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Keanu Neal Signs With The Buccaneers

In the 2021 , the Cowboys made a move to sign former Falcons . A first-round pick for Atlanta back in 2016, Neal quickly made a name for himself as a hard-hitting safety who was a force in the run game. A crucial member of Atlanta's under , he was a selection in 2017.

Unfortunately, his career took a turn when he tore his ACL in the first game of the . He would miss the rest of the season before returning in 2019. This return would be short-lived however as he then tore his Achilles tendon three games into the season.

While he would return in 2020, he was not quite the same player. However, when he signed with the Cowboys in 2021, many considered it a good move. Signed to a one-year, $5 million contract, Neal got the chance to reunite with Quinn who was now the Cowboys' . Due to potentially sapping some of his athletic ability, Neal was moved down to .

Keanu Neal is heading to Tampa Bay

In 2021, Neal played quite often for the Dallas defense. In fact, he played 61% of the defensive snaps en route to 72 tackles, four tackles for loss, and one sack. Despite the considerable playing time, Neal was not an effective player when on the field. Given a 35.9 PFF Grade, he was a replaceable player throughout the season.

As such, the Cowboys did not make a huge effort to re-sign him. Instead, Neal will be heading to the who just recently lost starting safety Whitehead. Neal will also be switching back to his original position of safety for the Buccaneers as they look to once again fortify a defense capable of winning a .

For Dallas, the search for more linebackers continues. While Leighton Vander-Esch and are returning for 2022, it is certainly a group that lacks depth. With veterans such as Donta Hightower and Kyle Van Noy still available, it remains to be seen whether Dallas will address the group through or the draft.

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Stephen Gregory Abel

Wishing Neal well with his new team.

Now that is done, I have something to say to the brain trust of the Cowboys: STOP THE RUN!

For the love of God, use #24 and STOP THE RUN! Don’t trade for a declining Grady Jarrett or any other bargain bin player, draft whichever top DT is on the board. There’s another story on here saying give your second round pick for Garrett. No! He is declining. If you just have to trade for a player, trade for a Guard with plenty tread left on the tires.

Please, I’m begging you, STOP THE RUN. Years of teams running at will against us, controlling the clock and, if you make the playoffs, you get bounced out immediately with a running back or wide receiver just running at will through the interior defensive line.

STOP THE RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Stephen, I’ve been saying this since the Rams and Colt’s ran all over us. Lord please help these guys put some big physical talent up front to stop teams from RUNNING all over us! This is exactly how Dallas dominated in the 90’s ran the ball down helpless team’s throat. You would think Stephen Jones and Jerry would have this figured out by now.

Stephen Gregory Abel

I have this dreaded feeling they will continue to adequately upgrade the interior of the D-line with true run stoppers who also free up those linebackers to make plays. No disrespect to the players currently under contract but that position group needs a higher level of talent. Draft a run stopping defensive tackle round one. Draft the best offensive guard round two. Get those two areas taken care of once and for all.

Stephen Gregory Abel

“Inadequately upgrade” is what I meant to say.

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There is only one DT worth taking in the 1st round and that’s Jordan Davis, and there’s no way he’s gonna make it to us in the 1st round!! So the best option is to draft Kenyon Green or Zion Johnson in the 1st round, and then draft Travis Jones in the 2nd round!! We may have to move up to get him, but that’s the best option for a run stopper other than Jordan Davis!! Or we can wait until the 4th or 5th round and draft Ridgeway….. He’s actually probably the best run stopper in the draft this year, the only reason he isn’t talked about so much is cause that’s all he can do!! So he’ll only play on obvious run downs!! And teams would rather draft DTs that can rush the passer and stop the run early, and that’s why Ridgeway isn’t gonna be drafted early!! And that’s the only reason he’s not getting the attention others are getting!! So I think we should draft Kenyon Green or Zion Johnson in the 1st round, then draft a receiver in the 2nd round preferably Jalen Tolbert, John Metchie or George Pickens, and in the 3rd round draft a LB…. The best one still available, in the 4th round draft a TE, in the 5th round draft John Ridgeway, and use the last picks on other positions we need more depth at!! DE, center, receiver, safety!!

Stephen Gregory Abel

At this moment, I’d be thrilled for a two down run stopper opposed to watching running backs just gallop through that incredibly weak defensive front. They have neglected this area, along with the safety position, so long it’s about to make me vomit. I swear, JJ is trying to turn me into a Jets fan!

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