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Ranking the top 25 offensive tackles entering the 2020 NFL season | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF

Andrew Thomas, at No. 22, is the only rookie on the list. Pretty high praise for the Giants’ No. 4 overall pick.

Yes, that’s right — a rookie cracked the top 25. He has yet to play a snap in the league, but what we saw from Thomas at Georgia makes us confident in projecting him to the NFL. (You can read about why from PFF’s Eric Eager here.) Thomas played against some of the best competition in the country and earned a remarkable 92.7 PFF grade in 2019, tying for the best we have ever seen from an SEC tackle (La’el Collins in 2013 at LSU). He might struggle to start given the impact of COVID-19 on the offseason/preseason schedule, but Thomas looks like a safe bet in our eyes.

Top running backs in the NFL according to Matt Williamson | PFN

Saquon Barkley is ranked No. 2 behind Christian McCaffrey on this list. And yes, this is the same Matt Williamson who wrote for Big Blue View for a while.

There hasn’t been a better running back prospect coming out of college than Barkley, who is an absolute freak specimen. Many consider 2019 a down season for Barkley. But this gets overlooked – Barkley racked up 539 yards from scrimmage over his final three games in 2019 after finally getting healthy from his high ankle sprain. However, one area the Barkley simply must improve in that isn’t brought up enough is pass protection. He can be an all-time great and a top running back for years to come.

Saquon Barkley contract: How market has fared on RB paydays

Browns’ Odell Beckham should put his money where his mouth is and opt out of 2020 NFL season | Opinion -

Beckham doesn’t sound thrilled about playing in the COVID-19 era:

“We’re not ready for football season,” Beckham told the Wall Street Journal. “So why are we trying to push forward? It’s obviously for their money. And that bothers me because there’s always been this — and I hate saying it like that — but the owners’ [attitude is], ‘Oh we own you guys,’ and just kind of that unfairness going on that they don’t see us as human. I just feel like the season shouldn’t happen and I’m prepared for it to not happen and I wouldn’t mind not having it.”

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Nick Gates’ Extension Signals New York Giants’ Commitment To ‘Homegrown’ Offensive Line

Pat Traina points out that a year from now the Giants’ offensive line could be Andrew Thomas (LT), Will Hernandez (LG), Nick Gates (C), Shane Lemieux (RG), Matt Peart (RT).

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