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NFL expert breaks down Andrew Thomas' cruel Giants struggles
“Andrew Thomas was the most risky,” future Hall of Fame left tackle Joe Thomas told The Post. “With an offensive lineman’s eye, you look at him right away and say, ‘He has a lot of room to grow, and he needs a ton of work and reps.’ [Others] were basing it on accolades not game film, playing in the SEC and tons of starts. He checked a lot of the boxes that typically have not failed for offensive tackles, but then you watch the tape and clearly see biomechanically he doesn’t match up to those other guys.”
Joe Thomas is an analyst for NFL Network who made the Pro Bowl in the first 10 of his 11 seasons with the Browns and set a NFL record with 10,363 consecutive snaps played. He studied college tape on Andrew Thomas, Jedrick Wills, Mekhi Becton and Tristan Wirfs — all of whom were top-15 draft picks.
“When I watched Andrew, I saw a guy with a lot of potential — great athlete, big, strong, fast, moves extremely well, all the things that get you to be a top-15 draft pick as an offensive tackle,” Joe said. “But he was the least natural from a technique standpoint. If you watch offensive linemen, when they get in a bad position — because they eventually will — can they recover? That was the big thing that concerned me with Andrew.”
“He gets his shoulder pads way out over his toes a lot,” Joe Thomas said. “You see him bending at his waist. He’s got to learn to be an ankle- and a knee-bender, which takes time. He leaned on guys a lot. You could see the quickness in his feet, but he wasn’t natural in reacting to the defense. You get away with a lot of that playing in college when you are a bigger, stronger, more athletic version of the guy you are going against.”
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