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Bears' top pick Leonard Floyd has a problem we'd all love to have

Bears' top pick Leonard Floyd has a problem we'd all love to have

Leonard Floyd has a problem. It’s a problem so many folks would love to have.

He has to eat. A lot. Often. And the Bears use his phone to remind him to eat. A lot. Often.

The Bears would like their No. 1 draft choice to put some weight on his 6-foot-6 frame and have tasked team dietician Jenn Gibson with helping in the process. So every couple of hours the young pass rusher from Georgia gets a prompt alarm on his phone that he is supposed to eat.

“I’ve got prompts set up on my phone of times in the day that I’m supposed to eat, making sure I eat at those time when I get the alarm,” Floyd said as the Bears’ three-day minicamp wrapped up on Sunday.

He can eat shakes, sandwiches, pretty much anything.

“As long as I eat a lot of it,” Floyd said, laughing.

The Bears ultimately do not care what Floyd weighs, as long as his weight lands on quarterbacks and running backs on a weekly basis. Floyd was considered by some to be a reach for the Bears at No. 9 overall in part because of limited college production and his mass for the NFL game.

But “the weight thing’s not a big thing with me,” said defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. “He’s going to weigh somewhere between 230 and 235. That’s just what he’s going to weigh. We knew that before we drafted him. So it’s not an issue. We knew that and that’s a fact and that’s what he is.”

While the Bears are looking to expand his eating habits and quantities, they are going decidedly the opposite direction with what they want of him on the field.

Floyd’s college sack numbers in particular were pedestrian in some measure because his Georgia coaches utilized the full spectrum of his talents, assigning him to cover receivers down the field, sometimes play inside on the defensive line and occasionally even rush quarterbacks.

Now Floyd’s role will be simplified, to an extent, in that he will be an outside linebacker with obvious rush assignments in an NFL that approaches 60-percent pass. There will be occasional pass-drops, but the overall job simplification has already made a difference in how Floyd plays.

“It’s going to help me a lot only focusing on one thing, because I’m used to focusing on more than one,” Floyd said. “Focusing on one position really helps me a lot.

“I was playing a whole lot faster (this weekend), just having to worry about my one position and my keys. It’s allowed me to play fast.”

Bears still have much to prove after disappointing loss to Patriots

Bears still have much to prove after disappointing loss to Patriots


 Beating the, arguably, best coach and quarterback pairing in NFL history is a difficult enough task. Trying to do it while allowing two touchdowns on special teams? Good luck. 
 
The Bears will leave Soldier Field frustrated with their 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday for a number of reasons, but top of the list will be Cordarrelle Patterson’s 95-yard kickoff return score and a blocked Pat O’Donnell punt that was raced into the end zone by Kyle Van Noy. A special teams unit that had been solid all year — and forced a fumble on a Patterson kickoff return in the first quarter Sunday — suddenly became a disaster, allowing an uncharacteristically undisciplined Patriots side back into the game, and then ahead in it. 
 
Add in an inaccurate game from Mitch Trubisky — who completed 26 of 50 passes for 333 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions — and an uneventful afternoon for Khalil Mack and the pass rush, and the Bears had to scratch and claw to hang with New England. 
 
Interestingly, after all week hearing from Bears coaches and players about how they couldn’t let the Patriots take them out of their own game, it felt like Bill Belichick and Tom Brady did exactly that. Mack frequently dropped into coverage — but so did Leonard Floyd, so maybe it wasn’t all about Mack’s injured ankle. While Brady frequently got the ball out quick, when he didn’t he was rarely pressured. 
 
And on offense, Taylor Gabriel had the same number of targets (one) as offensive lineman Bradley Sowell until midway through the fourth quarter. Trubisky dazzled with his legs, covering over 70 yards on an eight-yard touchdown run and dancing his way to a 39-yard scramble that set up a touchdown in the third quarter. 
 
But Trubisky’s struggles were clear, with the second-year quarterback throwing two ill-advised passes that should’ve been picked off in the end zone and then underthrowing Anthony Miller in the fourth quarter, allowing Patriots safety Jonathan Jones to make a tremendous interception. New England drove 96 yards after that pick into the end zone, with Brady taking apart a defense that missed two tackles on a 55-yarder to Josh Gordon, extinguishing any hope the Bears had of a comeback.
 
While Trubisky did lead a scoring drive after Adrian Amos assisted Kyle Fuller for an interception, cutting the deficit to seven. And Trubisky nearly pulled off a miracle with a Hail Mary to Kevin White, which was completed just shy of the end zone. 
 
The loss dropped the Bears to 3-3 and heaps plenty of pressure on Matt Nagy’s side to win seemingly-winnable games in the next three weeks: At home against the New York Jets, on the road against the Buffalo Bills and at home against the Detroit Lions. But then again: When the Jets come to town next weekend, it’ll have been nearly a month since the Bears’ last win. How the Bears fare over these next three games will be a clear window into if this team is a legitimate contender or one that faded after a strong start. 

WATCH: Mitchell Trubisky runs like Michael Vick for 8-yard touchdown

WATCH: Mitchell Trubisky runs like Michael Vick for 8-yard touchdown

The New England Patriots defense wasn’t giving Mitchell Trubisky many options through the air, so he decided to take matters into his own hands at Soldier Field.

The young quarterback’s legs were the Bears’ most-effective weapon in the first quarter, as Trubisky led the team with 35 rushing yards on four carries in the opening period of play.

He capped it off with an eight-yard touchdown scramble that had him looking like Michael Vick on the field.

The Bears will need to have a more well-rounded offensive attack to keep up with teams like the Patriots, but Trubisky found what was working in the first quarter.

Perhaps most importantly, he’s been smart and safe with his running, opting to slide and go to the ground on his big plays to avoid any big hits.

His legs continue to make this offense more dynamic, to keep up with top-notch opponents like New England.