After a week of speculation about how struggling rookie left tackle Andrew Thomas would fare against fellow rookie Chase Young and the Washington Football Team’s stable of quality edge rushers, Thomas did not start Sunday.
Coach Joe Judge said after the game that the move was because Thomas violated a team policy, not because of performance.
“He made a mistake and mistakes have consequences,” Judge said.
“I was late for our meeting last night,” Thomas said. “Coach Judge always talks about actions have consequences, and I take responsibility for my actions and the consequences. It won’t happen again.”
Judge said he thought both players responded well.
Thomas, drafted No. 4 overall by the Giants, was replaced in the starting lineup Sunday by rookie Matt Peart. The Giants drafted Peart, a right tackle at UConn, in the third round, 99th overall.
Thomas gave up more pressures than any tackle in the league thru five weeks. The Giants were steadfast all week in saying they still had confidence in Thomas, the team’s youngest player.
Thomas had said during the week that his confidence had not been shaken by his rough start.
Thomas returned to the lineup in the second quarter.