Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Mike Neal's Appeal and Atari Bigby in San Diego

Green Bay Packers DE Mike Neal is currently expected to begin the 2012 season with a four-game suspension because he took Adderall (which is commonly used to treat ADHD) without realizing the NFL considers it a banned stimulant. However, the NFL has made exceptions for it and Neal is appealing the suspension. Originally, I thought the league office would never lift the suspension, but a running back for the Giants recently had his similar suspension lifted on appeal. I would be more excited by the prospect of having him available for all 16-games next season if he'd played better or stayed healthy over the past couple seasons.

Speaking of healthy players, former starting safety Atari Bigby is currently healthy and making a good impression with his new team, the Chargers. They have an opening, and Bigby is certainly good enough to start, even if his pass coverage skills aren't great. For him, it's all about staying healthy, which is easier said than done. He's a big hitter and it has to take a toll on him.


PackFaninFl said...

Wow, I was one of those who wanted Neal's head on a stake. I thought he was using a PED. If this is truly one of the rare instances of a player not deliberately doping, then I take it back and I'm glad the Packers exercised a little patience and didn't just cut him.

I was kind of hoping Atari would latch on with the Vikings or any team we face this year. He simply doesn't have the Morgan Burnett range to cover center field facing a "spread 'em" attack like we have.

Brandon said...

LOL. I'd have loved to seen Bigby trying to keep up with the Packer receivers. He's a good tackler, but he makes up for his lack of speed by playing soft coverage. Any of the Packer wide receivers would have ran right around him if they could catch the pass a few steps away from him. Bigby doesn't have the speed to close.