Giants top rookies can only learn from Cowboys schooling

What? Did you assume they had been going 17-0?

After the feel-good 2-0 begin, a number of you thought the Giants had been headed for not less than 4-0. You recognize who you might be. And that’s OK. No disgrace in that.

Why not? The Giants started the season with the upset street win over the Titans, the 2021 AFC No. 1 playoff seed, after which held serve at residence in opposition to the Panthers at MetLife Stadium.

The Cowboys had been subsequent and figured to be simple marks with out Dak Prescott on Monday evening at MetLife. Subsequent would be the perpetually mediocre Bears on Sunday.

The prospect of an unimaginable 4-0 begin started to bounce within the heads of some Giants followers proper up till the purpose at which Cowboys defensive finish DeMarcus Lawrence took rookie proper sort out Evan Neal, the seventh total decide in April’s draft, prisoner within the first half with a pass-rushing efficiency proper out of the Lawrence Taylor how-to handbook.

Ideas of beating up on the Prescott-less Cowboys offense danced within the heads of Giants followers, too, till Dallas backup quarterback Cooper Rush performed like Earl Morrall, thanks largely to an invisible Giants cross rush.

A lot, too, for Giants rookie edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux, the fifth total decide within the draft, wreaking havoc within the Dallas backfield. Nobody even knew he was on the sector.

Taking part in in his first NFL recreation, Thibodeaux regarded like a participant, nicely, enjoying in his first NFL recreation. His stat line — one sort out, one tipped cross and nil quarterback pressures — was proof of that.

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Giants defensive finish Kayvon Thibodeaux fights by way of a block by Dallas Cowboys offensive sort out Tyler Smith.
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Hear, Neal and Thibodeaux are greater than more likely to be high-quality. They’ll’t worsen than they had been on the large stage Monday evening, proper?

However we’ve been dwelling in a latest period through which denouncing former basic supervisor Dave Gettleman for his poor drafting and the mess he made out of the wage cap with irresponsible high-priced free-agent signings (see: Kenny Golladay) is in vogue.

And with good purpose.

So, it’s solely truthful to level out that the highest two picks within the first draft class orchestrated by newly employed basic supervisor Joe Schoen — Thibodeaux and Neal — have gotten off to dodgy begins.

It’s method, method, method too early to make an assumption that these two gamers aren’t going to develop into productive, potential stars for the Giants, gamers who justify their respective draft spots. However Monday evening was not a superb look.

What was a superb look was Neal, showered and wearing avenue garments after the sport, dutifully ready at his locker to talk to reporters after they had been let into the locker room.

Neal, who was clearly disgusted by his efficiency, was accountable and measured as he patiently answered repeated questions on what went incorrect in opposition to the Dallas entrance that each confused and beat him.

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Giants offensive sort out Evan Neal walks off the sector after the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Giants.
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That sort of accountability, one thing that’s a core of head coach Brian Daboll’s program, is an efficient signal. Neal will probably be higher for what occurred Monday evening, and being higher begins with how he dealt with himself after the sport.

“There’s rising pains,’’ Daboll stated Tuesday. “I might say it’s not simply Ev, which he acquired beat a pair instances on the sting by a reasonably good participant. There was a number of issues we may have carried out higher protection-wise after going by way of it — whether or not it’s the chips, the [running] backs, one-one-ones in opposition to the blitzers, the within motion, the video games inside.

“There was fairly a little bit of issues. However Evan’s a diligent man. We’ll work on bettering him and attempt to be higher subsequent week.’’

Requested in regards to the ineffectiveness of Thibodeaux, in his NFL debut, and second-year linebacker Azeez Ojulari, who was enjoying his first recreation this season, Daboll credited the Dallas offensive line.

“They did a superb job of blocking us,’’ he stated. “[Thibodeaux and Ojulari] had been on their pitch rely. I believed they gave good effort. Thibs’ first recreation as a professional, [he] did some good issues, however some issues we positively have to get higher and work at.’’

Even at 2-0, there have been a number of issues the Giants wanted to get higher and work at — they usually took a step again in opposition to the Cowboys.

Now Daboll will face his subsequent new problem as a first-time head coach: Coping with defeat.

His message to the group Tuesday?

“The identical that it’s been since I began: Be constant,’’ Daboll stated. “It’s by no means nearly as good as you assume, by no means as dangerous as you assume.’’

The Giants weren’t nearly as good as some needed to assume after they had been 2-0 earlier than dealing with Dallas. And the excellent news is that it’s doubtless that Neal and Thibodeaux gained’t find yourself as dangerous as they regarded Monday evening as they transfer ahead to the subsequent recreation.

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