Exclusive Interview! Malcom Floyd, Part II

In 2006, LaDainian Tomlinson scorched opposing defenses to the tune of 31 touchdowns and 2,323 yards from scrimmage. This season, Malcom Floyd and his fellow receivers are aiming to ease the burden of the reigning MVP. With the addition of Craig Davis, the development of Vincent Jackson and the tutelage of Norv Turner, Floyd is confident the receiving corps can get the job done.

Malcom Floyd showed signs of breaking out last season. He finished with 15 catches for 210 yards and three scores despite missing the final four games of the regular season with an ankle injury. However, the time for development is over. Floyd is being counted on to put up numbers and help the team's rookies adapt to the pro game.

"All of our receivers have a lot of positives," Floyd said. "I think all of our receivers have a chance to be Pro Bowl-type guys. Any one of us can have a big game at any time, because our offense has talent all over the place."

Floyd's optimism is shared by few pundits. The Chargers' receiving unit is widely recognized as the weak link of the offense. Tight end Antonio Gates and running back LaDainian Tomlinson are the top two targets in the passing game. Also, veteran Keenan McCardell was released in the offseason, leaving this inexperienced group even greener.

Where the critics see inexperience, Floyd sees opportunity. An unsettled receiving rotation means more opportunity for playing time. Additionally, whoever ends up on the field will benefit from the extra attention given to Gates and Tomlinson.

"It's fun just to be able to watch L.T. Defenses are not going to be able to stop him, but when they load up against the run the rest of us have to be able to make plays," Floyd said. "Playing with L.T. makes you want to bring your ‘A' game."

The hiring of Norv Turner should also hasten Floyd's development. Turner is an offensive guru who is diversifying the team's passing attack, and Coach has big plans for the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Floyd.

"Coach Turner is really down to earth," he said. "He knows what he is talking about, because he is one of the originators of our offense. He's already taught me different ways you can read a defense. He's been working on specific parts of out offense, whether it's two-minute, third-down, red zone, whatever. We're taking our offense from last year and we keep building and building."

Lightning Quick: This interview is the second installment of a two-part interview with Floyd. Click here to read the first installment.


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