Bears’ Leonard Floyd claims to feel ‘very different’ after going through healthy offseason
Chicago Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd isn’t used to being healthy, but now, for the first time in his career, he has had a fully healthy offseason and is also coming off of a season in which he played 16 games for the first time.
Floyd says things have felt very different without having to deal with an injury:
“Being violent and just going out with a mindset of getting to the quarterback,” Floyd said of what he has been working on, according to Brad Biggs of The Chicago Tribune. “I have to sharpen my tools. It’s been very different because I have been able to train and do all of the things with no limitations this spring. I believe I was playing my best football during the second half of last year after I really got over my hand injury. I felt like I was playing a lot better and I am looking forward to this year and just building off of that.”
The 26-year-old registered 47 tackles, four sacks, an interception, a fumble recovery, four passes defended and a defensive touchdown in 2018.
Floyd, who played his collegiate football at the University of Georgia, was originally selected by the Bears with the ninth overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.
He played in just 12 games during his rookie year due to various injuries, finishing with 33 tackles, seven sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a defensive score.
Then, in 2017, Floyd appeared in only 10 contests as a result of a knee injury and totaled 34 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.