subject: FALCONS SAFETY KEANU NEAL IS LEARNING FROM THE PAST AND PREPARING TO 'PLAY FASTER' IN YEAR 2Posted: 10:41pm, Aug 16, 2017
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When an original movie enthralls and captivates its audience with originality and excitement,Authentic Hroniss Grasu Jersey, however, the sequel is hard-pressed to match that feeling. Keanu Neal’s second season,Authentic William Jackson Jersey may turn out much closer to “The Empire Strikes Back” than “Jaws 2.”

As a rookie,womens Tyler Boyd Jersey, Neal finished second on the team with 106 total tackles. He defended nine passes and forced five fumbles while starting 14 games for the Falcons.

Neal is part of a defense that shows a lot of potential,womens Nick Vigil Jersey, and he said they are putting in enough work to make the step forward that many are anticipating in 2017.

“No question,Authentic Cedric Ogbuehi Jersey, and we definitely put in the work. We continue to grow, as far as chemistry and just playing fast and continuing to grow. On a personal level,” Neal said after a training camp practice. “We want to be the best, it’s an awesome experience just being with the guys and continuing to grow w womens William Jackson Jerseyith them. We want to be the best, and we’re continuing to strive for that each day.”

The average age of the Falcons’ projected starting defense is 25.9 years old. In 2016, according to Football Outsiders. Neal was one of four rookies to start in last year’s Super Bowl, the average age of NFL defenses was 26.6 years old, an NFL record.

Coach Dan Quinn has often talked about the type of improvement a player can make from his first year to his second, the Falcons have six starters on defense who are entering Year 2 or Year 3. For Neal, and then from his second to his third. Including nickel back Brian Poole, he said he’s already starting to feel the positive effects of having a season of experience.

“Just being comfortable with the defense, having a better understanding,womens Hroniss Grasu Jersey,, it allows you to play faster. Just continuing to harp on the details and everything, that’s always a big emphasis. The knowledge that I have now,Authentic Tyler Boyd Jersey, going into Year 2Neal said. “With that, that I’ve gained from Year 1, it helped me out a lot.”

safeties tend to see the entire field with a bit more clarity. Oftentimes,Lining up further away from the line of scrimmage, it will fall on them to call out information and make adjustments so that the defense is aligned properly and in the right coverage.

starting free safety Ricardo Allen played a large role in organizing the defense last season. Allen doesn’t expect that to be the case moving forward,Authentic Nick Vigil Jersey,”,With a rookie playing beside him, as he’s seen a big improvement in Neal’s understanding of the game.

“Just noticing the defense more, noticing offensive formations, man. You don’t have those rookie jitters, anymore. He’s just ready to go.,womens Cedric Ogbuehi Jersey He was already a guy who played at a very fast speed,” Allen said of the areas where Neal has progressed. “The communication is up to par, so now, (there’s) no thinking at all.
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