaned on him to help them learn the offense and the way things go here. Communication is key, and I know Malcom has been big as far as passing things along when they get out there and get lined up.
    "He's been here, he's seen a lot of things over nine years."
    After losing wideout Vincent Jackson in free agency to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Chargers replaced him by signing New Orleans free agent Meachem on the same day. The 27-year old, a first-round draft pick of the Saints in 2007, is embracing his new role with the Chargers, but he understands that the process of getting acclimated to a new system and new quarterback will take a while.
    "Right now is all about learning new stuff," Meachem said. "(It's) learning the playbook, learning the way Philip thinks, learning how each other works.
    "Malcom helps out a whole lot with that."
    Two days after signing Meachem, the Chargers signed Royal away from the Denver Broncos. The speedster joined the Chargers after four years with their divisional rival.
    In September 2008, when he was a rookie, Royal caught a fourth-down touchdown pass and the game-winning two-point conversion in a game that became infamous for a blown call by referee Ed Hochuli. A year later, Royal had a 93-yard kickoff return and 71-yard punt return for touchdowns en route to a 34-23 Chargers defeat on a Monday night in San Diego.
    Royal is looking to continue his success, and he'll probably be used on special teams and out of the slot in third-down situations. In the meantime, he knows who to turn to while working through the growing pains of learning a new system.
    "We're building chemistry as a team right now. We got a lot of new faces here, and I'm one of them," Royal said. "But Malcom is just the guy that, in the huddle, when you hear a call that you don't really understand, you turn to him, and he'll tell you exactly what you got to do."
    For Floyd, however, it's all just another part of the job.
    "I've been here for a while already, so I've got a good sense of the playbook, but we're still working out some wrinkles here," he said. "So yeah, whenever guys have questions, I'm there for them.
    "I'm always there to help."


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    Frankly, I'm glad that VJ moved on.
     
  2. Dublin Bolt

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    Is that your comment or the writers Buck?. I agree with that statement no matter who wrote it.
     
  3. Buck Melanoma

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    Mine :)
     
  4. Ikeman83

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    I might feel the same way depending on how VJ, Meachem, and Royal play this season, and whether or not Floyd gets his annual injury.
     
  5. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    I may be wrong, but VJ strikes me as being all about getting paid. Now that he has gotten paid, I wonder if he will perform at the same level. He'll have Josh Freeman to work with now instead of Philip, so we'll see.
     
  6. boltssbbound

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    Clearly, VJ was looking for a payday, like most players at his level. But the guy worked his azz off while he was here, and worked hard at things that don't make you millions--like blocking on running plays. I don't think anyone ever questioned VJ's commitment or work ethic while he was here, just his judgement in regards to driving while drunk/on a suspended license.
     
  7. Ikeman83

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    Drew Brees strikes me as being all about getting paid, however he's also a SB winning QB. Whether we "miss VJ" or not isn't only dependent on VJ's performance. When JJ left, the reason we didn't miss him wasn't because he didn't ever do anything anywhere else, it was because Chandler came in and was amazing. If VJ does turn out to suck on a team without Rivers, it won't matter to this team's W/L record unless that's accompanied by a corresponding improvement of our WR corps.
     
  8. Buck Melanoma

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    And I believe that we have made that improvement.

    We've retained Floyd,who arguably has the best hands in our WR corps. Staying healthy is his main issue.

    Meachem will perform given reps & a QB like Rivers. He can stretch the field with his speed.

    Royal is going to add a missing dimension to the slot position & offers McCluster-like abilities.

    Green is a tall target with good speed/hands.

    Brown will have the benefit of a full off-season.

    Sounds like Rosario is going to help at the TE position.
     
  9. Ikeman83

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    Like I've said, I'm also inclined to believe that we've made that improvement, but the improvement (or lack thereof) will be what shapes our views on the Jackson departure, and not Jackson's production in TB.
     
  10. Buck Melanoma

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    Agreed. I could care less about his production in TB or if he is just in it for a big payday. If I implied that his production in TB is a measurement of the success/improvement of SD's receiving unit, then it was unintended.

    He's not in a Bolts uni & is now of no concern to me except when we play them.

    Or if he injures someone while driving drunk.
     
  11. Lance19

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    If a guy performs well, in Bolts, I don't care if he's doing it because he's in it
    for the Benjamins, wants to get right with Allah, or is trying to impress Jodie Foster.
    Just make those catches!!
     
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  12. Ikeman83

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    I like it best when players play because they want to be great, but I think, like you, that ultimately a player's motivation is irrelevant, as long as he's productive.
     
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  13. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Lets not forget about charlie Joiner, who just a couple years ago was working with guys off the street and getting them ready to play on Sunday from Monday. Floyd is just some fine icing on the cake on the field and the interpreter between Philip and the new guys.
     
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