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New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll says Dallas Cowboys fielder Micah Parsons is a “problem” but his team will have a “good plan for him”; Watch Cowboys @ Giants live on Sky Sports NFL from 1.15am early Tuesday morning
Last updated: September 26, 22 4:00 pm
New York Giants offensive opponent Evan Neal is preparing for the toughest test of his young NFL career to date when he takes on Dallas Cowboys border pusher Micah Parsons on Monday night .
Parsons entered Week Three leading the NFL with four layoffs and 13 pressures while pressuring the quarterback with the fastest 2.01-second average in the league.
It marks the result of an enhanced commitment to using Parsons as a mainstream pusher, where the Penn State product inadvertently emerged as one of the league’s most disruptive players due to pulsating injuries. around him in 2021, drafted primarily as an off-the-ball midfielder. .
He’s played 95 shots in the Cowboys’ opening two games versus 24 as a full-back, and will likely be pitted against rookie Neal at MetLife Stadium in the Week Three finale . Not that the Giant man was so bewildered.
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“He’s a football player like me. He puts his pants on his feet every now and then, like me, puts the straps on his shoulders one by one like me, and he’s a really good player.” Neal told reporters this week. “Definitely excited to go up against him.
“That’s why you’ve always dreamed of playing in the NFL, to go up against the best players. Micah is a great player. He’s really fast, he runs 4.3.
“He’s an elusive passer. He’s really crafty. He’s a very athletic guy and he’s slippery so a lot of times it’s difficult, they play him everywhere.
“They lined him up literally everywhere, he was a knife of the Swiss army for their defense, so that’s really what makes preparing him so difficult.”
Neal scored 73.9 tackles in Week Two’s win over the Carolina Panthers to lift his season’s score to 67.3, the highest of any rookie tackle across the league. Across the ball from him, Andrew Thomas arrived in Week Three as the PFF’s highest-ranked offensive lineman in the NFL with a score of 89.1 over two games.
However, the Giants’ offensive line as a unit has allowed for the league’s high pressure ratio of 49%.
“He’s a problem,” head coach Brian Daboll said of Parsons. “He is an active footballer. He can play many positions.
“You see him in midfield, you see him in defence. He has a rare passing ability, and we will have a good plan for him. He is fun to watch. you’re not ready to play with him. We obviously have to know where he is.”
Parsons netted 13 times in the bag, 37 in midfield, three forced fumbles and 83 tackles en route to winning the Defensive Rookie of the Year award last season, and continued his destruction earlier this month with twice in the net against Tom Brady and Joe Burrow.
“When [opponents] playing the Dallas Cowboys, he might be the first person they talk about in their offensive room,” said Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy.
“We must continue to create targeted challenges for offenses [to] causing the opponent’s offensive staff to work harder, challenging their position. Because at the end of the day, he’s very disruptive. “
The Giants took a 2-0 lead for the first time in six years since the start of the season with tight wins over the Tennessee Titans and Carolina Panthers, with Wink Martindale’s friendly, responsive defense playing a key role and a key player. Daboll’s dynamic Saquon Barkley and Mike Kafka’s offense with 236 yards of charge and touchdown at 6.1 yards per take.
Monday night’s game is expected to see first-round rookie rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux’s season debut after he recovers from a pre-season injury, while the athlete’s additional return Second-year racing driver Azeez Ojulari will help make up for the potential absence of Leonard Williams.
Question marks continue to be raised regarding the Giant’s aerial attack, the rarely used Kadarius Toney being treated for a hamstring injury and the mysteriously absent Kenny Golladay seemingly unsatisfied with the role. his game. Rookie Wan’Dale Robinson will also miss the second game in a row due to a knee injury.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys will be led by backup quarterback Cooper Rush as he continues to replenish the injured Dak Prescott after completing 19 of 31 235-yard passes and a touchdown in the week’s win. before the Cincinnati Bengals.
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