The transition into the NFL hasn’t been the best for fourth overall draft pick Andrew Thomas. We’ve highlighted his struggles in the past, but things have not been getting better for him since then.
According to Pro Football Focus, Thomas currently leads the league in quarterback pressures – by a pretty solid margin, too. He has 28 on the year – 21 hurries, three hits and four sacks – while Jaguars T Jawaan Taylor and Bengals T Bobby Hart are behind him in second at 21 total. He was also the one beat by Demarcus Lawrence on Sunday for the strip sack on Daniel Jones.
While QB pressures don’t tell the whole story for a lineman, Thomas’ pass block grade of 47.4 and run block of 56.9 does add to the fact that he is struggling. And it’s not going to get any easier this week.
With the Washington Football Team coming to MetLife Stadium, a matchup that many were looking forward to is about to take place. The No. 2 overall pick, DE Chase Young, is set to face off against Thomas. And unlike Thomas, Young doesn’t seem to have any trouble with NFL tackles at the moment.
In his first two weeks, Young was among the league leaders in sacks after recording 2.5. He also had eight tackles, two for loss, as well as a forced fumble in those weeks as well. He suffered a groin injury that forced him to have limited snaps against the Cleveland Browns, but he was able to play against the Los Angeles Rams last week where he had another tackle for loss.
Barring any injury update, Young should be available to go at Thomas off the right edge.
Head coach Joe Judge said he is discouraged by what he’s seen from Thomas through the first five weeks, and actually thinks his progression is going very well.
“Obviously, he sees a mix of things every week,” Judge told reporters on Monday. “The multiples pile up a little bit in terms of what he’s getting an education on. But I think he’s progressing at a good rate right now. We want to see some improvement from all of our players across the board, both vets and rookies. But he’s working hard every day and he’s making progress.”
If there was ever a time for Thomas to show that progression it would be against Young, who simply wreaks havoc on offenses and it’s showing in the NFL now. Other rookie offensive tackles are showing good signs in their first taste of the NFL, but Thomas really can’t say the same with his stat lines.
This week in East Rutherford will be a true display of what could’ve been versus what the Giants actually got in the 2020 NFL Draft. And if it’s the same results Thomas has been putting up recently, GM Dave Gettleman might want to look away.