Neal’s quest to make it got off to a slow start earlier this month when he suffered a concussion in practice and missed the Giants’ preseason opener.
“It feels good to be out there again, to get my feet back on,” Neal told reporters Monday. “Luckily I was only out for a week and a half or so, so it wasn’t a long time, but it was good to be back with the guys.”
Neal played in the Giants’ second preseason game last Friday against Carolina and had a key block on the rookie. eric gray9-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
“Sure, it was a good block. I got to the second level, squared it up, and took it to the end zone. Fortunately, we got a goal, for sure. But everyone in the play did their job (and) that’s why it was a success. So yeah, it was a good play,” Neal said.
As a rookie, Neal seemed to struggle with speed. He’s been cleaning that up this offseason and it’s coming out of the stance quicker of him.
“That’s the nature of the game as an offensive tackle,” Neal explained. “You get off and you get to your place. I feel like I did a good job on that. I feel like I have found a comfortable position again where I can get in and out.
“Friday night I did well, but it’s a pre-season game so I’m not going to dwell on it too much, I have a lot more work to do. I have to continue to maintain my stance throughout the season, so I’ll focus on that.”
“I feel like overall I improved my balance,” Neal added. “I’ve worked on some technical stuff. I peeked out, got in better shape, in better condition, for sure.”
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