Leonard Floyd moved to 7-on-7 work this week

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Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio spoke to reporters after Wednesday’s OTA practice and acknowledged “a little bit of question there of depth and depth quality” when it came to the team’s outside linebackers.

The team hoped that they’d solved one question at the position when they picked Leonard Floyd in the first round of the 2016 draft and he’s notched 12.5 sacks through two seasons, but injuries have cost him 10 games and left uncertainty about how much the Bears can count on him moving forward. Floyd ended last year on injured reserve with a knee injury and returned to 7-on-7 work this week, which will give him a chance to catch up on some missing development.

“I think it delayed his development more last year when it happened,” Fangio said, via the Chicago Tribune. “There’s no way around that. Everyone needs as many reps in practice as they can get, and he’s really anxious to do it. He has been begging the trainers and medical people to let him out there a little earlier. I think he’ll overcome it.”

The Bears parted ways with Lamarr Houston, Pernell McPhee and Willie Young this offseason, leaving Sam Acho, free agent acquisition Aaron Lynch and sixth-round pick Kylie Fitts as options to join Floyd at outside linebacker this year. If Floyd can stay healthy to lead the group, it would help answer Fangio’s questions in a positive manner.

9 responses to “Leonard Floyd moved to 7-on-7 work this week

  1. I hate ‘what-ifs’, but if Floyd can stay healthy, and Fitts can stay healthy, they could be a very good tandem.

  2. Noticed no one mentioned the stater opposite Floyd. Lynch is going to be the key to Floyd getting loose. Lynch has the ability to be a 9-10 sack guy opposite Floyd and he is great against the run.

  3. patrickvwashington says:
    May 31, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Noticed no one mentioned the stater opposite Floyd. Lynch is going to be the key to Floyd getting loose. Lynch has the ability to be a 9-10 sack guy opposite Floyd and he is great against the run.

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    I hope you’re right and I believe Fangio had a lot to do with getting this guy. This is first positive comment I have heard about Lynch, lots rumors of laziness and being injury prone.

  4. The team fired the entire strength and conditioning crew from previous years. That says a lot! I’m hoping the new people there can keep them much healthier. I believe if you look back at the last 5-6 years no other team comes close to them with the list of injured reserve.

  5. If there is ONE position Pace has dropped the ball on this off-season, it’s OLB.

    That position group could get ugly.

    Inexcusable with the Bears cap room too. I smell a trade coming in July or August.

  6. I’ve heard the same rumors about Lynch, but hopefully Fangio brings out his A-game.

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