Looking at Evan Neal’s early struggles, more attacking titan streak

The New York Giants They held the first two fully lined exercises from bootcamp this week, highlighting the offensive line. The Giants handed over four spots on that streak from last season; Andrew Thomas is the only initiator left from a 2021 offensive unit that struggled so hard to be kind.

New York picked two rookies in the first three rounds (OT Evan Neal and OG/OT Joshua Ezeudu) while picking Ezeudu’s college classmate, OG Marcus McKethan, in the fifth round. New York also added many veteran attackers such as Max Garcia, Jamil Douglas, John Feliciano and Mark Glowinsky.

All of these veterans signed one-year deals except for Glowinski, who signed a three-year contract and numbers to start on the right guard. That’s a lot of new faces to fix one of the worst units in football last season; Offensive coach Bobby Johnson has stopped working, but he’s in better shape than last year.

Padded practices brought the addition of individual blocking drills, as well as a better look at matches between the offensive and defensive lines in team periods.

Early in camp, available videos show that the offensive line has struggled against the likes of Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, and Kayvonne Tibodeau. Tweets have been circulating showing some difficulties, but it is important to note the context.

A lot of these videos are incredibly individual videos designed for defensive success in the trenches. The offensive line player’s style and approach depends on his teammates on the left and right.

Evan Neal

However, let’s take a look at some of these plays. The negative grumbling about the selection of Evan Neal VII in general began due to videos like the one below:

Thibodeaux provides further evidence of his potential here, but losing his outer shoulder and conceding the ground to a much smaller player doesn’t look great. I won’t overreact to the bootcamp clips. Neil wasn’t quite as polished when he came out of Alabama and he still has massive upsides, strength, size/length, and ability. I like the way Andrew Whitworth in the Hall of Famer analyzed the play:

This is a neat angle, although I wish the play was longer. Neal’s struggles are similar to those of Andrew Thomas’ early struggles; Its tuning depth is inconsistent, it guesses a lot, and it overloads:

Here, Quincy Roach took advantage of Neal’s aggressiveness, having ironically been very aggressive and jumping offside. Neil was also hit by Oshane Ximines’ speed on the first day of sledge training:

Neil has lost several one-on-ones against the Ximines, who is struggling to get a place on the roster. This isn’t encouraging, but it’s also not the end of the world. NFL Speed ​​is a mod for even the best recruits outside of the IMG Academy.

It was great seeing Neil move Jihad Ward (55) away from Saquon Barclay’s below.

Neil will have to learn from these mistakes and adapt to the pace of the NFL. This can come with reps and more time to improve his overall technique. I don’t jump overboard, but I hope to see steady improvement.

Dealing with Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams

The duo is said to dominate the training camp, especially Williams. Here are two clips from Monday’s training.

Williams’ hands seem fast and energetic. He also appears explosive as he maintains a low profile to reduce the surface area of ​​his chest, making him difficult to locate. The first clip is against Mark Glowinski, who is pretty loud at the point of contact. Williams hit Glowinski with force before sinking in and tearing apart the half-man relationship. The second was against Shane Limieux, who couldn’t hold his position against Williams’ counters.

Things aren’t all bad for Lemieux, who is back at work after a knee injury. He works in the center and flashes in the camp:

Dexter Lawrence and Lemiuex were at training camp earlier this week. This led to nonsense talking that seemed to be a joke, but Lawrence’s strength during the plays is visible. The play below is against Jamil Douglas:

Lawrence had several clear victories against the giants’ inner attacking line, so it was refreshing to see John Feliciano snatch Lawrence and trap him to the ground on Wednesday:

Josh Izodo

The selection of the rookie in the third round shows his adaptability and his football intelligence by dealing with the responsibilities of multiple positions. He also showed incredible grip strength in Monday’s training against David Moi (96):

Moa tries to work through Ezeudu’s shoulder, but the young offensive lineman reverses his dash and is strong with the anchor to stop Moa. There are still new issues with Ezeudu:

Rookie quarterback Darrian Beavers demonstrated his versatility by aligning on the edge and penalizing Ezeudu with an inside move that forced an excessive tackle on the ground.

last thoughts

It’s early in the camp. The offensive line is completely overrun and continuity may take some time. There’s a lot of development and competition to follow, and we’re going to look at things in the form of week one versus TN.