Giants’ left tackle Andrew Thomas was not in the team’s starting lineup when they kicked off against Washington on Sunday. Instead, fellow rookie Matt Peart took his place on the offensive line. The Georgia product did enter the game on Big Blue's opening drive of the second quarter
Thomas, the fourth overall pick in the 2020 Draft, has allowed four sacks in his first five games in the NFL, though he’s faced the likes of Khalil Mack and T.J. Watt, among others, on the opposite side of him.
But set to match up against another elite pass rusher (and fellow top pick) in Chase Young, head coach Joe Judge opted to send Thomas to the bench in favor of Peart, the team’s third-round pick in 2020.
Earlier in the week, Thomas spoke about the shaky start to his season, but still felt he had the chance to improve.
“No, I wouldn’t say that my confidence is shaken,” Thomas said. “I think, like I said, there are things that I definitely need to work on. That comes from practice and repetition, and like we talked about earlier, going up against these very talented pass rushers early I think will actually help build my confidence because I’ve seen the best. I’ve seen what the greatest in the NFL look like, so I can continue to get better each and every week.”