New York Giants: Andrew Thomas enjoying fantastic second-year breakout

Anthony Rivardo
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The New York Giants have arguably the worst offensive line in the NFL. In fact, Pro Football Focus has ranked the Giants’ offensive line 28th through fifteen weeks. For years, the Giants have unsuccessfully attempted to rebuild their offensive line. Except for one bright spot that has started to shine through this year. Left tackle Andrew Thomas is enjoying a fantastic second-year breakout, giving the Giants hope along the offensive line for the first time in a long time.

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The New York Giants selected Andrew Thomas with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. This pick was criticized heavily during Thomas’s rookie season. Andrew struggled to transition to the speed of the NFL and fell flat as a rookie. The Georgia product allowed 10 sacks and 57 pressures (second-most of all offensive tackles).

Andrew Thomas has bounced back to have a spectacular sophomore season. He has allowed only one sack this season in nine games. Thomas has posted a 79.5 pass-blocking grade this season, the sixteenth-highest grade in the league amongst offensive tackles (PFF).

The Giants’ offensive line might be in shambles, but Andrew Thomas has been a rock while protecting the quarterback’s blindside. Wholesale changes will come across the front line as the Giants look to make major upgrades this offseason. But the one constant will be Thomas as he remains firmly locked into the left tackle position.

Although the selection was criticized last year, the Giants’ decision to make Andrew Thomas the fourth-overall pick in last year’s draft seems like a phenomenal choice now. Thomas took a big leap this year and looks to be a foundational piece for the Giants going forward. The New York Giants will build their offensive line around Andrew Thomas to create a strong foundation for many years to come.