Fact or Fiction: Camp storylines & sleepers

Kayvon Thibodeaux vs. Evan Neal will be the best one-on-one matchup of training camp

Dan Solomon: Fact – These two have been going against each other since their high school showcase camps when they were the first and fourth overall recruits in the 2019 class, respectively. Now, they will do so as the fifth and seventh overall NFL draft picks and teammates to boot. “For me and him, every time we came to a camp, we knew it was like, OK, you know how they’re going to set us up,” Thibodeaux recalled of their one-on-one battles in high school. “But it was that, like, OK, he’s the best, I’m the best. Now let’s get better. Let’s prove to ourselves on why we got this far.”

Lance Medow: Fact – The Giants used a pair of first-round picks on these two players for a reason and there’s no better way to prepare for the upcoming season than testing themselves against one another in practice. It will also be their first action with pads on adding even more value to the head-to-head matchup. Thibodeaux will likely move around, but he’ll see his fair share of snaps against Neal and how they push each other will help set the tone for their rookie campaigns.

Matt Citak: Fact – We are still about a month away from the start of training camp, but both of the Giants’ first-round picks have garnered high praise from their teammates. Thibodeaux and Neal entered the draft as two of the best at their respective positions, with each spending some time of the pre-draft process as the favorite to go first overall. Not only will the one-on-one matchups between the two at training camp be highly entertaining, but they will also provide great learning opportunities for both young men to learn from the other. On a similar note, the Azeez Ojulari vs. Neal matchup is a close second.

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The offensive line is the top item you will track this summer

Dan Solomon: Fact – You got a sense of how the depth chart is shaping up during spring practices, but it’s a whole new ballgame when the pads come at training camp. The overall progress of the offense is one of the top story lines this season, but as we all know, it only goes as far as the O-line takes it.

Lance Medow: Fiction – The offensive line is the low hanging fruit of the team. It’s easy to simply head in that direction based on previous years but with the exception of left guard, we have a pretty good idea who the other four starters will be heading into the season, so the secondary and even tight end spots are far more interesting to track. The depth chart for both positions groups is unclear as well the as specific roles within their respective schemes.

Matt Citak: Fiction – Although the offensive line will obviously play a significant role, the top thing to track this summer is the overall progress of the offense, and it starts with Daniel Jones. The fourth-year quarterback threw for 3,000+ yards and 24 touchdowns in his rookie campaign, but he has failed to mimic those numbers in the two seasons since. Brian Daboll is an incredibly creative offensive mind, evidenced by the success of the Bills’ offense over the past few years. It will be key for the entire offense to get comfortable with Daboll’s offensive scheme throughout the summer as we approach the start of the regular season in September.

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