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Top Keanu Neal News

  • Buccaneers' Keanu Neal: Impressing Bowles in camp

    Neal, who signed with the Buccaneers in April and is transitioning back to his original position of safety, has stood out to head coach Todd Bowles thus far in training camp, Brianna Dix of the team's official site reports. "Keanu is nothing but a pro since he's come in," Bowles said. "He's dropped his weight, going from linebacker in Dallas to coming in now [as a safety]. We know how he is in the run game. The great thing was he understands the passing game, he understands the angles and his drops have been very good."

    Neal played linebacker almost exclusively with the Cowboys last season after toiling at safety for his first six seasons while with the Falcons. The 2016 first-round pick has generated three 100-tackle efforts during the trio of campaigns in which he's played double-digit games, and while Neal may not get enough snaps in Tampa Bay's deep secondary to accomplish that feat again, the expectation is that Neal's size and cover skills will frequently play an integral role in neutralizing running backs and receivers out in the flat when he's on the field.

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  • Buccaneers' Keanu Neal: Joining Tampa

    Neal agreed to a contract Wednesday with the Buccaneers, who plan to use him at safety, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    The 2016 first-round pick mostly played linebacker for Dallas last year, after a six-season run in Atlanta as a hard-hitting strong safety. A return to the secondary represents his best shot at IDP relevance, considering Neal had three 100-tackle season as a safety and managed a modest 72 in 14 games for Dallas last year. That said, the Bucs already have Antoine Winfield and Logan Ryan, potentially leaving Neal to come off the bench, in which case IDP value would require an injury in front of him. Neal likely has made a full recovery from the chest injury that held him out of the Cowboys' playoff loss to San Francisco in January.

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  • Cowboys' Keanu Neal: Ruled out against 49ers

    Neal (chest) has been ruled out for Sunday's wild-card matchup against the 49ers, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Neal was expected to be a game-time decision for the postseason opener as he deals with various injuries, but he was officially ruled out Friday. In his absence, Luke Gifford and Francis Bernard are candidates to see increased work against San Francisco.

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  • Cowboys' Keanu Neal: Looking like GTD

    Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that the status of Neal (chest) will "come down to the wire" for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Todd Archer of reports.

    Neal is dealing with a biceps strain, per McCarthy, though he was also listed with chest and elbow injuries earlier in the week. He was limited Wednesday, then missed practice entirely Thursday. Luke Gifford and Francis Bernard would be candidates for increased work if Neal can't go, but a final word on the status of Dallas' linebacker corps may not be disclosed until just before Sunday's wild-card matchup kicks off.

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  • Cowboys' Keanu Neal: DNP on Thursday

    Neal (chest/elbow) did not participate at Thursday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    The linebacker was a limited participant for Wednesday's non-padded work, but he was unavailable for Thursday's regular practice. With the step back in participation, Neal's ability to play Sunday against the 49ers comes into greater question. His status at the Cowboys' practice Friday is worth monitoring and if he can't go for this weekend's wild-card matchup, Luke Gifford and Francis Bernard could be asked to play larger roles at linebacker.

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  • Cowboys' Keanu Neal: Limited practice Wednesday

    Neal (chest/elbow) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

    Neal left the Cowboys' Week 18 win over the Eagles early with an arm injury, which is now understood to be both an elbow and chest injury. The linebacker's ability to practice in any capacity Wednesday bodes well for his chances to suit up for Sunday's wild-card contest versus the 49ers, though his status is worth monitoring in the coming days.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 211 lbs
Birthplace: Groveland, FL
Age: 27
School: Florida
Experience: 7