RB Lorenzo Neal - Oakland Raiders
|5-11, 240||Born: 12-27-1970||College: Fresno State||Drafted: Round 4, pick|
2008 Week 9 vs CLE (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Neal was the fullback for the Ravens and saw a little action out of the backfield, but nothing significant.
2008 Week 13 vs CIN (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
The rarely used fullback had a carry and a short reception in the flat for very small pickups.
2008 Week 16 vs DAL (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Lorenzo Neal's value is as the blocking back in the Ravens offense. His only carry was in a short yardage situation, where he gained more than enough yards for the first down. His targets were the result of Flacco trying to get rid of the ball while facing a heavy rush.
2008 Week 18 vs MIA (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Neal was utilized mostly for his fine blocking, but gained first downs the two times he touched the ball, showing good power in running through two defenders on his pass reception and run.
2008 Week 19 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Lorenzo Neal did very little in the box score, but played an important role as the lead blocker for the tailbacks. His only carry was on a second and two play where he came up a yard short of the first down. In the passing game his only target was on a screen pass on first and ten that put them in a good short yardage situation.
2007 Week 2 vs NE (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)
Primarily the blocking back for Tomlinson, Neal slipped out into the right flat early in the fourth quarter to catch a one yard touchdown pass while the Patriot defense was busy stacking the middle of the line.
2006 Week 1 vs OAK (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The man who clears lanes for LaDainian Tomlinson carried the ball three times for six yards.
2006 Week 2 vs TEN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Neal dropped an easy screen pass for what would have been his only touch of the game, but Neal's value lies much more in his blocking. He cleared a path for Tomlinson on the first touchdown run, and on the second score, a would-be tackler actually backed out of Neal's way to avoid being blocked - which only served to let Tomlinson score that much easier. Tomlinson owners know by now how critical he is to the Chargers' run game, and even with all of his talents, one cannot overestimate how much LaDainian Tomlinson benefits by having a fullback of Neal's caliber.
2006 Week 4 vs BAL (5 / 13 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Neal got a couple of short yardage carries, but nothing near the goal line. He also fumbled a carry in the shadow of his own end zone, which could curtail any future carries he may see. Neal's worth is obviously as a blocker, as his rushing totals are few and far between. On a classic Neal play, he took a screen pass up the right side from Philip Rivers into the open field. When he found himself in space, he actually ran laterally to his left to seek out a defender and try to initiate contact when he probably could have just run forward and gained few more yards.
2006 Week 6 vs SF (5 / 15 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
Neal is still the primary blocking back for Tomlinson, but was able to also contribute 15 rushing yards and two pass receptions for a total of three yards.
2006 Week 7 vs KC (1 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Neal, the Chargers' fullback, had one attempt for a ten yard gain up the middle.
2006 Week 11 vs DEN (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Neal had three short yardage carries and caught one pass. He also contributed as Tomlinson's lead blocker.
2006 Week 14 vs DEN (3 / 20 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
As is often the case, Neal got the call on several short yardage carries. As is rarely the case, Neal received a goal line carry that he converted into a score. In sort of a modified "Fumbleroosky" formation, the Chargers hid the ball, and then Philip Rivers quickly handed the ball to Neal from behind him between Neal's legs. Neal then did the rest of the work, fighting off several defenders on his way to the end zone. This was a "few and far between" run for Neal, who rarely gets an offensive touch.
2006 Week 15 vs KC (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
Neal did most of his damage by clearing a path for LaDainian Tomlinson. Otherwise, he had a few carries and a couple of short completions.
2005 Week 3 vs NYG (2 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
The fullback Neal was rewarded for his punishing, Tomlinson-springing blocks with two carries.
2005 Week 7 vs PHI (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Neal had a quiet five yards on two carries, but was the Chargers' leading rusher until the fourth quarter.
2005 Week 8 vs KC (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Neal was utilized a bit more than usual, getting several carries in short yardage situations. He also caught two passes out of the backfield, but his production is usually limited to blocking duties.
2005 Week 13 vs OAK (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
On Neal's twentieth carry for the whole year, he ran the ball on third and two and was able to pick up the first down after running over linebacker Danny Clark. In the same drive, he also picked up a first down on a second and short situation. Neal continued his first down running on short yardage plays, but he was not much of a fantasy factor.