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Giants news, 6/1: Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal, OTA takeaways, Tommy DeVito, more headlines

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Giants Evan Neal, Kayvon Thibodeaux hoping for better second seasons

General manager Joe Schoen made edge defender Kayvon Thibodeaux (No. 5 overall) and offensive tackle Evan Neal (No. 7) but it is fair to say that neither player had the impact that might have been hoped for in their rookie seasons.

Both players are hoping to make a bigger impact in 2023.

Thibodeaux admitted Wednesday that he has a different understanding of what the NFL is than he had a year ago, saying "Once you kind of get that down and you start to really learn the ins and outs of the game, which is kind of what I started to do at the end of the season last year going into this year, I think, you know, it becomes a lot easier.”

Neal, who battled through injuries and a position change, echoed his draft classmate when he said "Nothing’s a surprise now. I know what to expect. I know what an NFL level game is and I can go out there and perform and play well.”

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Other Giant observations

What Giants' OTA position battles tell us about who's in, and out | New York Post+

Let's take an early look at where things stand in eight position battles during the final weeks of the Giants' offseason program.

Wide Receiver Parris Campbell putting in the reps

Top 10 NFC East rookies set to make biggest impacts in 2023 | FOX Sports

Ralph Vacchiano has the Giants top three picks in the top 10: WR Jalin Hyatt, New York Giants at 2, CB Deonte Banks at 5, and C John Michael Schmitz at 8.

On Hyatt, Vacchiano writes:

If this feels a little high for a third-round pick, consider these two facts: 1. The Giants nearly took him in the second round, and 2. The rest of their receiving corps isn't very good. Hyatt is not only the explosive deep threat that quarterback Daniel Jones has never had, the Giants think he's got that potential on shorter routes too — someone who can take a quick slant and turn it into a huge gain. It shouldn't take long for Hyatt to become Jones' favorite receiver and go-to guy.

Hyatt showing his route running abilities at OTAs

Tracking NFL Contract Incentives Heading Into 2023 Season | The 33rd Team

The max quarterback Daniel Jones could earn per year in statistical incentives is $4 million and the max he could earn in playoff incentives is $5 million per season.

The max he could earn over the life of the contract in statistical incentives is $17.5 million and the max in playoff incentives is also $17.5 million.

Deonte Banks working with Adoree’ Jackson

State of the 2023 New York Giants: Can Brian Daboll, Daniel Jones return to postseason? |'s Adam Rank says for the Giants 2023 to be a success, they must get back to the playoffs.

Wait, is that fair? Can I do that to the Giants? A lot of things went right for this team to reach the playoffs last season. And you could argue New York's postseason triumph against the Vikings, who won 11 games by one possession in 2022, barely counts. Here's my thing: The Giants could regress in the win column but have an amazing season from Jones, confirming that the quarterback continues to be on track. That's pretty good, right? All that said, in a kind-of-wide-open NFC, getting back to the playoffs is a more concrete target than continuing to head in the right direction. This could be a somewhat weird season.

2022 second-round pick Wan’Dale Robinson on the field as he continues his rehab

Will NFC East be even better? |

CBS Sports’ Jeff Kerr recently ranked the NFL divisions from 1-8, where the NFC East landed all the way at the top of the list. As the analyst wrote, “The best division in football got better” this offseason.

On the Giants, Kerr wrote:

The New York Giants were able to retain Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley while improving the pass catching situation for their quarterback. They should be better after having a strong offseason, while also improving the offensive line.

Bill McGovern, former Bergen Catholic football player, Giants coach, dies | The Record

UCLA football’s former defensive coordinator Bill McGovern has died of cancer at the age of 60, the school announced on Tuesday. He was in his home in California surrounded by loved ones. McGovern, who graduated from Bergen Catholic in 1981, spent eight years in the NFL where he coached for the Chicago Bears, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.

Around the league

Aaron Rodgers’ agent requested Packers trade QB or fire GM in 2021 | The Athletic

Bill Belichick takes responsibility for Patriots’ OTAs violation as New England returns to practice |

Commanders reportedly plan to release guard Andrew Norwell |

Commanders McLaurin says Howell has ‘taken the bull by the horns’ this offseason |

Inside DeAndre Hopkins’s release and why he had no value to NFL teams | Sports Illustrated

From XFL to USFL to free agents, Cowboys scour earth for next kicker |

Examining the Cowboys’ run game: Where it has been and where it needs to go | The Athletic

John Lynch: We're "incredibly encouraged" by Brock Purdy's throwing session | ProFootballTalk

WR Tyler Boyd: Bengals ‘one-upped’ rival Chiefs in signing Orlando Brown Jr. |

Matthew Slater: New kickoff fair catch rule doesn't make it safer | ProFootballTalk

Every NFL team’s top three players entering the 2023 season | PFF

Premier League soccer star Harry Kane wants to ‘explore’ career as NFL kicker |

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