The New York Giants are enjoying the emergence of an elite player within their offense. Third-year offensive tackle Andrew Thomas is off to a hot start to begin the 2022 regular season. The Giants drafted Andrew Thomas with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. After a tumultuous rookie season, Thomas came into his own during the second half of the 2021 season. The Giants’ blindside protector has picked up right where he left off to begin this year and is starting to cement himself as an elite left tackle.
Andrew Thomas cementing himself as an elite left tackle
Through the first two weeks of the 2022 regular season, Andrew Thomas has been graded as the best offensive tackle in the NFL. Across these first two games, Thomas has allowed only four pressures, three hurries, and one quarterback hit with zero sacks on 72 pass-blocking snaps. These metrics are good enough to earn Thomas a league-best 89.1 overall PFF grade.
Andrew Thomas has earned an 88.3 PFF run-blocking grade to go along with his 82.8 PFF pass-blocking grade. Thomas is excelling in both facets of the game thus far. The Giants are getting elite pass protection to cover Daniel Jones’s blindside to go along with huge rushing lanes around the left end for Saquon Barkley. Andrew Thomas’s talents were on full display on Daniel Jones’s passing touchdown to Daniel Bellinger:
The New York Giants have a rising star on their offensive line. Andrew Thomas appears to have all of the makings of a franchise-level left tackle. His high-level performances began during the second half of the 2021 season and Thomas has shown no signs of stopping. The New York Giants’ offense would not have reached the level of success that it has so far if not for the elite play they are receiving from their left tackle position. It has been a long time since the New York Giants have had an elite left tackle, but Andrew Thomas seems to be cementing himself as exactly that this season.