Not every NFL team in the league actually plays in the city represented by their first name. The Dallas Cowboys actually play in Arlington, Texas and the 49ers play in Santa Clara, California. That is just two examples, but many fans already know these things.
Speaking to the media last week, New York Giants first-round pick Evan Neal admitted that he didn’t know his team actually played in New Jersey. He said he thought the Giants played in New York City or at least in the state of New York.
“I didn’t even know the Giants were in Jersey. So that was news to me,” Neal said.
Neither the Giants nor the New York Jets have called the state of New York or New York City home for decades. The only team that actually plays in New York is the Buffalo Bills.
Bleacher Report recently released their list of Every Team’s Best-Value Selection and for Big Blue, the pick of Neal at seventh overall was the one recognized on the list:
“The Giants put themselves in a position to have a franchise-altering first round and executed to perfection.
The team landed the top two prospects on the B/R Scouting Department’s big board, getting Kayvon Thibodeaux at No. 5 overall and Evan Neal at No. 7 overall.
Both moves represented immense value, given they each were in the discussion for the No. 1 overall pick. Neal gets a slight edge as the most valuable of the two selections due to the higher chance he sticks around for a long time as an anchor along a Big Blue offensive line that sorely needs all the help it can get.
Neal was dominant during his time at Alabama, going head-to-head with some of the top pass-rushers in the nation and winning most of his battles. He locked down top overall pick Travon Walker in their matchups and allowed a total of four sacks over the past two years.
He’s almost certain to start in Year 1, manning the same right tackle spot that the Crimson Tide deployed him at as a junior in 2020. With Andrew Thomas on the left, the G-Men have an enviable set of bookends to build the offensive trenches around.”
Neal started for the Tide as an 18-year-old freshman and played both tackle spots. He will be a centerpiece of the Giants organization for the next decade to come.