Giants’ Joe Judge offers explanation for Andrew Thomas benching to start week 6

Alexander Wilson
New York Giants, Andrew Thomas
Sep 14, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Andrew Thomas (78) blocks Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree (48) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

One of the bigger storylines before the New York Giants took on Washington in week six was the benching of Andrew Thomas to open the game. Thomas, who has struggled to start his career in the NFL, reserved his normal duties to Matt Peart, a third-round pick out of the University of Connecticut.

At first, it seems as if the Giants just wanted to give Peart a chance, considering Thomas’ struggles over the first five weeks. He has been awful in pass blocking and an inconsistent run blocker. All of the strengths he carried over from Georgia have seemed to take a backseat as a Giants try to rework his sets and technicalities.

Nonetheless, head coach Joe Judge explained after the contest that Thomas had violated a team rule (late to a meeting), which resulted in his benching to start the game.

This seemed to be a lose-lose situation for Thomas, as he not only was benched, he allowed Matt Peart to come in and perform well at his spot.

This could provide to be an interesting development for their Giants’ week seven matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. I could see Peart starting on Thursday night, and after his performance on Sunday, I think it is justified.