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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – It appears that it takes Keanu Neal, the Falcons' first-round pick in April and new strong safety, a moment or two to rub off on people. It took anywhere from 12 hours to a few days post draft for fans to calm down after Atlanta made the shocking move of drafting a safety instead of a much-need linebacker or pass-rush specialist. But, slowly the idea of what Neal could bring to the team stirred a sense of acceptance. It was all theoretical, however. Until Neal did something on the field, no one would know how well the Falcons did in the first round of the draft. Enter training camp… After two days of camp, outside of an interception that Neal grabbed after Levine Toilolo bobbled a passing attempt, nothing truly stood out about his play. That haven’t-seen-much-yet feeling for Neal screeched abruptly to a halt Sunday when he (to borrow a phrase from Nuke LaLoosh from the veritable classic “Bull Durham”) announced his presence with authority. And now it’s apparent … Neal will absolutely be the punisher this Atlanta defense sorely (pun intended) needed. Why’d it take a few days of camp for Neal to show his strengths? Well, the first two days of camp were played under OTAs rules – with just shorts, jerseys and helmets. http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2016/08/01/atlanta-falcons-training-camp-keanu-neal-emerges-as-a-punisher/