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.