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Malcom Floyd Hungry for a Championship
Malcom Floyd is the author of a feel good story.
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Signing with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2004, he spent most of his first two seasons on the practice squad before earning a permanent place on the 53-man roster. From there, he worked hard to establish himself as a reliable starter in this league, and last year put together his best season to date, earning team Offensive Player of the Year honors with a career-high 56 catches, 814 yards and five touchdowns.
Still, Floyd is driven by one thing; a Super Bowl title
“I want to get a ring,” he said passionately following Wednesday’s mini camp practice. “It’s been so frustrating because we haven’t been to the playoffs in so long. I especially want to do it for my teammates. I want to do it with Philip (Rivers) and (Antonio) Gates. We’ve been through it together, and they are who I am really playing for. Before it’s all said and done I want us to get a ring together.”
Floyd has watched the NBA Finals over the past week between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, and the series has intensified his desire to win a championship.
“I’ve been watching the (basketball) games and you don’t understand what it feels like to want to win this badly,” he said. “I see those guys playing for a championship. You see LeBron James taking over games and how he plays for his team. That’s what I want here. We encourage each other just like that, and it’s getting us one step closer to that trophy.”
The tall 6-foot-5,225-pound receiver is one of the best deep threats in the game. Over the last five years, he ranks third in the league with 17.4 yards per catch. Still, that doesn’t mean he’s done tinkering with his game. Floyd credits the new coaching staff for teaching him new techniques that he looks forward to adding to his repertoire.
“I’ve been getting coached more than I ever have,” he said. “They are focusing on my technique and the details. I wish I knew this stuff earlier in my career. I feel like I’m getting a lot better as a receiver coming out of my breaks and we’ve been working on little things like that. I feel like it’s been carrying over and I’ve been making more plays at receiver during practice than ever before.”
In addition to the coaches’ advice, Floyd is busy adding bits and pieces from his teammates’ arsenal of moves. The Chargers boast a talented group of wide receivers, and while there is inherently a competition for both playing time and a spot on the team, Floyd said they are working together to both learn the system and improve each other’s game.
“We’re pretty deep at receiver, and we’re all helping each other out and encouraging each other,” he said. “Now there’s always competition. It’s a performance based job. But at the same time, I want whoever is the best in there. Like I said, we’re trying to get a ring. But also we are learning from each other. I look at Vincent Brown run routes, and I took some of his stuff like his little double moves. I see DA (Danario Alexander) and the way he leans on defensive backs and how he gets out of his breaks, so I take bits and pieces of that too. I take parts of all these different receivers and add them into my game.”
Now, Floyd is ready to build off his career-year in 2012 with an even better 2013 season.
“I feel awesome,” he said. “I feel better than I ever have in my career. It’s the best I’ve ever felt. I’m just trying to take care of my body and everything will take off from there. I’m learning all these new details and getting better. I just want to win a Super Bowl, and I’m very excited about this upcoming year.”