Giants need Anthony Thomas to solidify himself in 2021 as a top offensive tackle
New York Giants’ rookie left tackle Andrew Thomas had a shaky start to his NFL career early on during the 2020 season. But he got better as time went on and really became a very reliable left tackle for starting quarterback Daniel Jones.
Pro Football Focus has Thomas as the Giants’ breakout player for next season. Here’s what they wrote
Things did take a turn for the better for Thomas in the middle of the year. While he was still imperfect, we weren’t seeing him extend on his punch in pass protection as often as he was before. He was more patient with it. That played a significant part in his pass-blocking grade jumping from 45.3 through Week 7 to 63.5 from Week 8 on.
And for those concerned about the lofty pressure total Thomas gave up in Year 1, not every quality pass-protecting tackle in the NFL came out and had a hot start to their NFL career.
Just as PFF’s Ben Linsey wrote, the Giants would have taken Wirfs 10 times out of 10 knowing what they know now. At the end of the day, though, all is not lost with the former Georgia Bulldog. He is still more than capable of climbing out of the hole he dug himself after his notable improvement in the middle of the 2020 campaign.
PFF is right, Wirfs has proven to be the better left tackle. At least during his rookie season. Let’s wait and see how both plays perform over the next several years.