2018 Falcons Player Preview: Keanu Neal

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You don’t want to come face to face with him.

“Here comes the boom” resonates in your head when you see Keanu make a tackle. He’s been doing it since his rookie year, and in his 3rd year, he’s looking to make more of an impact. Quinn emphasizes fast and physical, and Keanu is just that on defense.

Keanu played almost everywhere on defense last season. You saw him in the box, in coverage, even as a linebacker. He had an impact in every one of those positions and made big plays on top of it. Neal was his best when it came to stopping the run, which is why Quinn had him in the box and as a linebacker at times.

One thing Keanu may be the best at on defense is making open field tackles. When you see him in a 1-on-1 situation, don’t expect him to miss the tackle. And don’t expect him to lay a soft hit either.

With the new helmet rule, Keanu may have to adjust his game a little this season, but he will still be effective. There were many times last year he demonstrated tackling with his shoulder, and that’s what he’ll have to do this year.

Expect Keanu to be the player who he’s always been for the Falcons, and help get the defense to even greater heights.

Malik Brown| @_MalikATL

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