The Atlanta Falcons have been decimated by injuries in recent seasons, with star safety Keanu Neal suffering serious injuries in back-to-back seasons. This is a big year for the Falcons' defender, though, and Falcons fans will be happy to know his rehab appears to be going well.
Speaking during an interview with NFL Network's 'Good Morning Football,' Neal shared some pretty exciting quotes:
By God's grace, I feel awesome. I feel like myself again. I'm grateful... I'm ready to get back with the guys and get everything going.- Keanu Neal
Many seem to believe that Atlanta's lack of success stemmed from a Super Bowl hangover after blowing their infamous 28-3 lead against the New England Patriots. However, the absence of a healthy Neal might be the larger factor.
Neal received grades of 75.9 and 78.1 from Pro Football Focus in 2016 and 2017, respectively. But he's only played four combined games in the two years since. He was an absolute force each year, recording at least 106 tackles, 6 passes defended and 3 forced fumbles in both campaigns.
The Falcons defense has not been the same without their star safety on the field. Should Neal return to the lineup and stay healthy, Atlanta could be really dangerous in 2020.
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