The Ascension of Andrew Thomas Continues, and More Giants Note

Andrew Thomas has the best offensive tackle in the NFL after two games. At least, says Pro Football Focus New York Giants‘ Left tackle.

4 overall by the Giants in 2020 tackles in the third year through two games has a PFF grade of 89.1. Rashwan Slater (83.4) is at number two.

Thomas’s 88.3-run blocking grade ranks third in tackles so far. His 82.8 pass blocking grade ranks fifth in tackles with at least 10 pass blocking snaps. Thomas has released four pressures in 77 pass blocking snaps.

For Thomas, it appears his ascent to become an elite player continues. In a pathetic rookie season, Thomas dropped the second most pressures of any tackle (57) in 2020. However, since the middle of that rookie season, Thomas’ game continued to improve.

According to the PFF’s grading system, Thomas was solid last season, finishing 17th in 54 qualifying tackles.

Thomas has always been compared to the other three offensive tackles the Giants could have picked with that fourth overall pick. It is now clear that there are two levels in that group – Thomas and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Right tackle Tristan Wirfs in the first tier and Jedric Wills and Mekhi Becton in the second.

“I don’t take Andrew lightly,” offensive line coach Bobby Johnson said last week. “When you have a player of his caliber, you cannot take it lightly. I watch all the stuff he puts forward for the game. I see all the preparation, all the questions, all the work that he does.”

That work is definitely paying off.

internal issues

If you thought watching Sunday’s match against Carolina Panthers That the issues the Giants were having with the offensive line was coming from the interior, the Week 2 PFF grad confirmed.

The three lowest-rated offensive players were guard Mark Glowinsky (50.2), center John Feliciano (39.9) and guard Joshua Ejudu (22.3). Ben Bredesson graded at an acceptable 63.1, confirming why he played 56 snaps to Ezudu’s 17.

‘Stay true to their word’

“Whether it’s the highest paid player, the lowest paid player, the highest draft pick, a free agent with no draft – we’re going to go out there and let people fight it. One week doesn’t mean anything.” That’s what’s going to happen next week. I think everyone understands what we’re trying to do as an organization, to be better, to compete for spots, to work as hard as we can. working hard.”

That was head coach Brian Dabol on Monday, once again addressing the fact that the highly paid Kenny Golladay played two snaps versus Carolina while David Sills (67 snaps) and Richie James played 31.

New coaches always talk about building culture. Winning games, of course, helped create that culture. Players being able to trust that what they hear from the coach is true, it also helps. The legendary players are buying what Dabol is selling.

“When something like that is said, you can see it as lip service, I guess. Like, ‘Yeah we get it, there are some things that impress,’ but she kept her word. Stay and that’s it,” Julian Love said. “We want people to be ready, we want people to be ready and we have as much trust in them as we can. Practice is important, and he stresses practice. If you’re having a bad day, you should It has to change, you have to fix it. We all have bad days so that’s all. He’s up to his point and I respect him. He’s being fair.”

film Review

There are a few things I noticed when re-watching the abridged version of Giants vs. Panthers. As always, a reminder that I don’t pretend to be able to break and watch a movie like Nick Fallato and Chris Pflum.

  • One thing I’m learning about Vink Martindale’s defense is that his idea of ​​pressure isn’t necessarily sending six rushers to the quarterback. The idea, whether it’s sending four, five or six, is creating confusion on the line of the melee, so the offense is uncertain on the snap that the rushers are approaching.
  • Martindale talks a lot about the simple act of running for football that is an important part of playing defense. There were three ‘bustle’ plays by the Giants on Sunday which show that

– Love faced Christian McCaffrey from behind for a 6-yard advantage on the first quarter screen pass.

“I was on my back end. I fell plain and plain on the ground, but you just get up and you just play free,” Love said. “Maybe in the past I would have thought, ‘Oh my god, they hated him on film. are going to do it.’ But none of it, you get up and you make a play because the teams that depend on you really have to play loose and play free.”

– On third and -4, 340-pounder Dexter Lawrence chased down Baker Mayfield with a scrambling down first.

– McCaffrey’s 49-yard fourth-quarter run looked like it could end in the form of a 75-yard touchdown. Cornerback Fabian Morrow, however, was able to run down McCaffrey.

“Give us one more chance,” said defensive Justin Ellis. “Wink, it’s a thing, I’ve been with him for four years, and that’s one thing he always preaches. Just get ’em off the ground, give us another snap to play. Just drop him on the ground, Even if it’s a big advantage, just drop it on the ground.”

Jaylon Smith returns

He may not have any impact on the 2022 Giants, but I’m glad the Giants have re-signed Smith to their practice squad. I thought that, while he’s not an athlete, he was in his days our LadySmith showed enough play-making and coverage ability in his brief time with the Giants last season to stand a chance to compete for the job this year.

The Giants didn’t give him that chance initially. He has now, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he works his way into a game day role.

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