Bears expecting big things from Leonard Floyd in 2017

Analyst Zach Aulakh takes a look at the 2016 season performance of Bears edge defender Leonard Floyd.

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Leonard Floyd

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Bears expecting big things from Leonard Floyd in 2017

  • Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio is hoping second-year outside linebacker Leonard Floyd will “take off” this season after a somewhat stop-start rookie campaign.
  • Fangio added that Floyd “had a nice stretch” in Weeks 10–14 last year, a span which saw the former Georgia Bulldog post the second-highest pass-rushing productivity (PRP) mark in the league.
  • Floyd recorded 24 of his 36 total QB pressures for the season in that stretch, despite missing Week 12 due to a concussion.
  • Floyd did have some struggles as a run defender, ranking 43rd out of 56 qualifying 3-4 OLBs with a run-stop percentage of 4.6.
  • This is reflected in his overall season grade of 65.1 (66th among edge defenders), but his overall PRP of 11.1 as a rookie demonstrates his potential as a pass-rusher.

Leonard Floyd pass-rushing productivity

  • crosseyedlemon

    Historically, the Bears strength has always been their ability to find good linebackers so it will be interesting to see if Floyd can break through and justify his being selected 9th overall in 2016.