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Leonard Floyd flashes early for Bears defense in exhibition opener

Leonard Floyd flashes early for Bears defense in exhibition opener
Published On: Fri, Aug 11
Dec 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bears Jay Cutler (6) directs his offense as they play the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Second-year outside linebacker Leonard Floyd wasted little time making his presence felt during the Bears' exhibition opener Thursday night. On the defense's first snap, Floyd fought around Broncos right tackle Menelik Watson, blazing to the outside and then pummeling quarterback Trevor Siemian for a 7-yard sack. That was certainly a bright spot for the budding pass rusher, who had seven sacks last season as a rookie.

Floyd has been productive throughout training camp. Most notably, he has been healthy throughout and has been a full participant in every practice. That, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio noted last week, is a big deal.

"It just shows us that he's able to build upon each day's work," Fangio said. "He has had a good progression here. I think he's getting better and better at the little things. And the things he thought were kind of hard last year, may come easy for him (now)."

Specifically, Fangio said, Floyd has shown better vision this season and a better understanding of angles.

Fangio made it clear it was premature to start talking about Floyd as a potential Pro Bowl performer " at least at this point.

"He has to put it on the field," Fangio said.

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