1) Introduction: With the departure of Cullen Jenkins to the Eagles via free agency after the 2010 Super Bowl campaign, the Packers drafted the Purdue lineman in the 2nd round. After that, nothing has really gone right in his career. Neal has constantly been hurt, often landing on IR and to make matters worse, Neal was suspended for the 1st 4 games of the season for taking a banned substance, later found out to be Adderall (which also ironically started a trend in the NFL players using Adderall).
Michael Jamel Neal
- Age: 25
- Born: 06/26/1987, in Merrillville, IN
- Height: 6’3″
- Weight: 294
- College: Purdue
- Rookie Year: 2010
- NFL Experience: 3 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: Optimistic skepticism was probably all that Neal garnered at the beginning of the year. While Neal has the physique and strength to dominate the 3-4 DE spot, the fact that Neal could never stay on the field contributed to the Packers lack of faith in relying on Neal alone. Added to the fact that he was banned from the 1st 4 games left many feeling that anything positive from Neal was good enough
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Neal’s best performance was definitely against the Bear in week 15 where he recorded 2 sacks, 2 quarterback hurries and 1 negative offensive play (though it should be said that Jay Cutler does seem to love getting sacked by the Packers for some reason). His low-light was definitely getting banned for the 1st 4 games of the year and hoping that the Packers still wanted him enough to drop Philip Merling, his replacement.