Evan Neal named Giants’ X-factor ahead of 2024 season

The New York Giants have shown patience in Evan Neal’s career as an offensive lineman. Neal, who was drafted by the Giants with the seventh overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft from the University of Alabama, has faced challenges in his early years. After a disappointing rookie season, injuries hampered Neal’s performance in his sophomore campaign in 2023.

As Neal enters a critical year, PFF has recognized him as the X-factor for the Giants. The team has made investments in the offensive line during free agency, including the signings of Jon Runyan Jr. and Jermaine Eluemunor, which should provide support for Neal and the entire offensive line. However, there are still uncertainties about how the new additions will fit into the rotation.

Furthermore, Neal will be working with a new offensive line coach, Carmen Bricillo. The success of Neal’s career turnaround in his third NFL season will depend on his ability to stay healthy and perform well for the Giants.
As the Giants allow Saquon Barkley to depart in free agency, the offensive line’s performance becomes even more crucial going forward. A significant portion of the line’s success hinges on Evan Neal’s ability to step up.