It was only months ago that San Diego Chargers’ wide receiver Malcom Floyd was wearing a neck brace and wondering if he would ever slide a NFL helmet onto his head again.
But after being cleared for light workouts six weeks ago, Floyd announced he will “definitely” be joining his team for their first offseason workouts on Tuesday, according to Chris Wesseling of NFL.com.
In Week 2 of the 2013 season, Floyd suffered a season-ending neck injury in his teams’ matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Although he still isn’t cleared for full contact, and was just cleared for any activity, his hopes have remained high since the incident.
“There wasn’t a day where I considered I wouldn’t be able to come back,” Floyd expressed, who is currently running and performing light workouts. “I know that’s going to take a lot of hard work but I am willing to do it… Now that I’m feeling normal, I feel myself getting into beast mode. I’m ready for the season to start.”
Floyd is a large and key part to the Chargers’ passing game. His presence of a deep threat on the field allows for the team to better succeed in shorter passing plays and in the running game, an offensive system they favored in 2013.
His absence the past season left the Chargers without a deep threat, causing them to change their offensive style slightly.
The team does need a deep threat for the upcoming season to allow other players including Antonio Gates, Keenan Allen, and Danny Woodhead to come open closer to the line of scrimmage and allow their new type of offense to succeed.
With Floyd still not cleared for football activities, the team may go into the NFL Draft next month with the worst scenario in mind- that he will not return- forcing them to consider drafting a new deep threat type of receiver.
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