Chicago Bears first-round rookie Leonard Floyd was honest about the team's expectations regarding his weight.
After playing at 235 his junior season at Georgia, a weight much lighter than nearly every other elite pass rusher in the NFL, Floyd admitted the team's desire for him to put on weight.
"I believe that they want me to gain," he said during his introductory press conference.
To that end, the Bears have already put Floyd on a weight-gain program in which he's alerted every few hours, through the alarm on his phone, to continue eating.
"I’m with [team dietician] Jenn [Gibson] every day. We’ve got a game plan laid out so we’re working on it," said Floyd. “I’ve got prompts set up on my phone of times in the day that I’m supposed to eat, making sure I eat at those time when I get the alarm. Things like that. Every couple hours I get an alarm going off on my phone.”
Floyd said what he eats isn't too important, just as long as he's eating.
“Anything. Weight bar, protein shake, sandwich, anything ... as long as I eat a lot of it.”
Head coach John Fox believes Floyd should have no problem bulking up.
"I think all these guys gain weight, I think we all do with age," Fox said. "So that will just happen and we're more concerned with getting him ready mentally and technically in our systems more so than the other stuff will take care of itself."
Floyd said being able to focus on one position, instead of trying to learn multiple roles as he did in college, is going to help him more than any added weight.
“It’s going to help me a lot only focusing on one thing, because I’m used to focusing on more than one," he said. “I was playing a whole lot faster [during practice], just having to worry about my one position and my keys. It’s allowed me to play fast.”
Speed is something defensive coordinator Vic Fangio covets in his first-round rookie.
"We wanted speed," Fangio said yesterday. "Our team speed up front last year was below average. To add somebody with some speed as part of his toolbox is something we were intrigued by."
Fangio also said he's not at all concerned with Floyd's weight.
"The weight thing’s not a big thing with me. He’s going to weigh somewhere between 230 and 235. That’s just what he’s going to weigh. We knew that before we drafted him. So it’s not an issue."
While Fangio is content with Floyd's size, the Bears as a whole obviously are not, and are clearly putting forth substantial effort to add about 10 extra pounds to their first rounder's frame.