New York Giants: 5 reasons to expect a big Andrew Thomas/Will Hernandez improvement

New York Giants, Andrew Thomas

The New York Giants head into the 2021 season with a big question in the trenches. They failed to address the offensive line in free agency and declined to do so in the 2021 NFL draft, but there is reason for optimism after a few unfortunate factors played a significant part in the demise of the unit last season.

Ultimately, the Giants ranked 31st in pass blocking efficiency but were a tad more proficient in run blocking, raking in the middle of the pack as Wayne Gallman helped sustain one of the worst offenses in the NFL. Averaging just over 18 points per game, only the lowly New York Jets were below them, but the Giants re-tooled their offense and put them in a place where significant improvements are an expectation.

However, none of their weapons matter if Daniel Jones doesn’t have time in the pocket. The left side of the OL is integral to his protection scheme since it’s his blindside. Andrew Thomas struggled to get his footing in his rookie season, giving up double-digit sacks and left guard Will Hernandez didn’t fare much better. Nonetheless, I believe they’re in for a far better campaign this upcoming year, thanks to a variety of reasons.

Five reasons to expect a big improvement from Andrew Thomas and Will Hernandez:

1.) Both played injured in 2020

After Thomas’s rookie season concluded, it was discovered that he had an ankle injury that required surgery. He played the entire year with his injury that he picked up in training camp, which clearly affected his footwork and overall efficiency. He has since cleaned up the injury and should be 100% for the start of the 2021 season, which will help him improve tremendously.

Hernandez also reportedly had an injury, according to his personal trainer, Duke Manyweather. Both players endured far more than just injuries, as they were also behind mentally in the experience category and understanding of Jason Garrett’s schematics.

2.) Lack of in-person training

Due to COVID-19, both Thomas and Hernandez lacked significant time on the training field with the team. When you aren’t able to establish the base concepts and apply them to practice, it makes transitioning them to a live game that much more difficult. The reality is, they didn’t even have the luxury of practicing and creating muscle memory with their new scheme, which initiated a poor start to the regular season.

3.) Hernandez caught COVID

I would be remiss not to mention the fact Will Hernandez was diagnosed with COVID-19 last year, which significantly hampered his stamina and strength. That was a primary reason Shane Lemieux started a majority of the second half, and the Giants had no choice but to ride with him as Hernandez fought his way back.

4.) No pre-season

As stated above, the lack of preseason forced the Giants to transition from training camp directly to the season against live-action. Pre-season is integral to applying new schematics, especially with a new coaching staff trying to corral the team. Why the defense blew past expectations, the offense struggled to get things going, especially with the lack of playmakers and a blocking scheme that was not refined.

5.) No chemistry

Another factor that played a part was a lack of chemistry in the trenches. With new faces at left tackle, center, and right tackle, the Giants barely had any time for their players to experience each other’s tendencies and timing. The chemistry between an LT and LG is extremely important, and aside from the other factors affecting their efficiency, the lack of experience together clearly showed up on tape.

Why the New York Giants’ offensive line might be better than we think

New York Giants, Andrew Thomas, Matt Peart

Many are still concerned about the New York Giants’ offensive line heading into the 2021 season. According to PFF, their OL ranked near dead last in pass-blocking efficiency last year and average in run blocking, indicating upgrades are required. Still, there are a few factors we should consider before claiming this unit has terrible.

In fact, when you look at each individual position, you see plenty of reasons why they struggled in 2020, which is why last year isn’t a good sample size to utilize for their future potential. That is a primary reason why general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Joe Judge didn’t jump to conclusions and draft an OL with a high draft selection.

Going through each position on the New York Giants offensive line:

LT: Andrew Thomas

When looking at Andrew Thomas objectively, you quickly see that he allowed 10 sacks and 39 hurries last year in his rookie season. He struggled considerably at times, but after Marc Colombo was fired, he saw improvements across the board, especially in pass blocking.

However, Thomas dealt with an ankle sprain injury that required surgery in the off-season, which he suffered during training camp before the regular campaign even began. He battled the entire year with discomfort and having alleviated that pain, he should be 100% in 2021 with even more consistent coaching.

I believe Thomas will have a nice bounce-back season in year two, and having a bit of continuity in the trenches is also beneficial. The same offensive scheme under Jason Garrett, with additional layers added, will be helpful in his progression and harass coach Joe Judge made sure to get him the proper coach to help build strengths and not work backward with Rob Sale.

LG: Will Hernandez

One of the weaker players for the Giants in 2020 was Will Hernandez, who had trouble next to Thomas at left guard. When your left tackle is being beaten inside, a cardinal sin for OTs, it causes problems for everyone around him, including Hernandez, who was hit with one sack and allowed 19 hurries. In addition, Hernandez contracted COVID-19 and never returned the same, battling fatigue for the second half of the season.

Hernandez seems to have lost a bit of weight to fit the Giants’ schematics more appropriately. They like to utilize pulling guards across the formation, and Hernandez should have a bit more agility and quickness to his game this upcoming season, which I think will be an added benefit.

C: Nick Gates

Nick Gates spent his 2020 season adapting to an entirely new position he had never played before. Having played right tackle and right guard previously with the Giants, he made a swift transition to the interior, getting better as the season progressed. However, it was only fair to give him time to learn the ropes at his new position, and he ended up being one of the stronger points on the line to close the campaign. 2021 should offer a far more consistent season with more continuity around him.

RG: Shane Lemieux/Zach Fulton

The real problem is right guard, a position the Giants didn’t address in the draft after cutting Kevin Zeitler to leave a void. They currently have Shane Lemieux and Zach Fulton as their two options, and while there’s reason to believe that Lemieux can develop adequately, there’s not enough proof to justify him being the only option. Without a preseason last year or in-person training, Lemieux did not get the proper coaching entering the 2020 season. However, with a full off-season of work and a real training camp to get things going, I believe them you will take a step forward, which will prove to be beneficial.

Shane was PFF’s worst graded guard in 2020, but based on the factors that influenced not only him but every other player on the line, we should give him the benefit of the doubt going forward.

RT: Nate Solder/Matt Peart

The right tackle position is another one that might cause confusion for fans. Nate Solder opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19, and Matt Peart contracted the virus, which limited his snaps down the stretch and hurt his stamina. I do believe a rotation at RT would be beneficial as they start the new season, allowing them to engage in a position battle. Solder hasn’t played right tackle since his rookie season, and Peart is going into his second year in the NFL, so the Giants are hoping for a nice jump in efficiency.

Ultimately, Matt did show prowess in the run-blocking category but struggled in pass protection. He has the adequate size and strength to be a great option on the right side, but he needs more live reps to get to where he needs to be.

I believe the Giants are higher on Peart than we think, and I see why based on his tangible traits. He’s another player that deserves another opportunity to show he can be an answer instead of a problem at right tackle.

New York Giants: Drafting an offensive tackle should not be a priority

New York Giants, Andrew Thomas, Matt Peart

The New York Giants are entering the 2021 NFL Draft with a clear weakness on offense: the offensive line. The Giants’ pass-block win rate in 2020, according to ESPN, ranked dead-last in the NFL at 46%. Their run-block win-rate ranked 18th at 70%, which is about average or slightly below. So while the Giants did upgrade Daniel Jones’s weapons in free agency, fans feel like they still desperately need to fix the offensive line in front of him.

Many fans and analysts are predicting that the Giants will prioritize the offensive line in the 2021 NFL Draft. While the Giants should make it a point to add an offensive lineman or two in this year’s draft, they should focus on the interior of the line. New York is set at offensive tackle and should not make it a priority to draft one this year.

Last year, the Giants did make it a priority to draft an offensive tackle. They selected Andrew Thomas with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, then double-dipped at the position in round three with Matt Peart out of UConn. New York has already invested plenty of assets into its offensive tackles. The Giants feel comfortable rolling into the 2021 season with these two second-year tackles as their starters on each side of the line.

The Giants are confident in Matt Peart

According to Paul Schwartz of the NY Post, the New York Giants coaching staff “is high on Matt Peart, who will be given the first shot at the starting right tackle job.” Matt Peart was impressive as a rookie, albeit in a small sample size.

Peart played 150 snaps for the Giants’ offense in 2020. Ten of those snaps came in jumbo formations where Peart lined up as a tight end. 37 of those snaps came at left tackle. The other 103 snaps came at right tackle. The Giants used Peart in a versatile way and tested him out at varying positions to see where he will fit in their future plans.

Ultimately, New York decided that Matt Peart is their right tackle of the future. Peart posted a 69.7 overall Pro Football Focus grade as a rookie, allowing only 9 pressures on 84 pass-blocking snaps. He did not see any time as a full-time starter in 2020, but that will change in 2021 as Matt Peart assumes the starting right tackle position. The Giants are confident in what they have at both right and left tackle. The young duo of Matt Peart and Andrew Thomas should be the bookends on the Giants’ offensive line for a long time.

So while this is a talented and deep offensive tackle draft class, do not expect to see the Giants reach on an offensive tackle at any point in this year’s draft. They could take one as the best player available if that is how the board falls on draft night. But the Giants are unlikely to make drafting an offensive tackle a priority this year after addressing the position in last year’s draft.

New York Giants: Mel Kiper considers Andrew Thomas third best against 2021 OTs

New York Giants, Andrew Thomas

The New York Giants went with a safe pick at a position of need last year and brought on Andrew Thomas in the draft, and this year, they may draft another such lineman. According to ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr., however, Thomas is hardly better than the tackles coming out right now despite having a year of experience in the league.

The names that are being thrown around as top prospects at the tackle position are Penei Sewell and Rashawn Slater. The Giants are believed by some to be in a position to draft Slater at number eleven, while Sewell is expected to be off the board before then.

According to Mel Kiper, those two players are also better than Andrew Thomas and would be taken higher if Thomas was on the draft board.

Thomas did have one of the rougher starts to a season out of the highly drafted rookies from his class. However, despite that run of form causing many concerned comments that the Giants might have chosen wrong, his play started to pick up throughout the season.

To his credit, he would have to undergo surgery during the offseason for an ailment that was previously undisclosed. It’s safe to say that might have affected his play. Also, Thomas was faced with some very tough pass rushers and without much time to get his career on its feet. That was a definite factor in his slow start, but expectations will still be high going into next season.

After all, the Giants spent a top five pick on Thomas. It won’t reflect very well on either him or the team if the top rookies from this year are able to jump into the league and immediately perform better without the same experience.

New York Giants could roll into 2021 with an unaltered offensive line

New York Giants, Matt Peart

The New York Giants are preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft, which takes place in just two weeks. The Giants did a tremendous job this offseason addressing their needs in free agency. New York signed wide receiver Kenny Golladay and tight end Kyle Rudolph to give Daniel Jones the weapons he needed. They also took a risk and signed cornerback Adoree’ Jackson to a big deal to solidify their secondary.

There is one area on offense, though, that went mostly untouched through free agency. Many consider the Giants’ offensive line to be the biggest weakness on the team’s roster. But, looking ahead to the draft and regular season, it appears that the Giants might not feel the same way. It seems like the Giants are confident in their young offensive linemen and expect them to thrive in expanded roles this season.

What will the 2021 offensive line look like?

The tackles

General manager Dave Gettleman and the Giants are confident in what they have at right tackle. New York went offensive line in the first, third, and fifth rounds of the NFL Draft last year. In round three, the Giants selected offensive tackle, Matt Peart, out of UConn. The rookie tackle looked like a solid contributor in his rookie season when he saw the field, albeit in a limited number of snaps. But Gettleman gave his public show of support to Matt Peart, saying he is confident that Peart can start at right tackle this season.

Additionally, the Giants are getting Nate Solder back on a reworked deal after he opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. Solder could be a key addition to the lineup, whether he ends up playing right tackle or kicking out to swing tackle. Regardless, the Giants are comfortable with what they have on the right side of the line and are unlikely to reach on a tackle at any point in the draft.

Andrew Thomas was the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft for the Giants. He had his ups and downs in his rookie season, but Thomas flashed enough and looks like he will turn into a quality long-term starter to protect Daniel Jones’s blindside.

The interior

On the interior of the offensive line, the Giants have some major question marks. New York cut their best lineman, right guard Kevin Zeitler, as a cap casualty. Now they are left with some questionable starters.

Shane Lemieux started the final 8 games at right guard for the Giants last season. He showed some potential as a decent run blocker but struggled severely in pass protection. There is a lot to like about Lemieux’s game and demeanor, and the Giants seem to be very high on Lemieux, but New York needs him to take a huge step forward to feel comfortable with him as a starting guard in 2021.

Assuming Lemieux continues as the starter at left guard, who will be the new man at right guard? The Giants potentially have that guy on their roster already. Through the first eight games of the 2020 season, Will Hernandez started at left guard, as he had the past two years as well. But Hernandez struggled a lot in the first half of the season and ultimately lost his starting position.

Could the Giants plug Hernandez back in the starting lineup this season? It is very possible that they go that route. Hernandez is a former second-round pick that showed a lot of promise as a rookie. But the Giants could potentially address the interior of their offensive line in the second round of the NFL Draft.

One position on the interior where continuity is expected is at center. Nick Gates impressed the fan base and the coaching staff in 2020. Last season was Gates’s first year playing center. Gates showed a lot of growth as the season went on and looks to be a quality starter going forward.

Why fans think the line is in need of an upgrade

The Giants seem pretty confident in this young group of guys that it has on the offensive line. But fans are skeptical. The Giants’ pass-block win rate in 2020, according to ESPN, ranked dead-last in the NFL at 46%. Their run-block win-rate ranked 18th at 70%, which is about average or slightly below. So while the Giants did upgrade Daniel Jones’s weapons in free agency, fans feel like they still desperately need to fix the offensive line in front of him. It will be intriguing to see whether or not the Giants address the offensive line in the 2021 NFL Draft at the end of this month.

New York Giants should pray that Penei Sewell falls to them at eleven

The New York Giants drafted an offensive tackle with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Andrew Thomas had an up-and-down rookie season where he struggled, showed a lot of promise, and played through a foot injury. Going into year two, the Giants are expecting big things out of Thomas. Andrew underwent foot surgery this offseason and will be ready to go in 2021.

New York still has high hopes for Andrew Thomas, despite a shaky rookie season. Andrew is seemingly the left tackle of the future for the Giants. With New York picking eleventh overall in 2021 it is unlikely that they draft another offensive lineman in the first round of the draft. But there is one offensive line prospect that the Giants should pick if he somehow falls to them.

If Penei Sewell somehow slips to the Giants at eleven overall, New York has to take him. Granted, this scenario is a longshot. Sewell is a premium talent at a premium position. But there have been some random mock drafts made where analysts see Sewell falling to the back end of the top-ten and sometimes even outside of the top-ten. The Giants drafted an offensive tackle in the first round last year, but they should not hesitate to double dip in 2021 if Penei Sewell is on the board.

Why the Giants should pray for the chance to draft Penei Sewell

The New York Giants’ offensive line was terrible in 2020. Second-year quarterback Daniel Jones was under constant pressure. The Giants’ offensive line was atrocious in pass-protection and about league-average in the running game.

The Giants’ pass-block win rate in 2020, according to ESPN, ranked dead-last in the NFL at 46%. Their run-block win-rate ranked 18th at 70%. Rookie Andrew Thomas struggled significantly in pass protection. He gave up a league-high 57 pressures and 10 sacks this season. But if there was a positive to draw, Thomas had the fifth-highest run block win rate in the NFL at 80%.

The Giants have something in Andrew Thomas. He will be a legit starting offensive tackle. But Andrew Thomas could not realistically be a reason for the Giants to shy away from drafting Penei Sewell. Thomas has a bright future, but Sewell has been compared to legendary offensive linemen like Orlando Pace.

Penei Sewell is an impressive 330 pound, 6 foot 5 inch offensive tackle with the ability to mirror edge rushers off the line of scrimmage. Sewell is only 20 years old and was dominating seniors as a 19-year-old in college. His 95.8 overall Pro Football Focus grade in 2019 was the highest grade PFF has ever given to a collegiate offensive tackle. Sewell is the player to fix the Giants’ pass-protection issues.

Sewell won his pass-blocking reps at a rate of 3.4 percentage points higher than the average college football player and surrendered pressure at a rate 2.8 percentage points lower. – Pro Football Focus

If Penei Sewell did somehow drop to the Giants’ pick, there would be no hesitation in selecting him. Of course, Sewell and Andrew Thomas play the same position. But that should not prevent the Giants from making Sewell their bookend left tackle of the future. Andrew Thomas struggled to protect the blindside in his rookie season and does have some collegiate experience playing right tackle.

Many analysts suggested he switch to right tackle in the NFL during his pre-draft process. If Penei Sewell were to join the Giants’ roster, Andrew Thomas would need to change course and bookend the other side of New York’s line. This would give the Giants a pair of young, talented offensive tackles to build their offensive line around for years to come.

New York Giants would take a different OT if 2020 Draft happened again

New York Giants, Tristan Wirfs

The New York Giants didn’t have the worst draft in the world in 2020, but they could have done better. According to ESPN, they also would have taken a different player if it happened again. The player they took in reality was of course offensive tackle Andrew Thomas, but that pick has brought mixed results.

Thomas was quickly compared to a bust based on his early games, but was able to take steps forward with a change in coaching methods over the course of the season. Still, his performance will leave Giants fans looking for a big step forward next season.

ESPN believes if the Giants were to draft again, they would skip the uncertainty and select Tristan Wirfs. Wirfs ended up being picked lower than the other top tackles in the draft, but is on the All-Rookie team and is set to play in the Super Bowl with Tom Brady and the Bucs.

It came down to Thomas and Wirfs for the Giants in the real draft. They were atop their board at this position of need. It’s hard after their rookie years not to lean toward Wirfs. He played at an All-Pro level while Thomas allowed the most pressures in the NFL. It was tough to pass on Justin Jefferson in this exercise, but Wirfs was equally impressive at a more premium position. — Jordan Raanan

Things aren’t all that bad for the Giants. Based on the improvements Thomas has made compared to his earliest games, it looks like the Giants managed to avoid ending up with another Ereck Flowers. But they do have a player on their hands that has some more ways to go before reaching his full potential.

Hopefully, for the sake of Daniel Jones, that step forward does come this season.

New York Giants should see further offensive line improvements in 2021

New York Giants, Cleveland Browns

The New York Giants‘ offensive line was inconsistent in 2020. The Giants have had struggles across their offensive line for years now. It is a problem the Giants seemingly cannot fix. However, they are slowly working towards improving the offensive line, investing plenty of assets into the unit over the past two years.

The Giants traded for Kevin Zeitler in 2019 and signed Nate Solder to a huge contract in the 2018 free agency period. These are the two moves New York has made to acquire veteran talent on the offensive line. In 2020, though, the Giants shifted towards a more youthful approach on the offensive line.

New York spent the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft on left tackle Andrew Thomas. They then doubled down at the position in the third round, selecting offensive tackle Matt Peart with pick number ninety-nine. But the Giants were not done there. They also spent a fifth-round pick on offensive guard Shane Lemieux in 2020.

These rookies saw plenty of playing time in the 2020 regular season. However, their performance was not always consistently good. However, there are reasons to believe that the Giants’ offensive line will improve further in 2021.

Continuity is key

The New York Giants’ offensive line severely lacked continuity and experience in 2020. Along with the rookies that saw extensive playing time, the Giants started second-year lineman Nick Gates at center, a position he had never played before. Gates was practically a rookie as well.

Taking that into consideration, the Giants had experienced players at only two of the five offensive line positions last season. Right guard Kevin Zeitler is an excellent, veteran player. Right tackle Cam Fleming is also an experienced veteran. However, the rest of the line was comprised of rookies and inexperienced players for the majority of the season.

The Giants also had no continuity along their offensive line. In terms of calling protections and passing off stunts, continuity and chemistry is crucial. No one on the Giants’ offensive line in 2020 lined up next to a teammate that they lined up next to in 2019.

Kevin Zeitler was placed between a brand new center and a brand new right tackle. The absence of Nate Solder left rookie Andrew Thomas as the Giants’ starting left tackle, sandwiching the left guard position between two newly acquired players.

The 2021 season will see the Giants’ offensive line play with far more chemistry and continuity than they did in 2020. There is not likely to be much overturn at all along New York’s offensive line. There could be a change made at the right tackle position, but the other four positions will likely be manned by the same players from last season. Additionally, the Giants made a change at the offensive line coach position midseason in 2020. Hopefully, in 2021, New York’s front line can enjoy the coaching of a singular coach. This second-year together could allow the Giants’ offensive line to grow and develop into a more continuous and consistent unit.

New York Giants: 3 reasons we should expect a big jump from Andrew Thomas in 2021

New York Giants, Andrew Thomas

When the New York Giants drafted Andrew Thomas with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft, most felt optimistic they secured their left tackle for the future.

After experiencing the Ereck Flowers debacle and a lackluster performance from Nate Solder in 2019, Giants fans and management were clearly ready to allocate a high draft pick toward a staple left tackle. However, Thomas’s rookie season was tumultuous, oftentimes failing miserably in pass blocking during the first half of the 2020 season.

Overall, Thomas allowed 10 sacks, 8 quarterback hits, 39 hurries, and 57 pressures. He was also hit with three penalties. From a general standpoint, that is a terrible season for a tackle and ranks poorly when compared to the other first-round tackles from the draft class.

There are multiple factors that suggest a big leap in 2021, and the Giants could use it with Daniel Jones going into a make or break year.

Three reasons the New York Giants should expect a big second-year jump from Andrew Thomas:

1.) He’s already an affective run-blocker

One of Thomas’ major strengths coming out of Georgia was his run-blocking ability, displaying fantastic aggression and the desire for work in the trenches. That didn’t change in the NFL, as he experienced several high-profile run blocking performances in his rookie season. Despite the Giants losing Saquon Barkley to a torn ACL in week 2, they still managed to produce an average running attack, which was far above expectations given the youth in the trenches.

Thomas earned grades of 73 or above on five different occasions, with his best performance coming against the Seattle Seahawks in week 13. He earned an 84.3 overall grade, per PFF. In that specific contest, the Giants ran for 190 yards, with back up Wayne Gallman averaging 8.4 yards per carry and totaling 135. They were routinely running to the weak side of the formation, as Thomas was dominating his assignments and opening up gaping holes for the running backs to exploit.

This is a major strength for the Giants, who are vocally committed to establishing the run. With Barkley expected to return in 2021, Thomas will be an integral part and leading the attack on the ground.

2.) He played through injury

Just this past week, we discovered that Andrew Thomas required off-season surgery on his left ankle. This was a major surprise, considering the injury was something that occurred during training camp, indicating that Thomas played an entire 16 game season with a bum left ankle.

It’s important to note that tackles utilize the lower half of their bodies predominantly when anchoring and resetting, so fighting through pain routinely shows how tough Thomas is. At just 21 years old, he’s barely able to buy himself a legal alcoholic beverage, and after surgery, I imagine he will need a few whiskeys.

3.) His pass blocking improved in second-half of rookie season

The major con for Thomas in 2020 was his pass blocking. He finished with a 54.7 overall pass-blocking grade, but the second half of his campaign saw dramatic improvements.

To be exact, during the first eight weeks of the 2020 season, he earned a 52 overall grade in the category, but in the second half, he landed at 62.7. That is a major difference, especially since he was baptized by fire with multiple elite pass rushers in the first four games. Right off the bat, he was forced to take on Bud Dupree, Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn, and Aaron Donald and Co.

He gradually improved as the season went on, despite the New York Giants moving on from offensive line coach Marc Colombo. The changes didn’t seem to affect Thomas too much, as he battled injury and new protection styles. At such a young age, Thomas has the potential to be a fantastic left tackle, and I think we will see him take a jump forward in 2021.

New York Giants offensive tackle Andrew Thomas has ankle surgery

New York Giants, Andrew Thomas

The New York Giants spent the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft on Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas. Thomas had an up-and-down rookie season but flashed his potential as a solid starter in the NFL along the way. In particular, Thomas had a strong finish to the season, stringing together a few impressive performances down the final stretch.

There might now be some explanation as to why Thomas’s play was inconsistent during his rookie season. Apparently, Andrew had been dealing with a left ankle injury this season. He managed through the pain and finished the season. But now he has finally taken care of this injury, underoing surgery on his left ankle today.

This injury could further explain why Andrew Thomas’s footwork and technique seemed to get inconsistent and poor at times during the regular season. This injury indicates that there might have been more going on than just “rookie growing pains.”

Andrew Thomas informed the public of his ankle surgery through an instagram post today. The post by Thomas features an image of his ankle post-surgery and states that “everything went well” with the surgery.

According to Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post Sports, Andrew Thomas is expected to be fully healed by March. Andrew will absolutely be prepared and ready to go for the 2021 regualr season, barring anything unforeseen. Andrew’s ankle injury must have been minor, but still bothersome enough to require surgery. Now, with this injury cleaned up, Thomas can recover and look forward to a healthier sophomore season in 2021.