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Here are aspects Bears sophomores honed in their first pro offseason

Here are aspects Bears sophomores honed in their first pro offseason
Published On: Mon, Jul 31
Dec 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bears Jay Cutler (6) looks to pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Players typically make the biggest leap between Years 1 and 2, the thinking goes, because they know what to expect and whats expected of them.

Here are specific aspects Bears sophomores honed in their first full offseason and have brought to training camp:

Leonard Floyds hands

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio posed a question Saturday night that made his linebackers think: Are you winning the first two seconds of every play?

Floyd, the No. 9 overall pick in 2016, is working on it.

My hand speed, Floyd said. Sometimes I would let the tackles get their hands on me. Id already be there, and Id still let their hands get there before me.

Fellow outside linebacker Willie Young said hand speed is the crux of every pass-rush battle.

You need to shed blocks, Young said, and you have the opportunity to make a play. So hand placement is crucial.

Cody Whitehairs feet

Coming off one of the leagues best seasons by a center, the 2016 second-rounder knew he needed to keep up his quickness during the five-week gap between mandatory minicamp and training camp.

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