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Injuries slowing Leonard Floyd’s integration into Bears defense

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 11:  Leonard Floyd #94 of the Chicago Bears watches from the sidelines as his teammates take on the Denver Broncos at Soldier Field on August 11, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Broncos defeated the Bears 22-0.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Bears didn’t get anything out of their 2015 first-round pick in his rookie season as wide receiver Kevin White missed the entire year with a shin injury.

Linebacker Leonard Floyd hasn’t suffered an injury that’s as severe as the one that knocked White out of the lineup, but the Bears haven’t gotten as much as they hoped from this year’s top draft pick. Floyd has dealt with a series of smaller injuries since joining the team, including the calf injury that kept him out of last week’s loss to the Colts.

Floyd has played in under 50 percent of the team’s defensive snaps, leaving coach John Fox to say that there haven’t been enough “clumps of time” with Floyd in the lineup for him to develop. Fox called that “frustrating” and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio seems to feel the same way.

“It interrupts the building of, ‘Yeah, I got that. I see that,'” Fangio said, via the Chicago Tribune. “A lot of that is feel, and then you carry it over. But if you miss an extended period of time, you lose some of that.”

Fangio compared Floyd to Aldon Smith, who saw his production steadily climb in his rookie season with the 49ers as he learned how to use a variety of approaches as a pass rusher. A similar rise from Floyd would please the Bears, but it is only going to happen if Floyd can remain on the field instead of in the trainer’s room.

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6 Responses to “Injuries slowing Leonard Floyd’s integration into Bears defense”
  1. kneedragr says: Oct 14, 2016 8:34 AM

    If Fangio keeps the bears losing, maybe he can get himself another head coaching gig when they fire Fox.

  2. mialto says: Oct 14, 2016 9:33 AM

    I’m sure this is a good talented kid, but not a top 10 pick. A stretch and unnecessary risk for a Bears team on the build.

    1st rounders should be guaranteed, like death and taxes.

  3. bassplucker says: Oct 14, 2016 9:54 AM

    In his first two drafts as Bears GM, Ryan Pace has had the #7 and #9 overall picks and neither of those guys is likely to make any impact until at least next season. That’s not good. On top of which, Floyd he’s already 24 so he’s not likely to get much bigger/stronger and his window for ROI is even tighter than normal.

    Pace is doing a great job in the later rounds finding solid starters and even potential future stars (Jordan Howard), but at the top of the draft where you’re supposed to be bringing in game-changers, so far it isn’t working out for him at all.

  4. cfos00 says: Oct 14, 2016 11:04 AM

    Do the Bears have a terrible training staff or something? It seems like we lose 5 players every single week. Not great for a team with no depth.

  5. firejerry says: Oct 14, 2016 12:09 PM

    Yet—–another wasted first round pick for da bears. Only one first round pick playing starting for the da bears from last nine drafts, that is why they are 30th in the power rankings.

  6. thevza says: Oct 14, 2016 4:14 PM

    From now on Chicago should just trade down from the first round every year and stock up on mid/late round picks. Much more likely to land players who will stay on the field-and for much cheaper.

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