If the name Lorenzo Neal sounds familiar, it should.
The Saints have signed Lorenzo Neal, son of the former Saints fullback. He was one of three free agent signings the club announced after rookie camp.
Here’s the news release from the club.
New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey
Loomis announced today that the club has agreed to terms with OL Kyle
Murphy, DL Lorenzo Neal and LB Quentin Poling.
Murphy, 6-6, 305, is a three-year NFL veteran who originally was selected by the
Green Bay Packers in the sixth round (200th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft out of
Stanford. In his first two seasons in Green Bay, he started six games with three
starts, including opening the first three contests of the 2017 season at left tackle.
After spending the majority of the 2018 campaign on Injured Reserve, Murphy
had stints on the Rams and Texans practice squads and went to training camp
with Houston in 2020. The San Clemente, Calif. native played four years (2012-
15) at Stanford (Calif.) University, appearing in 54 career games with 34 starts,
including 27 consecutive to end his college career.
Neal, 6-3, 325, played defensive tackle at Purdue from 2016-20, appearing in 38
games and recording 73 tackles (49 solo), 13 stops for loss, four sacks, five
passes defensed, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick.
In an abbreviated Big Ten season in 2020, he played in six games and posted
ten tackles, 1.5 stops for loss and two passes defensed. In 2018, Neal was AllBig Ten honorable mention selection as he posted 30 tackles (17 solo), three
stops for loss, one sack, two passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one
fumble recovery. His father, Lorenzo Sr., played football at Fresno State, was a
fourth round draft pick of New Orleans in 1993 (89th overall) and played for 16
seasons in the NFL with Saints, Jets, Buccaneers, Titans, Bengals,
Chargers, Ravens and Raiders.
Poling, 6-1, 235, originally was a seventh round draft pick (227th overall) of the
Miami Dolphins in 2018 out of Ohio University. He spent the 2018 season on
Miami’s practice squad before spending parts of the 2019 campaign on the
Raiders and Falcons practice squads. Poling made his NFL debut in Week 10 of
the 2019 season for the Raiders in one contest on special teams and then went
to training camp with the Minnesota Vikings in 2020. The Ohio native, holds
school records in career solo tackles (221) and career tackles for loss (44.0)