Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio wants to see more from first-round pick Leonard Floyd.
When asked about the pass rusher progress, 670 The Score’s Chris Emma reports Fangio’s response was harsh. “The best word has been choppy and inconsistent more from an availability standpoint,” Fangio said to Emma, referring to Floyd’s lack of preseason reps. “He’s about as ready as he can be, not if he had been all available in camp. But he’s ready to go.”
Fangio went on to say that Floyd was held out of the third preseason game because of the amount of practice he missed that week and will have a hard time with conditioning. “I don’t think he’s in the greatest condition right now,” Fangio said to Emma. “And I think for a young guy like himself, playing 60 to 70 plays in an NFL game, he’s going to find it vastly different than the 80 plays he might have played in college. OK? He’s up against men now, and he’s found that out quickly.”
Floyd said in the story that he is ready to do whatever it takes to help his team win, but he can’t feel good about his defensive coordinator’s opinion of him.
He missed some time early because of illness and a hamstring problem. The physical specimen taken with the ninth-pick of the 2016 draft, was considered a project. Specifically, he needed to gain weight and there were some concerns about his motor.
With Pernell McPhee out for six weeks the Bears need Floyd to make up the learning curve quickly to have any kind of pass rush.