Chargers WR Malcom Floyd turned 33 on Monday, and there was plenty to celebrate before a single pass flew his way.
It was almost a year ago that the Chargers receiver was carted off the field after suffering a neck injury against the Eagles in Week 2.
There was fear that his NFL career was over — that he’d be forced out unceremoniously after nine years. But in the season opener against the Cardinals, Floyd showed that he was far from done.
The veteran had four receptions for 50 yards in the Chargers’ 18-17 loss, but shined brightest in the first series of the third quarter, when he a caught 7-yard pass on second down and 11, a 32-yard pass on third and 4, and a six-yard touchdown pass on second down to put the Chargers ahead 10-6.
Floyd is a potential pickup for leagues that play three or more WRs. He should prove to be a much more reliable target for QB Philip Rivers than what Vincent Brown was last year. With top corners potentially sticking to Keenan Allen more, Floyd could find himself a little more free.