2. NY Giants RT Evan Neal
Neal had a brutal rookie season in 2022, but seemed to find his footing over the last few games. He has yet to take the step forward most expected him to take in 2023. Arguably, he has been even worse than in 2022.
PFF has Neal graded as the second-worst tackle in the NFL in 2023, only better than Steelers tackle Dan Moore Jr. In 185 snaps at right tackle this fall, the Giant has allowed 13 pressures, nine hurries, three hits, and a sack. Playing on the offensive line is hard, and the struggles are getting to Neal.
During the Giants comeback against the Cardinals, Jones rushed in for a touchdown to cut the deficit to seven, but the play was negated due to a Neal false start. Luckily, Big Bue was able to score later that drive, but that play could have cost the Giants their first and only victory of the season.
To make matters worse, Neal suffered a non-contact injury in the loss to San Francisco. He rolled his ankle while attempting to get into position for a tackle after a Jones interception that deflected off Waller's hands.
Though Neal has struggled, the best thing for the Giants is for the former No. 7 overall pick to continue to develop, and the only way he can do that is by gaining reps. Neal was drafted in the first round for a reason, and the Giants need his insane athleticism from college at multiple positions to translate to the NFL. Any potential development will be stopped if Neal's injury forces him to miss time.