One of the feel good stories of the season in Seattle has been Ryan Neal, who has stepped in at safety in Jamal Adams’ absence over the past several weeks.
After a strong training camp, where Neal displayed his versatility, he was waived and signed to the Seahawks’ practice squad. In Week 3, when Adams left Seattle’s win over the Cowboys with an injury, Neal was only available to come in because he was elevated from the practice squad for that specific Sunday.
The rare opportunity, which Neal took full advantage of with a game-sealing interception, was followed by a press conference where his gratitude was clear to see.
Really happy for Ryan Neal. Had a strong camp, took his opportunity in Week 3, and earned a spot on the 53. His post-game press conference was absolutely awesome, such a cool display of gratitude. Well worth the watching the full thing— Alistair Corp (@byalistaircorp) September 30, 2020
Neal turned that opportunity into a spot on the 53-man roster and a chance to start in Week 4, with Adams remaining out with a groin injury. Once again, Neal took full advantage of the opportunity, playing well, registering a second interception in as many weeks, and delivering a booming hit on a screen pass.
After Seattle’s win against the Dolphins, Neal told Q13 FOX that legendary safety Kam Chancellor had called him during the week to congratulate him and offer advice. With that in mind, it was hard not to think of Chancellor when re-watching Neal’s big hit.
Kam Chancellor reaching out to Ryan Neal and then Neal doing this is just perfect pic.twitter.com/KFXVeuwQG8— Alistair Corp (@byalistaircorp) October 6, 2020
With Adams’ absence continuing through Week 5, Neal is set to remain in the starting lineup for the Seahawks. As he gets prepared for a second start, he will again have the help of Chancellor.
Ryan Neal said Kam Chancellor has been helping him/breaking down his film. #Seahawks— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) October 7, 2020
Ryan Neal on having Kam Chancellor helping him prepare all of last week: "It's probably one of the coolest experiences I've had in the league so far." #Seahawks— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) October 7, 2020
Since Pete Carroll has been in Seattle, there has been no player to play strong safety quite like Chancellor. While Neal is in the lineup, Chancellor will try to impart some of that wisdom, and evidently, physicality, onto Neal.