Keanu Neal
Keanu Neal
24-Year-Old SafetyS
Atlanta Falcons
Injury Achilles
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Neal suffered an ACL tear Week 1 last year, but he should participate in most of training camp and therefore is immediately back on the elite IDP radar. He isn't much of a threat to intercept passes given that he had just one pick in his first 30 games, but 222 tackles, eight forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in that span more than make up for it. Neal is a notoriously hard hitter and probably brings high injury risk as a result, but he's capable of logging multiple 120-tackle seasons before his career is over. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $10.74 million contract with the Falcons in May of 2016. Falcons exercised $6.47 million team option for 2020 in April of 2019.
Surgery confirmed
SAtlanta Falcons
September 29, 2019
Neal underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles on Thursday, Vaughn McClure of reports.
It was already known that Neal suffered the torn Achilles during Week 3's loss to Indianapolis, but the surgery confirms he's done for the season. With the veteran sidelined, Kemal Ishmael will take on the starting strong safety role for Week 4, with the possibility of Damontae Kazee seeing some time at the safety position.
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Measurables Review
How do Keanu Neal's measurables compare to other safeties?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 1"
216 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.62 sec
Shuttle Time
4.38 sec
Cone Drill
7.09 sec
Vertical Jump
38.0 in
Broad Jump
132 in
Bench Press
17 reps
Hand Length
10.68 in
Arm Length
32.75 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
There might not be a safety in the league that receivers fear more than Neal, who finds ballcarriers often and prevents plenty of completions by clobbering the intended target. It's unlikely that he'll ever be much of an interception source, and he's yet to post a sack in the NFL, but Neal has two seasons with triple-digit tackles in two tries. That's a remarkably high IDP floor for a safety, and it wouldn't be surprising if Neal approached 130 tackles at least once in his career.
If Neal's rookie season was any indication, he will be one of the league's top safeties in the near future. The 2016 first-round pick is already well above average, and he heads into his second season a strong candidate to go over triple-digit tackles. He did as much last year, and that was despite missing the first two games following a preseason knee scope. Neal isn't known for his playmaking in coverage and is unlikely to provide many interceptions, but he's already one of the league's most feared hitters after forcing five fumbles last year.
The 17th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft is expected to slide into the starting strong safety role right away. Neal brings a physical presence to a defense that struggled to get off the field in 2015, as teams converted 43 percent of their third downs against the Falcons. He should be in a prime spot to rack up defensive statistics assuming he can hold off Kemal Ishmael for Atlanta's starting job, giving him good potential in IDP leagues.
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Officially placed on IR
SAtlanta Falcons
September 24, 2019
Neal (Achilles) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
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Achilles' tear confirmed
SAtlanta Falcons
September 23, 2019
Neal tore his left Achilles' tendon Sunday against the Colts, Vaughn McClure of reports.
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Expected to be done for season
SAtlanta Falcons
September 22, 2019
Neal is believed to have a torn Achilles, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Sporting boot and crutches
SAtlanta Falcons
September 22, 2019
Neal (Achilles) was spotted with a walking boot and crutches following Sunday's loss to the Colts, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
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Potentially serious injury
SAtlanta Falcons
September 22, 2019
Neal won't return to Sunday's game versus the Colts after suffering an Achilles injury, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.
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