It wasn’t long before Brian Daboll became an avid admirer of the Rangers during their NHL playoff series with the Penguins, and the Giants’ new head coach plans to attend Game 7 at the Garden on Sunday night.
Daboll called the Rangers’ comeback in their first-round streak a “really good example” as he prepares for his first season as NFL head coach.
“They’re 3-1 down in the series, 2-0 in Game 5 and 2-0 in Game 6 and they’re all writing them off and what are they doing?” said Daboll. “They just keep competing. In one after the other, the other team comes back, scores the same, loses some momentum and finishes the game strong. That’s a pretty cool team to watch now.”
Daboll has played in games 2 and 5 of the Rangers-Penguins series with General Manager Joe Schoen.
“It’s a great environment,” said Daboll.
Daboll has been an offensive coordinator in Buffalo for the past four years, working for Bill’s owners Kim and Terry Pegula, who also own the NHL’s Sabers.
Rangers have spotted their newest fan. Her Twitter feed posted the video of Daboll’s words of praise, adding, “RT if you love Coach Daboll.”
The Giants’ two first-round draft picks have signed their first NFL contracts. LB Kayvon Thibodeaux, ranked No. 5 overall, signed a four-year deal worth $31.3 million. OT Evan Neal, ranked #7 overall, signed a four-year deal worth $24.6 million. Both contracts are fully guaranteed.
In addition to Thibodeaux and Neal, the Giants have signed four other players from their 2022 draft class: LB Micah McFadden, DT DJ Davidson, G Marcus McKethan and LB Darrian Beavers.
Neal started in left tackle in 2021 in Alabama and last played as a starter in right tackle in 2020. In this rookie mini-camp, he adjusts back to the right side.
“It feels great to just get out there and get back into position – I haven’t tackled properly since my sophomore year,” Neal said. “Brings back pretty good nostalgia. It’s just really good, man. You know, training on an NFL team, it doesn’t get any better. In any case, my dreams have come true. Just excited for sure.”
Daboll has refrained from singleing out many of the rookies in that camp, but he said Florida State’s RB Jashaun Corbin “kind of stood out a little bit” on Friday, impressed that Corbin has shown he’s “athletic and fast.” ‘ Corbin led the Seminoles in 2021 with 887 rushing yards but was not drafted.
After two days of rookie minicamp, the Giants signed two players who were invited to tryouts: DE Ryder Anderson (Indiana) and DB Jordan Mosley (Maryland).
A day after helping out in training by throwing at the tight ends, Schoen said he was feeling sore and watched from the sidelines on Saturday. The 42-year-old Schoen was a season-long quarterback at DePauw University in Indiana before moving to the wide receiver position.
“There were a lot of tight wobblers out there,” Daboll said of Schoen’s passes. “But they got where they wanted to go.”
There’s only one quarterback in rookie camp, Brian Lewerke, who was on the practice team last season.
“I just thought that was the best,” said Daboll. “He’s been here a while. He knows what we’re doing. It takes a while to teach these guys some of that stuff and I think he has a pretty good understanding of what we’ve been doing for the past month, so that was the thought process behind it.
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