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Ex-Giant OL coach Pat Flaherty saw “dramatic” improvement from Andrew Thomas

‘Flats’ breaks down rookie tackles

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Andrew Thomas made “dramatic” improvement from Week 1 to Week 17 of his rookie season as the left tackle for the New York Giants, according to the assessment of Pat Flaherty, Giants offensive line coach from 2004-2015.

Flaherty, nicknamed ‘Flats,’ broke down the four offensive tackles drafted in the first round in a video for the 33rd Team.

In evaluating the No. 4 overall pick, Flaherty saw what others have previously pointed out. That being that Thomas gave up the inside ‘an awful lot in the first half of the year.”

Thomas surrendered 36 pressures in his first seven NFL games, but only 21 over the final nine of the 2020 season.

“I see a lot of improvement through the year.”

Flaherty said that as the year went along Thomas was “More conscious of his inside. He was using his hands better.”

“The improvement that he made throughout the course of the year was dramatic,’ said Flaherty. “I see a player that’s going to be a real, real good player in this league for a long time at left tackle.”

In case you’re wondering, Flaherty did not rate the tackles 1-4. Regardless, the opinion of someone who has been inside the league as long as Flaherty should offer encouragement to Giants fans about Thomas, who had ankle surgery this week and is expected to be ready in time for the offseason program — if there is one.