The New York Giants rebuilt their offensive line this offseason after years of poor play up front. The lone brightspot in the 2021 season was left tackle Andrew Thomas. But Thomas is now joined by 2022 seventh-overall pick Evan Neal and a number of other new acquisitions. Giants fans are expecting the performance of the front line to improve drastically. However, the offensive line has still struggled in training camp and after one preseason game.
Andrew Thomas on the performance of the Giants’ offensive line
Andrew Thomas recently spoke about the growing pains of the New York Giants’ offensive line ahead of the team’s second 2022 preseason game. In the running game, the Giants have been impressive this summer. In their preseason opener against the New England Patriots, the Big Blue offensive line helped the team gain 177 yards rushing.
“We want to be dominant in the run game and that definitely opens up the passing game. But like I said it’s still some things on film that we want to clean up technique-wise, but the effort and energy was high.”Andrew Thomas via Yahoo.com
In pass protection, though, the Giants have left a lot to be desired this summer. However, it is a new, revamped positional unit. Growing pains are to be expected. Andrew Thomas acknowledged the need to clean things up, saying, “For the first time, a new unit being together, not terrible, but a lot of things we’ve got to clean up. We didn’t have that big of a sample size, so we have to be really efficient in the plays that you get. Just going back, working on the technique, and making sure we get it like coach wants it.”
The New York Giants hired a brand new coaching staff this offseason. New offensive line coach Bobby Johnson bring an aggressive injury that promotes an angry playing-style and calls upon the players to play with chips on their shoulders. Once that message resonates and the new techniques become comfortable, the Giants’ offensive line should start improving. In addition to the new talent added across the New York Giants offensive line, Andrew Thomas will lead the unit as a budding star in the NFL. The team will hope to see their play improve over the next few weeks of preseason games.