2021 will likely be Yr 2 for New York Giants’ 2020 first-round decide Andrew Thomas and the stakes couldn’t be larger. Massive Blue wants Thomas, the fourth total choice out of Georgia in final 12 months’s NFL draft, to step up and turn into the left deal with they thought they had been getting.
2020 started as a catastrophe for each Thomas and the Giants. He began the 12 months at left deal with after veteran Nate Solder opted out on account of COVID-19 issues. Issues couldn’t have gone worse for the rookie. He appeared misplaced, was something however dominant, and allowed essentially the most quarterback pressures within the league.
Thomas righted the ship because the 12 months went on and later it was discovered he was coping with an ankle challenge, so he needs to be higher coming into 2021. Sam Monson of Professional Soccer Focus writes that Thomas is one among his high 10 gamers below stress to carry out this fall.
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Thomas was the primary deal with taken within the 2020 NFL Draft and the No. 1 ranked participant on the place on PFF’s Massive Board. Nonetheless, he struggled in comparison with the remainder of his friends, who hit the bottom working with nearly unprecedented success.
Thomas wanted to have a few of his approach reworked for the NFL, and with no preseason to get that achieved, it meant that he was studying on the job towards NFL competitors. He allowed not less than 4 whole pressures in his first 5 video games and took till Week 8 to earn a PFF pass-blocking grade north of 60.0.
His horrible begin clouded the truth that over the second half of the 12 months — one catastrophe towards Haason Reddick however — he was truly vastly improved. There have been three video games down the stretch the place Thomas didn’t enable any stress in any respect and another the place he allowed only one. Now, he wants to point out he can carry that growth into Yr 2 or danger being left behind by the likes of Mekhi Becton, Jedrick Wills Jr. and Tristan Wirfs.
All true. It didn’t assist that the Giants’ offensive line was in whole flux in 2020. Thomas started the season lined as much as left guard Will Hernandez, who in his third season, noticed his efficiency decline. When Hernandez contracted COVID-19 in November, he was spelled by one other rookie, Shane Lemieux, who additionally struggled. The Giants had been additionally breaking in a brand new middle in Nick Gates, who had by no means performed the place on any degree earlier than final 12 months.
Thomas’ maturity will go an extended option to solidifying the Giants’ line — and offense — this 12 months. So, sure, the stress is on.