Pete Carroll Hypes Up Seahawks' Breakout Defensive Star

By David Hayes
Seattle Seahawks safety Ryan Neal has been great since stepping up to fill in for Jamal Adams.
Seattle Seahawks safety Ryan Neal has been great since stepping up to fill in for Jamal Adams. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks have gotten off to an incredible start to the 2020 NFL season, largely in part to star quarterback Russell Wilson's stellar play on the offensive side of the ball.

However, that's not to say the defense hasn't also done its job well enough to contribute to their 4-0 winning effort this year either, even though they were missing arguably their best talent in Week 4.

After Jamal Adams was injured in a Week 3 showdown with the Dallas Cowboys, he was forced to miss Seattle's Week 4 matchup with the Miami Dolphins, but one former undrafted member of the practice squad, Ryan Neal, has made a real difference in his absence already.

In his first NFL start this Sunday, Neal recorded 6 tackles, 2 pass breakups and an interception to help secure Seattle's 31-23 win over Miami, and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is showing him some love for his effort on the field. That gives Neal an interception in each of his last two games.

You have to love seeing a young talent from a smaller program (Southern Illinois) at the collegiate level get his shot and run away with it, and Seahawks fans are surely hoping they've found another special talent to add beside Adams when he returns as well.

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