OL Evan Neal
May 14, 2022
Q. How did it feel to get back out on the football field. Probably first real practice in a while, right?
EVAN NEAL: It feels great just to go out there, get back in the right type of stance -- ain't played right tackle since my sophomore year. So brought back some pretty good nostalgia. It’s just really good, man. You know, to practice on an NFL team, it doesn't get better than that. Definitely my dreams came true. Just excited, for sure.
Q. Can you talk about the transition to right tackle? What are some of the keys that you're trying to focus on?
EVAN NEAL: Really just trying to make sure my stance and my set, you know, being on the left side, really just transitioning everything back over to the right. That's pretty much what it is.
Q. How do you balance between not pressing out here because it’s your first NFL practice and just going out there and playing football?
EVAN NEAL: I'm just going out there and doing what I love, man, just playing ball, just trying to get better, grasp the playbook, just having fun. Doesn't get any better than this.
Q. Are you a guy that wants to hit and gets restless when there are no pads on?
EVAN NEAL: We hit a whole lot at Alabama, so I guess Coach Saban made me that way. There's a time and place for everything, but right now just trying to get the fundamentals down and try to get better, so I'm just excited so do that.
Q. How much of what they are teaching you fundamentally here is a little bit different, if it's what they want in their scheme versus what you're used to or is it similar because of what you ran there?
EVAN NEAL: Being that Coach Dabs is from Alabama, it's pretty similar schematically. There are a few nuances as far as verbiage and terminology and things like that, but from a technical standpoint, it's pretty much what I’ve done.
Q. What’s it going to be like interacting with Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley when the vets are in on Monday?
EVAN NEAL: It's going to be pretty cool. I'm just excited to go out there and do my best to help the team, for sure. Got a chance to shake Daniel's hand, he's a pretty cool guy. I don’t think I have met Saquone yet, so I’m just excited to continue to just build a relationship with those guys and just help the team.
Q. Saquon said when he looked over and saw you, he said, "that's a big dude." What's your reaction to that?
EVAN NEAL: I am a big dude. I'm pretty sure that most people that see me have that same reaction, so that's pretty cool.