Anthony Thomas violated a Giants team policy
There was something very odd about the New York Giants’ win over the Washington Football Team on Sunday and that was the fact that rookie first rounder, offensive tackle Andrew Thomas, didn’t play the entire game. He actually started on the bench with fellow rookie Matt Peart essentially splitting time with him throughout the afternoon.
With Thomas not having a great first year, it was difficult to know whether Peart playing was to see what he could do to help the offense or whether it was disciplinary. Now we have an answer.
Giants’ head coach Joe Judge spoke with the media after the game and indicated that Thomas violated a team policy and of course wouldn’t provide details. Instead of flat our benching Thomas, Judge didn’t allow him to play the entire game.
“it wasn’t a disrespectful thing, but he violated a policy and there is consequences to that,” said Judge, via Giant Insider.
I assume that it’s safe to say that Thomas will get his starting job back this week when the Giants face off against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night.
After six games, the Giants really need Thomas to step up and play better, His Pro Football Focus pass blocking grade is awful.
Update: Here’s what Thomas had to say, via Jordan Raanan of ESPN.
“I was late for our meeting last night. Coach Judge always talks about actions have consequences, and I take responsibility for my actions and the consequences. It won’t happen again.”