Looking at Evan Neal’s early struggles, Giants more over offensive line

New York Giants Training camp this week held its first two fully padded drills of the week, shining a spotlight on the offensive line. The Giants switched four positions on that line from last season; Andrew Thomas is the only remaining starter from the 2021 offensive unit that – to be kind – struggled hard.

New York selected two rookies in the first three rounds (OT Evan Neil and OG/OT Joshua Ejudu) selecting Edudu’s college teammate Ozzy Marcus McKethan in the fifth round. New York also added a number of experienced offensive linemen such as Max Garcia, Jamil Douglas, John Feliciano and Mark Glowinsky.

All of these giants signed one-year deals except for Glowinsky, who signed a three-year contract and figures to start on right guard. There are plenty of newcomers to overhaul one of the worst units in football last season; Offensive line coach Bobby Johnson has his work cut out for him, but it’s a better position than last year.

Padded drills have added one-on-one interception drills, as well as a better look at the offensive line versus defensive line matchups across team periods.

At the start of the camp, available videos show the offensive line clashing against the likes of Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence and Kyvan Thibodaux. Tweets have circulated showing some conflict, but it is important to note the context.

A lot of these videos are one-on-one that is incredibly drawn to defensive success in the trenches. An offensive lineman’s technique and approach are based on his fellow teammates to his left and right.

Evan Neil

Nevertheless, let’s look at some of these plays. The video below has caused a lot of negative buzz about Evan Neil, seventh pick overall:

Thibodaux provides further proof of his ability here, but it doesn’t look great as Neil loses his outside shoulder and leaves the field for a much smaller player. I’m not going to over-react to clips from training camp. Originating from Alabama the indigo was not fully polished and still has a lot of upside, strength, size/length and capacity. I like how future Hall of Famer Andrew Whitworth analyzed the play:

It’s a neat angle, though I wish the play was longer. Neil’s struggles are similar to those of Andrew Thomas; His set-depth is inconsistent, he’s overestimating, and he’s oversetting:

Here, Quincy Roche takes advantage of Neil’s aggression, ironically after being too aggressive and jumping offside. Neil was also beaten by Oshane Zimines’ quickness on the first day of padded practice:

Neil has suffered several one-on-one defeats against the Ximines, who are struggling for a place on the roster. It’s not encouraging, but it’s not the end of the world either. The NFL’s pace is an adjustment even to the top recruits at the IMG Academy.

It was great to see Neil see Jihad Ward (55) walking down the path of Saxon Barclay.

Neil will have to learn from these mistakes and adapt to the pace of the NFL. He can come up with reps and more time to refine his overall technique. I’m not jumping overboard, but I expect to see steady improvement.

Dealing with Dexter Lawrence, Leonard Williams

The pair reportedly dominated training camp, especially Williams. Here are two clips from Monday’s practice.

Williams’ hands look sharp and active. He also appears explosive while maintaining a low profile to reduce the surface area of ​​his chest, which makes it difficult to detect. The first clip is against Mark Glowinsky, very high on the point of contact. Williams struck Glowinsky with power before sinking low and inside to rip off the half-man relationship. The second was against Shane Lemieux, who could not maintain the position against Williams’ counters.

All is not well for Lamieux, who is recovering from a patellar injury. He has been working at the center and has shined in the camp:

Dexter Lawrence and Lemieux were at a training camp earlier this week. This gave rise to bullshit talk that seemed like a joke, but Lawrence’s power is visible during the plays. The play below is against Jamil Douglas:

Lawrence had several clear victories against the Giants’ internal offensive line, so it was refreshing to see John Feliciano snatch and trap Lawrence on the ground on Wednesday:

Josh Ejudu

The rookie third round pick demonstrates his adaptability and football intelligence by assuming the responsibilities of multiple positions. He also showed incredible grip power in Monday’s practice against David Moe (96):

Moa attempts to work through Ezudu’s shoulder, but the young offensive lineman reflects to his crowd and is strong with his anchor to stop Moa. There are still rookie hiccups with Ezeudu:

Rookie linebacker Darien Beavers showed his versatility by aligning to the edge and punishing Ejudu with an inside move that forced an over-setting tackle to the ground.

final thoughts

It’s early in the camp. The offensive line is completely over and continuation may take time. There should be a lot of development and competition, and we’ll see things like Week 1 versus Tennessee.

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