The New York Giants are 0-2 with a ton of negativity and pessimism surrounding the team. After the Giants’ Week Two Thursday Night loss, Giants fans are down in the dumps. A huge shadow of darkness has shrouded this team for the better part of three years now. However, every now and then, some glimpses of light shine through. One of those shining lights after two weeks of the 2021 NFL season is left tackle Andrew Thomas.
When Dave Gettleman was hired as general manager of the Giants in 2018, he vowed to fix the offensive line. In 2020, Gettleman made significant moves to deliver on that promise. Most notably, the Giants drafted Georgia left tackle Andrew Thomas with the fourth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Andrew Thomas’s rookie season was filled with inconsistency. Fans set the expectations high for the Giants’ top-five pick and he did not always deliver. However, he did flash great potential at times last season and looked forward to building on those good performances in 2021.
In the 2021 preseason, fans started to panic when Andrew Thomas struggled in the exhibition season’s finale. But after two weeks in the regular season, Andrew Thomas looks like a brand new player.
Andrew Thomas through two weeks
Andrew Thomas’s sophomore season is off to a strong start. To kick the year off, Thomas put together a top-notch performance against the Denver Broncos. On 43 pass-blocking snaps versus Denver, Thomas allowed 0 sacks (PFF). He also allowed only 2 pressuress in that game.
Andrew Thomas’s Week Two performance built on what he accomplished in Week one. Once again, Andrew Thomas allowed only 2 pressures in Week Two, this time on 38 pass-blocking snaps. Check out this phenomenal pass set below:
Take a look at Andrew Thomas throwing a man to the ground like a ragdoll on this play.
Andrew Thomas has been the #Giants best OL through 2 weeks and it's not even close. He is a MUCH improved player in pass protection. #NYG #TogetherBlue pic.twitter.com/VaVtnNXcQ3
— Anthony Rivardo (@Anthony_Rivardo) September 18, 2021
Daniel Jones seems to feel safe and comfortable with Andrew Thomas protecting his blindside. If he can continue to play at this level, Andrew Thomas will prove the doubters wrong and prove himself to have been a good selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.