Giants first-round pick Malik Nabers drew laughter for accidental spelling mishap

After putting an end to his successful journey with LSU, wide receiver Malik Nabers announced his NFL draft. Despite concerns about his “high maintenance” label, the New York Giants showed confidence in Nabers by selecting him with the sixth overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft.

However, it was his unintentional blunder in spelling quarterback Daniel Jones’ name that stole the spotlight during his introductory press conference at the Giants’ facility. Upon arriving at the Giants’ facility, Nabers faced questions from reporters. One of the reporters inquired if he had spoken with Jones yet. Nabers responded affirmatively, but his pronunciation of Jones’ name as “Janiel” instead of Daniel drew chuckles.

“Yeah, I actually did talk to Janiel Jones. He was like I’m happy you’re here. We’re going to hit the ground running. He’s going to learn about me, and I’m going to learn about him, and we’re going to get together,” Nabers said.

Nabers earlier raised eyebrows before his draft by saying the Giants should address their quarterback situation to accommodate a receiver of his caliber.

“That’s a decision that’s going to have to be placed when I hear my name called. I don’t know where I’m going. Going to New York, it wouldn’t be a bad idea. The quarterback situation, I know they’re going to figure it out, especially if they have a caliber receiver coming like me. They’re going to want to get me the ball, so I’m sure they’re going to want to have a quarterback that can do that,” he said.

Jones, who endured a challenging season marked by injuries, is determined to bounce back stronger. As the quarterback is preparing for the upcoming season, the dynamic between him and Nabers will undoubtedly be under scrutiny given their murky equation. However, he has full trust in his potential to uplift the Giants offense.

Malik Nabers swings into action for Giants’ offense

Malik Nabers is bringing a unique “Spider-Man talent” to the Giants offense in the upcoming season. Inspired by the iconic superhero’s ability to sense danger, he describes his knack for evading defenders and finding separation on the field as his own version of a “spider sense.”

“I have that little Spider-Man talent. When I feel somebody on the field, I know how close out-of-bounds is. I just know how to react to the ball, late, late hands, understanding where the defender can be on my route,” Nabers said per NY Post.

Malik Nabers
Malik Nabers (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)

The wide receiver aspires to follow in the footsteps of renowned receivers like Odell Beckham Jr., Justin Jefferson, and Ja’Marr Chase. He also carves out his own legacy as a top-tier playmaker.

Nabers has already showcased his ability to anticipate defenders’ movements, react to the ball, and maintain awareness of his position relative to the sidelines. His late hands and precise route running make him a formidable threat in the passing game. For him, the key to success lies in getting the ball in his hands and allowing his natural instincts to take over.

Do you think that the receiver will be able to continue his success on the grand stage of the NFL as well?


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Maliha is an insightful sports writer with over a year of experience focusing on the NFL. Initially venturing into both NFL and NBA coverage, her journey began without a particular affinity for American football. However, her passion for the sport blossomed as she started following football more. Now, a huge NFL fan, Maliha meticulously follows every development within the league. She always wants to ensure her analysis is comprehensive and up-to-date to fellow readers.


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