Andrew Thomas’ NFL career could not have gotten off to a worse start. The fourth overall pick out of Georgia in the 2020 NFL draft was supposed to solve the New York Giants’ left tackle dilemma for the next decade.
Instead, Thomas floundered out of the gate and it took him nearly a half a season to get his sea legs under him. Since then, he’s steadily been improving and is on his way to becoming a top NFL left tackle.
From Pro Football Focus:
The Giants have dealt with a number of injuries this season, paving the way for seven different linemen to play at least 200 snaps. Andrew Thomas has shown massive improvements in his sophomore season, with just one sack surrendered and a 79.5 PFF pass-blocking grade. But when he is out of the lineup, things get ugly quickly.
With one game remaining in this lost 2021 season, Thomas met with the media to discuss his progress and the state of the team.
“For me, the focus is just trying to be the best player I can be for my team,” Thomas told reporters on Monday. “There are obviously things that I need to clean up as a player before I can look at somebody else and point the finger. I’ve got to be playing at the best possible way I can, so to do that, I’m focused on that.
“I think both seasons I’ve continued to get better as the season went on… We’ve got another opportunity this week to play at a level that I’m proud of, so just trying to work on that every day.”
Thomas said that the team is still committed to fight under Judge and that there are better days ahead.
“I definitely believe that,” he said. “I think we have a lot of talented guys in this locker room. I think we have the ability to play well. We’ve just got to get on the same page and stop beating ourselves. That’s the biggest thing Coach Judge always says is you can’t win until you keep from losing. Until we do that, we’re not going to be as successful as we want to be.”