If there is one thing Mike Neal has proven he can do for the Green Bay Packers defense, it’s rush the passer. Now, the Packers may be trying to maximize that ability because on the first day of organized team activities, the fourth-year defender from Purdue was moved from his customary defensive end position to outside linebacker.
Remembering that it is only OTA’s — the move may not mean a whole lot. It could just be the coaching staff doing their due diligence and getting a player some practice reps at a position where he may to have play in a tight spot. Yet, if there ever was a time to experiment with position moves, it’s right now.
Neal came to the Packers with high expectations after he was selected by the team in the second round of the 2010 Draft — but injuries sidetracked the first two years of his career, then a four-game suspension to start last season set him back even further.
Just when things started looking bleak, Neal took advantage of the opportunity given to him by ...