Leonard Floyd’s “hands have come alive”

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Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd has 11.5 sacks in his first two NFL seasons, but that number could have be higher if he had not missed 10 games due to injuries.

It also could have been higher if Floyd had a more versatile bag of tricks to use to get past offensive linemen. Floyd showed a flash of something different in last week’s preseason opener when he got pressure on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton by using inside moves on a couple of plays.

Outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley said that it’s been easy to see Floyd’s improvement on the hand fighting front after he spent some of the offseason doing boxing training.

“His hands have come alive,” Staley said, via the Chicago Tribune. “I think that was always, to me when I got here, the missing piece with him — just being able to use his speed, use his length and attack these guys with his hands. I think that he still has got a long way to go, but he’s coming. You can see it.”

The Bears have plenty of questions about how they are going to apply pressure on quarterbacks this season. The wait for answers to those questions will be easier to take if Floyd is both healthy and a bigger threat as a pass rusher than he’s been the last two years.

10 responses to “Leonard Floyd’s “hands have come alive”

  1. The best news for this Bears fan so far? Training camp done, two games played and no serious injuries. The replacement of the prior training staff was two years overdue but is paying big dividends.

  2. bassplucker says:
    August 16, 2018 at 12:10 pm
    The best news for this Bears fan so far? Training camp done, two games played and no serious injuries. The replacement of the prior training staff was two years overdue but is paying big dividends.

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    ionlyrootforthewinningteam says:
    August 16, 2018 at 12:48 pm
    Common sense would be to not talk about something like the negative nancy guy above.

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    How is he being a negative nancy? I hear optimism in his comment – and he’s right that the injuries have been bad enough over the last 3 years that I was very happy to see the training staff overhauled. Some of it was bad luck yes. In order to develop young talent you need to play – can’t play if you’re hurt.

  3. Temper your wxpectations…we are talking about the Bears, one of the worst franchises in the NFL after all.

  4. How is he being a negative nancy? I hear optimism in his comment – and he’s right that the injuries have been bad enough over the last 3 years that I was very happy to see the training staff overhauled. Some of it was bad luck yes. In order to develop young talent you need to play – can’t play if you’re hurt.

    Clearly you’re new around these parts, if you look back at posts from Bassplucker for the past 3-4 years 90% of his posts are negative and/or complaining. We have played two preseason games and no one has gotten hurt. No reason to celebrate, but it is nice to know we have new strength and conditioning staff. Mums the word on injuries and no one should know that better than negative nancy bassplucker.

  5. ionlyrootforthewinningteam says:
    August 16, 2018 at 3:34 pm
    How is he being a negative nancy? I hear optimism in his comment – and he’s right that the injuries have been bad enough over the last 3 years that I was very happy to see the training staff overhauled. Some of it was bad luck yes. In order to develop young talent you need to play – can’t play if you’re hurt.

    Clearly you’re new around these parts, if you look back at posts from Bassplucker for the past 3-4 years 90% of his posts are negative and/or complaining. We have played two preseason games and no one has gotten hurt. No reason to celebrate, but it is nice to know we have new strength and conditioning staff. Mums the word on injuries and no one should know that better than negative nancy bassplucker.

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    Nope not new just don’t follow everyones last word or comment. Arrow is pointing up bassplucker

  6. Actually I would like to see a Pace #1 pick play the whole season or be better than average. White is a bust. Floyd has been injured and average when he plays. Trubisky is ??????, we will see after this year.

  7. It would be about time for Leonard. As Bear fans we can hope he stays healthy and hope the Bears can come up with someone on the other side. Maybe Fitts, I can only hope. Arron Lynch has been a total waste of time so far. Not practiced at all since camp opened. Hey Ryan? Your opinion means nothing and you will eat your words.

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