A benching wasn’t rock bottom for Andrew Thomas.
So, what is going to be? And when?
The rookie offensive sort out returned to the Giants’ beginning lineup Thursday in opposition to the Eagles and shortly seemed higher suited to resuming his place on the sideline, earned 4 days earlier as punishment for being late to a workforce assembly. A annoyed fan base already is drawing dreaded comparisons to Ereck Flowers, the final offensive lineman drafted within the first circular by the Giants, and their largest bust of the 2010s.
Thomas, 21, allowed two sacks and 6 quarterback pressures, in line with Pro Football Focus, however the extra eye-popping analytical measurement comes from ESPN: He had a 43.eight % pass-block win charge — about half the league common for offensive tackles.
“Andrew is an effective man to construct with,” coach Joe Judge stated. “We have plenty of plans long-term with Andrew. He’s the sort of man we need to work with, each bodily and his character off the sector. We have plenty of confidence in Andrew. We’re going to maintain working with him and growing him going ahead. I totally anticipate Andrew to have a really productive, lengthy profession on this league.”
It doesn’t sound as if NFL Network draft analyst Bucky Brooks buys the vote of confidence. Brooks — a former NFL participant and a scout for 2 organizations — described Thomas as a “10-year starter” earlier than the draft and later as a “protected choose” for the Giants. Now?
“The Giants should be involved about Andrew Thomas and his struggles,” Brooks wrote on Twitter. “He’s having a tricky time holding up in [one-on-ones] on the sting. As the No. four total choose, you anticipate him to be a ‘plug-and-play’ prospect. He’s solely six video games into his profession, however he’s not taking part in prefer it.”
Thomas is rated No. 63 of 76 qualifying offensive tackles by Pro Football Focus, behind fellow first-rounders Tristan Wirfs (No. 28), Mekhi Becton (No. 31) and Jedrick Wills (No. 60). He has allowed a NFL-high 37 pressures in seven video games and appears much less efficient than rookie teammate Matt Peart, which has created the recognition impact generally seen with backup quarterbacks.
“If you’re going to take a excessive first-round draft choose, you higher not be taking a projection,” a veteran offensive line coach instructed The Post. “Turn on the tape and [Thomas] was a really flawed participant at Georgia, however from a body standpoint he was handsome.”
Comparisons to Flowers are unfair in that teammates questioned Flowers’ dedication along with his approach, and the early learn on Thomas is that his issues are remoted to the sector. Nevertheless, plans to ease in each Flowers and Thomas at proper sort out had been scrapped earlier than their rookie coaching camps obtained underway.
Nate Solder’s COVID-19 opt-out did to Thomas what Will Beatty’s offseason harm did to Flowers in 2015. Flowers’ confidence was ruined. Will the identical occur to Thomas by season’s finish?
“I see him coming to work on daily basis with a very good angle, effort and vitality,” Judge stated. “When you see guys with confidence points, usually the urgency goes down. I see this man work tirelessly on daily basis, so no. Nothing goes to be good on a regular basis. We must maintain doing a very good job of teaching him and bringing him alongside.”