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Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/19/2023 7:48 pm
Offensive Tackle Evan Neal

Q: What do you see when you watch (49ers defensive lineman) Nick Bosa on film?

A: What everybody else sees, man. He was the defensive player of the year in the NFL for a reason. Just a really elusive pass rusher. Great technique, great bend, he has good strength, so it's definitely going to be a good test for me and I'm up for the challenge, I'm ecstatic.

Q: How are you approaching that challenge, in getting ready for the week, preparation, just having to go against him specifically?

A: Just approaching it how I approach any other week. Just analyzing the film, watching the film, making sure that I am honed in on the game plan, especially being on the road. We have to take more mental reps now because haven't been able to get a chance actually go out there and practice and hit guys and things like that. So, just taking the mental approach a lot more serious, just watching more tape, just trying my best to see any tendencies or anything like that.

Q: How does this sort of stack up for you? You've played against other pass rushers, you know the (Cowboys linebacker) Micah Parsons' of the world. How does he sort of stack up, what's different about him, what's the same about him?

A: I mean, with guys like that, when you talk about pass rushers like Micah Parsons, Nick Bosa, I mean all those guys have a knack for getting after the quarterback. Both are tremendous players, high motor guy. I feel like Bosa has a different style than Micah Parsons, they don't move him around as much. He is a true hand in the dirt, outside linebacker, edge rusher. Tremendous player and I am excited for the challenge.

Q: Would you prefer to have the full week where you do get to be physical and out on the field than to what you are dealing with here?

A: I mean that would help, but I can't control that. What we have is what we have and like I said I'm just excited to go out there Thursday night.

Q: You've been around (quarterback) Daniel Jones the last couple of years. How would you describe how he played in the second half on Sunday?

A: Daniel played lights out in the second half. Did a great job of rallying the offense and just getting us to follow his lead for sure. Definitely proud of Daniel, he's a hard worker, one of the hardest working guys that I have ever been around. He definitely put together a great performance.

Q: How do you describe his kind of outward persona, which is kind of very lowkey and when he gets excited like the headbutting when he scored a rushing touchdown and stuff like that. How fiery is he, that we don't see?

A: He's pretty laid back around us, but football is an emotional game. When you're out there in the heat of the moment, 20-point comeback and offense is rolling, it's kind of hard not to show emotion so it's good to see that out of him for sure.

Q: When you talk about Bosa not moving around much, are you just expecting him on you pretty much the whole game?

A: I mean he primarily lines up on the right side, that's where he takes the majority of his snaps, but he does line up on the left as well, just not as much as the right.

Q: What's your mindset, obviously the Dallas game was a lot of criticism and all that stuff. How do you respond, how do you feel going into this game after having that Arizona game under your belt?

A: Just flush it, man. Next page. Criticism is what comes along with playing this sport, you know what I'm saying? I'm not doing it for the critics, I am doing it for myself, my teammates, my family, the ones that believe in me. I am going to go out there and put together the best performance that's possible for my teammates.

Q: What was it like having (offensive lineman) Marcus (McKethan) next to you on Sunday instead of (guard Mark) Glo(winski)?

A: It was great having Marcus there. His first NFL start, and he handled himself really, really well. It was great playing next to Marcus for sure, really proud of him. He went through a lot of adversity, having to miss last year and things like that. Coming out for his first NFL game and he played a really good game, so I'm really happy for him.

Q: I know you guys practice those lineups, but are there any intricacies and details having to go with a new guy in a game like that?

A: I mean, not so much. We are all a part of the same o-line, we are all a part of the same scheme, we practice on the same practice field, we are on the same team and Marcus is a professional. He knows how to get his job done and he did it well.
Let’s go Neal!  
Chris684 : 9/19/2023 7:51 pm : link
Big chance on TNF against a great pass rush to prove you belong at RT.
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 9/19/2023 7:59 pm : link
No 'Happy Birthday!' wishes for Evan?
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