Andrew Thomas can prove his doubters wrong
We all know that New York Giants’ quarterback Daniel Jones has a lot to prove in 2021, but so do some other players like starting left tackle Andrew Thomas.
Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus has compiled a list of the top-10 players that are under pressure to perform this coming season. On the list is Giants’ left tackle Andrew Thomas.
Thomas was the first tackle taken in the 2020 NFL Draft and the No. 1 ranked player at the position on PFF’s Big Board. Still, he struggled compared to the rest of his peers, who hit the ground running with almost unprecedented success.
Thomas needed to have some of his technique reworked for the NFL, and with no preseason to get that accomplished, it meant that he was learning on the job against NFL competition. He allowed at least four total pressures in his first five games and took until Week 8 to earn a PFF pass-blocking grade north of 60.0.
His terrible start clouded the fact that over the second half of the year — one disaster against Haason Reddick notwithstanding — he was actually vastly improved. There were three games down the stretch where Thomas didn’t allow any pressure at all and one more where he allowed just one. Now, he needs to show he can carry that development into Year 2 or risk being left behind by the likes of Mekhi Becton, Jedrick Wills Jr. and Tristan Wirfs.
With the positive way that Thomas finished last season I got a feeling that he will build off of that and live up to being a top-10 pick. Now if he doesn’t play well and has to be benched I think Matthew Peart can play left tackle and then of course Nate Solder could start on the right side.
New offensive line coach Rob Sale will ultimately be in charge of making sure a very young Giants’ line improves this coming season.
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