Several Atlanta Falcons players expressed displeasure with the field conditions at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium during Monday night's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Free safety Keanu Neal told ESPN he switched out his cleats after a first-quarter fall, which resulted in Bucs tight end O.J. Howard breaking free for a 30-yard, catch-and-run touchdown following a pass from Jameis Winston. "It was bad," Neal said of the field. "I'm not the type to make excuses, but it bad. But you have to adjust to whatever atmosphere, whatever environment you're in. I switched out cleats. I just switched out to some different ones to get a little better traction." Neal, who hadn't changed shoes during a game all season, insisted his complaint about the field had nothing to do with surrendering a touchdown. "Yeah, I slipped, but at the end of the day, I've got to get my foot in the ground and get back to him," Neal said. "I just have to have better footing." Cornerback Desmond Trufant also slipped in zone coverage on play that ended up being a 16-yard touchdown pass from Winston to Adam Humphries in the fourth quarter.
Falcons weren't happy with field at Raymond James Stadium
ESPN | Dec 19