Giants Interested In LB Leonard Floyd

Linebacker Leonard Floyd was cut by the Bears earlier today, but he’s already got several suitors lining up. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo tweets that the Giants are among the teams that are in play for Floyd.

There were high hopes for Floyd when the Bears selected him in the first-round of the 2016 Draft. The Georgia product had a productive rookie campaign, compiling seven sacks.

While the linebacker put up solid numbers in the subsequent three years, his sack numbers have dropped each season. The 27-year-old finished the 2019 campaign with 40 tackles and three sacks.

Floyd was set to earn $13.2MM in what was his fifth-year option year. That would have been tough to juggle after the Bears inked pass-rusher Robert Quinn to a lucrative five-year deal.

The Giants have been active in adding linebackers this week. They signed a pair of former Packers linebackers in Blake Martinez and Kyler Fackrell.

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9 comments on “Giants Interested In LB Leonard Floyd

  1. Simmons>Russ

    Giants should be looking at trying to swap the 4th overall pick with the 2nd to get Chase Young on the edge for sacks.

    Would never happen but swap
    Pick #4, Nate Solder, Evan Engram, a 1st round pick 2021 and a 6th round pick 2021
    Pick #2, Trent Williams and a 5th round pick 2021

    Giants then resign Williams and draft Chase Young and clear Solders contract which solves both the OLine and makes the D really strong.

    Redskins get back the 4th pick which it can use for a QB (Tua or Herbert) or can trade down again with the Dolphins, Chargers or Pats? Or they can take a defender in Isaiah Simons.
    Skins get rid of Williams and his distractions and get back Solder to replace him at tackle, although Solder is a lot worse he fills a whole and gets you back a first. You also pick up Evan Engram who is a nice young TE and a later pick.

    Skins get a nice haul and move back only 2 spots, Giants fix their two biggest issues and become a very strong team

    • king beas

      Redskins aren’t looking to help upgrade their division rivals roster while hurting their own. Total nonsense ^

    • Perksy

      What can he do though? Remember joe judge wants to know what the players can do, not what they can’t do.

  2. bravesfan88

    Floyd showed all the promise in the world when he played for UGA. Due to his freakish combination of size and speed, they were able to utilize him in several different roles..

    Admittingly, I have not seen alot of him with Chicago in the pros, but at UGA he was able to set the edge extremely well, he was able to cover TEs and RBs in man, he occasionally dropped back into zone coverage, and he was also able to effectively blitz off the edge and up the middle, when he was asked..

    The one knock in Floyd was he wasn’t able to bulk up and add enough mass to truly max out his abilities.

    Looking back in it, I’m betting that lack of strength and muscle is most likely why UGA moved Floyd around alot, instead of just solely having him consistently rushing the passer. They more than likely knew Floyd would get worn down over the game, due to his lack of mass and strength.

    Regardless, I still feel Floyd could definitely be an effective LB in the league, but itll take the right scheme to get the most out of Floyd’s strengths, and to hide his weaknesses.

    I actually think he would be a perfect fit in NE, where BB could move him around and effectively get the most out of Floyd’s abilities..Either way, I hope he’s able to find the right fit and succeeds..Floyd was a DGD!!

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