Even though Chicago decided to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, Leonard Floyd has come to the point where he has to prove to the franchise and the fans that he was worth trading up for in the 2016 NFL Draft. The addition of Mack to the defensive front seven made things much easier for everyone else. Unfortunately, Floyd started last season with a broken right hand and didn’t seem to take full advantage of Mack’s presence.
Despite the ailment, the four-year veteran started every game in 2018, but was limited due to the injury. After his cast was removed and he had full range of motion in his hand, Floyd started to look like the player the Bears envisioned him to be, finishing the year with 4.0 sacks. Now being a savvy veteran, Floyd should finally be able to take full advantage of all the attention Mack will receive on the field, and dominate starting Week 1.