Keanu Neal: "A lot of gray area" in NFL's new helmet rule

John and Hugh
August 22, 2018 - 10:44 am

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According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the NFL's Competition Committee plans to hold a conference call sometime on Wednesday regarding the much buzzed about, and mostly critized, new helmet rule.

Through the first 33 preseason games played, NFL officials have called the new "lowering the helmet" penalty 51 times. 

Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal was the recipient of one of those fouls on the play below:

Keanu Neal spoke exclusively to John and Hugh of the Morning Show on his thoughts about the new rule, saying he thought the play was clean:

"I thought it was a clean hit. They call it, they don't; I can't do anything about it." 

As far as his style of play, well that's not going to change either:

"I’m not going to change the way I play. I’m not a dirty player. The way I play is clean. I don't really lean with my head so I'm just going to play my game." 

Asked whether players understand the rules, Neal said there's  "a lot of gray area." He continued, "this is a violent sport; it's a physical sport. Some calls I personally don't think should've been called and some calls that you see it and [you're> like ' okay, yeah, I see that.' Hopefully we get it fixed by the regular season."

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