Giants rookie Evan Neal says he has “never” played as badly as he did Monday night

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When the Giants spent the seventh overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft on offensive tackle Evan Neal, they had big plans for him. The early results have not been promising.

Starting at right tackle on Monday night, Neal was badly outplayed by Cowboys edge rusher DeMarcus Lawrence, and Neal said afterward that his performance wasn’t good enough.

I’ve just got to play better,” Neal said, via Newsday. “There’s no other way to call it. I can get technical with you guys [in the media] all day long, but I just gotta play better. There’s no other way to slice it or sugarcoat it. I gotta play a better brand of football.”

Asked if he has ever played as poorly as he did on Monday night, Neal said: “Never.”

And Neal vowed not to let it happen again.

“I’ll watch the film, be critical of myself, be hard on myself, and just learn from this,” he said. “I have to use it as a learning experience so I can grow and get better.”

8 responses to “Giants rookie Evan Neal says he has “never” played as badly as he did Monday night

  1. Andrew Thomas was horrible his rookie year and now in year 3 he’s considered one the top OT’s in the league. I think Neal will figure it out.

  2. He was also outplayed by Tyler Smith, who every single talking head laughed at Jerry for taking like 17 picks after Evan Neal was taken.

  3. Seems like he has the right attitude anyway. You would never hear those words coming out of Kyler Murray’s mouth.

  4. The NFL is a different beast when it comes to the trenches. He got worked by a savvy veteran. A lot of teachable tape from the performance. He’s gonna take his lumps but will be better for it.

  5. From what everyone says, he’s super hard working and takes his craft and body very seriously so I think he’ll figure it out. He got taught a lesson the other night and I think he’ll learn from it.

  6. Don’t be so hard on yourself young Evan. That front 7 with #11 can make any o lineman look lost. Yeah they’re that good. Elite, with the best football player in the league. Fact.

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