Neasman inked a contract with the Jets on Thursday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Neasman suited up in all 16 games with the Falcons last season, recording 27 tackles (19 solo) and a sack over that span. The Florida Atlantic product showed versatility last season, playing 289 snaps on defense and 300 on special teams. Look for the veteran to handle a similar role in New York should he make the roster out of training camp.
Neasman, who registered four tackles during Atlanta's 44-27 Week 17 loss to the Buccaneers, wrapped up the 2020 campaign with 27 tackles and one sack over 16 games. Neasman took on an enhanced defensive role as the year wore on, twice collecting 97-plus percent of the Falcons' defensive snaps over the final quarter of the regular season. Weeks 1 through 13, he only once garnered more than 40 percent of the workload, but injuries to Damontae Kazee (Achilles) and Darqueze Dennard (quadriceps) opened up secondary snaps down the stretch. Having played all 57 of his career NFL games as a member of the Falcons, Neasman will now prepare to become an unrestricted free agent in March.
Neasman collected eight tackles and a sack during Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Buccaneers. Starting at free safety for a second consecutive game in place of the injured Ricardo Allen (concussion), Neasman finished behind only Deion Jones (10) in tackles among Falcons defenders. The 29-year-old's second-quarter sack of Tom Brady, meanwhile, forced a Tampa Bay punt. Despite Weeks 14 and 15 marking the first starts of Neasman's five-year career with Atlanta, he's held up reasonably well in coverage by containing opponents to a 89.6 passer rating over a limited sample of six targets.
Neasman appeared in 15 games this season and recorded four tackles and one fumble recovery. After obliterating career highs by collecting 44 tackles and four pass deflections during 2018, the fourth-year pro out of Florida Atlantic logged just 12 defensive snaps during all of 2019, though he did garner at least two-thirds of the special-teams snaps in 14 of his 15 outings. Neasman will become an unrestricted free agent upon the expiration of his two-year, $1.35 million contract in March.
Neasman (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Barring a setback, Neasman will suit up Sunday. He has mostly been a special-teams player this year, seeing just eight defensive snaps all season.
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