Scout Premium Content

Leaner Neal Free To Do What He Does Best

Neal (Jeff Hanisch - USA Today Sports)

Mike Neal is a good pass rusher but not a good run defender, so the Packers are tailoring his role. Neal, who is out with a minor abdominal injury, relishes the opportunity and has shown up in camp leaner in hopes of becoming meaner.

Mike Neal has tipped the scales at about 294 pounds since breaking into the NFL as the Green Bay Packers' second-round pick in 2010. Neal will be a leaner — and, perhaps, meaner — defender in 2013 as he gets ready to be a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker. "I'm 275 (pounds) right now," Neal said on Friday after being sidelined for the first day of training camp with an abdominal injury... Recommended Stories

  • Maybe it was never as bad as it seemed, but Green Bay's run defense is playing better, and a healthy Letroy Guion is one reason why. (John Konstantaras/Getty Images)

  • The Packers rolled out a shiny new wrinkle with a catchy name last week; we examine its roots and reasoning. (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY)

  • One of the worst defenses in the league "can't wait" to face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on Sunday night. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY)

  • Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Jeb Gorham digs in his list of rankings to find the best sleepers for deeper formats. Consider giving these players a chance, but be aware of the risk! Tampa Bay…

  • Check out this classic video of Dan Larson battling an acrobatic sailfish on a trip to the world-famous Tropic Star Lodge in Panama.

Up Next