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How Did Malcom Floyd Feel in First Game Back?

Posted Aug 11, 2014

The wide receiver saw his first pro-football game action in 11 months.

When wide receiver Malcom Floyd ran out of the tunnel Thursday night during the Chargers’ first preseason game against the Cowboys, the crowd at Qualcomm Stadium erupted.While the fans couldn’t withhold their excitement, M-80 also had a hard time keeping his emotions in check.

“It felt good coming out of the tunnel,” he said.  “I was very excited out there. I just had to contain myself.”

Floyd was medically cleared this offseason after sustaining a serious neck injury in week two of the 2013 season.  He hasn’t missed a beat all training camp,      participating in practices day after day.  If there is a highlight reel play made on the field, there’s a good chance Floyd is the man making it.

Floyd’s teammates have acted as cheerleaders for the receiver during camp, and the veteran said getting back on the field with them at Qualcomm was an unforgettable experience.

“To get back with (Antonio) Gates and Philip (Rivers) and the whole team again, it felt like it was yesterday,” he said.  “But it just felt great to get back on the field and get some contact going.”

While Floyd was held without a catch in Thursday’s debut, playing just one series with the rest of the starters, he still made an impact by drawing a pass interference call in the end zone. Overall, he was thrilled to see the hard work he and his first-series teammates put in during camp pay off on game day.

“We moved the ball pretty well, everyone was in good shape,” he said.  “I think Coach McCoy did a great job of us practicing and getting our (endurance up) throughout this training camp.  I’m just very happy with how things are going right now.”

As for his own progress, Floyd said he’s taking it one game at a time. 

“(The goal is) to keep getting better and to focus.  I’m still trying to shake the rust off but I’m just very happy to just be back with my teammates.  I’m embracing the whole situation right now and looking forward to contributing to my team.”

Up next for Floyd and the Chargers is in the Pacific Northwest at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.  He sees Friday’s game as a test for the Chargers.  Who better to gauge your progress against than the defending world champions?

“(We’re) going out there to gauge where we are as a team,” he said.  “They’re a good team.  They’re the Super Bowl champs and we’re very excited to go out there and compete against them and see where we are.”

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