To say Saquon Barkley is happy for brand spanking new Giants sort out Evan Neal is an understatement.
“Evan Neal, he’s a bodily specimen,” Barkley stated Tuesday night time on the United Means of New York Metropolis twenty ninth annual Gridiron Gala at The Glasshouse in Midtown Manhattan. “He got here for the draft prime 30 go to. All of the draft individuals kinda have been by my locker. He was there and I used to be like, oh my God, who’s that?
“I noticed him and was like I might not be mad if we’d choose him up,” the working again stated with a smile. “I didn’t know he was gonna drop that far (to No. 7 general), however nice. I’m glad he’s on our crew.”
Barkley, one in all Tuesday night time’s Hometown Heroes, stated he’s not making any grand predictions or placing further stress on Neal (from Alabama) and No. 5 general choose Kayvon Thibodeaux (from Oregon). He simply is aware of they’re two particular additions to the crew.
“They’re nice skills,” he stated. “I’m excited particularly selfishly as a working again, once you get a 6-7, 350-pound lineman serving to you out — however not simply myself, the quarterback, too, and our offense usually.”
Jets sort out George Fant, Tuesday night time’s different Hometown Hero, stated Neal’s dimension advantages him most in how he can “anchor” on cross units.
“What I’ve seen from him, he can actually play,” Fant stated. “He’s lengthy, an enormous man. Excited to see him play.”
Fant stated of his personal crew’s draft, which included first spherical picks Ahmad Gardner, Garrett Wilson and Jermaine Johnson:
“For us to go on the market and get three picks, I believed we have been solely gonna get two. Seems like we bought some guys we actually wanted for our offense and protection, as properly. Excited to get them in, begin working and win some video games.”
TAKING THE FIFTH
Giants defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence was excited in regards to the crew choosing up his fifth-year choice.
“It feels good,” he stated with a smile. “Exhibits they nonetheless need me round. And I need to be a New York Large, so it’s good.”
First-year GM Joe Schoen continued making modifications on Tuesday to the entrance workplace he inherited. Professional scouting executives Ken Sternfeld and Matt Shauger are not with the membership, a supply confirmed. The Athletic first reported the information.
Sternfeld’s departure might be a retirement. The senior professional scouting govt has been with the Giants group since 2002. Shauger, a senior professional scout/soccer methods analyst, has been with the Giants since 2005.
Firings started Monday with the dismissals of Chris Pettit (director of school scouting, with Giants since 2004) and Kyle O’Brien, school scouting senior personnel govt (with Giants since 2021).
Schoen evaluated his workers for 3 months by his first NFL Draft earlier than making these sweeping workers modifications.