When you take a look back at the film, Giants rookie LT Andrew Thomas actually had a solid game protecting Daniel Jones this past Monday against the Buccaneers. And it's a big deal because film on Thomas hasn't been the best in games prior.
But Thomas, after all, is just a rookie. There are going to be learning curves and missed plays. Overall, though, Thomas has been quite shocking with some of his busted blocking through eight weeks.
Week 8 was a different story and is something that Thomas should definitely build off. Speaking to the media on Thursday, he noted how good it felt to succeed against a tough Bucs rush. But he's not done working.
"Still a lot of work to do," Thomas said. "I think I’m making progressions every week. Small steps every day, but I’m continuing to work on getting better."
What exactly is Thomas working on? It's the same thing he mentioned in the past actually.
"It’s just focusing on my technique," he answered. "Trying to make it muscle memory, so I don’t have to think about it. There will be some plays where I might slip up with my hand placement or my footwork in my set. Just trying to nail all those things in so I do it every time."
Thomas admitted "it's tough being a rookie," and with Khalil Mack, Demarcus Lawrence and others he's had to deal with through his first eight games, he can certainly back that up.
Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett knows full well that Thomas is being thrown into the fire. However, the No. 4 overall pick will have to deal with those flames because of what he means to this organization.
"It’s particularly hard to play left tackle in this league, and particularly hard to go against some of the rushers he’s gone against over the first half of the season. Throughout the season, he’s done some good things. Obviously, there are plenty of areas where he needs to get better.
"I thought he did a good job in the game the other night against a really good defensive front, really good pass rushers. He hung in there well. Really good evidence of him run blocking at a high level and pass protecting at a high level."
Having consistency each week will be key for Thomas, as he progresses along with Jones behind him. And he knows Giants fans are watching intently like they have been.
He certainly doesn't want to let them down.
"There are a lot of fans, a lot of people that watch," Thomas said. "For me personally, I just have to stay in tune to what I’m doing and what’s going on inside this building. That’s what I’ve been doing so far."