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Falcons re-sign S, key special teamer Sharrod Neasman

It’s a great re-signing, considering Neasman’s value on special teams.

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Sharrod Neasman has done nothing but quietly contribute for the Falcons since arriving here, and that was particularly true in 2018 and 2019. Two years ago, Neasman stepped in to play quite a bit of safety in light of all the injuries at the position and acquitted himself quite well. Last year, with healthier options, Neasman wound up being one of the team’s most critical special teamers under Ben Kotwica, playing 73% of the snaps and making multiple big plays along the way.

That’s why it’s good news that he’s back.

Neasman, 28, will now serve as the team’s likely 4th safety again in 2020, but his core role will still be special teams. Given that this is likely a veteran minimum signing, it’s exactly the kind of move the Falcons need to make to fill out roster spots they don’t intend to fill through the draft. Neasman, by dint of playing well in any capacity the Falcons have asked him to play in, has more than earned his return to the squad.

The Falcons continue to put together a solid offseason, and hopefully will be able to fill in a few more gaps on defense in the days ahead. Welcome back, Sharrod Neasman!