5 NY Giants who must prove they can’t be replaced after this season

Will these Giants players be able to deliver this campaign?
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4. OT Evan Neal

When the Giants drafted Evan Neal out of Alabama during the 2022 NFL Draft, fans rejoiced, believing New York just landed their franchise right tackle, and their offensive line bookend to go along with Andrew Thomas.

However, that night in April was the highpoint of Neal’s time with the Giants. Since then, it’s been disappointment followed by disappointment, and while some have preached patience with the offensive tackle, it’s waning thin, as injuries and subpar play continues to mount for Neal.

The offensive line completely derailed the Giants’ season in 2023, and the team can’t afford that to happen again in 2024. That’s why offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo was brought in from the Las Vegas Raiders, and many are hoping he’ll be the key that unlocks Neal’s full potential, whether that’s at tackle or guard.

Moving forward, the Giants will likely give Neal one more shot to prove he’s their right tackle of the future, but if it doesn’t work out, it may be time to try to trade or simply cut the former first-rounder. Time is ticking as it pertains to New York’s offensive line, and the Giants must do whatever they can to protect their quarterback, even if that means ending Neal’s tenure with the team.