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Floyd Reflects on Playing with Rivers, Gates
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Malcom Floyd knows he’s lucky. Sure he’s worked his way from practice squad player early in his career to a reliable starter on potent offenses, but it’s much more than that.
“It’s special that I’ve been able to play with Rivers and Gates,” he said. “My sons are three and one, and they are young, but it makes me happy knowing they get to see it. They see daddy playing the game with two guys who mean a lot to him. They don’t get it right now obviously, but in a few years they will realize what their daddy has done and achieved and the greats he played with that helped him accomplish all he’s been able to.”
Everyone knows the relationship Floyd has with Rivers as the duo has been a lethal connection for a number of years.
“I’ve been real fortunate to have him be my quarterback for my career,” he said. “He throws the best ball in the NFL. He knows how to lay it in there. I pretty much know where it’s going to go and if I run my route right, he will put it right on me. He’s an excellent leader. He’s been to numerous Pro Bowls and I’m just trying to play at his level.”
However, what fans may not realize is how much Floyd looks up to Rivers off the field and how he has influenced him in becoming a better father.
“I look up to Philip,” he said. “He’s a great father and I try to take what I can from him and the way he treats his kids. He’s really there for them, and that’s how I am with my kids. So I try to take what I can from him and incorporate it into my family.”
After years running the same offense, Floyd now has to learn a new offense run by head coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. Luckily for the 31-year old wideout, he has someone in Rivers who can answer any questions he may have.
“(Learning the playbook has) been good because Philip is a great leader,” he said. “If you have any questions he is there for you and he’ll break it down into detail. I’ve been lucky to have a real sharp quarterback mentally.”
Floyd also realized he’s been lucky to play alongside one of the greatest tight ends the NFL has ever seen. It’s because of Gates that Floyd believes he’s been able to have a long and productive career to date.
“I owe Gates for a lot for the success I’ve experienced,” he said. “Gates gets double covered so that leaves me in single coverage where I can work one-on-one. So I’ve been lucky to have him on my side. We’ll split him out, line him outside where he can line up like a wide receiver and run slants just like a wide receiver. And then he does his thing inside. So he is so versatile and so good. I’ve been fortunate.”
Last year, Gates became the franchise’s all-time leader for career touchdown catches with 83 scores. Unfortunately for Floyd, he missed that game due to an ankle injury that forced him to go on the Reserve-Injured list for the final two weeks.
“When I watched him score it I wished I was there to jump on his back, but it made me so happy that he did it,” said Floyd. “I’m just so happy that I’ve been with a Hall-of-Famer in Antonio Gates for all these years.”
Now, entering a new season with a new coaching staff, Floyd looks forward to having another strong season alongside two long-time friends and teammates. That all begins on Thursday when the San Diego Chargers host the Seattle Seahawks to open the preseason. Click here to purchase tickets.