Former UGA LB Leonard Floyd 'ready to go' for Bears camp coming off season-ending injury
Former Georgia defender Leonard Floyd has had two solid, albeit unspectacular seasons for the Chicago Bears after leaving Athens following the 2016 season. It’s not as if Floyd isn’t capable of living up to his lofty draft selection, he was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, but injuries have forced him to miss action in both of his NFL seasons.
Now heading into camp without limitation following his season-ending November knee injury, Floyd is eager to prove his value to the Bears defense.
“I feel great,” Floyd said according to Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times. “I’ve been up here the whole offseason, working hard, trying to get back in shape, trying to get my leg right so I can be ready for the season. I’m ready to get to training camp, put the pads on and see how I do.”
While Floyd’s knee is said to be around 100 percent, Chicago head coach Matt Nagy understands that coming back from injuries of that nature are often as mental as they are physical. The Bears just completed a veteran mini-camp, in which Floyd participated in, prior to the start of July’s full-team training camp.
“I think the biggest thing when you run into a knee issue like that is just having the trust in the knee,” Nagy said, “and how it’s going to be with some of the different stunts and rushes that you have — the drops.
Already well on his way to making a successful return, the former Georgia standout is taking his rehab day by day without looking too far ahead. Here’s what Floyd had to say when asked about his mental outlook for the 2018 season.
“I’m just trying to get better every day,” Floyd answered. “I’m not thinking that far into the future.”