When Chargers wideout Malcom Floyd was hurt against the Philadelphia Eagles, hope in San Diego was that the injury wouldn’t be season-ending.
Floyd, after all, was coming off one of the most productive years of his career. His 14 starts and 56 receptions in 2012 were career highs, and his 814 receiving yards and five touchdowns were each the second most of his nine-year career.
Following Danario Alexander’s season-ending ACL injury in training camp, Floyd was supposed to be the Chargers’ lone deep threat and was being counted on to anchor a young wide receiving corps. However, hopes for another productive year were shattered last week when he was placed on injured reserve.
Now, it’s up to third-year wide receiver Vincent Brown and rookie Keenan Allen to fill the void left by Alexander and now, Floyd. And so far, they’ve responded.
Against the Oakland Raiders last week, the two crossed the hallowed century mark in single-game receiving yards for the first time in their respective careers (Brown had eight receptions for 117 yards; Allen had six catches for 115 yards).
“That was a perfect example, (Sunday) night, of those two young players doing some good things,” head coach Mike McCoy said. “They made the most of their opportunities and we’re going to build off of that.”
In the last two games, the Chargers’ young wide receivers have totaled 353 receiving yards on 26 receptions.