Good morning, New York Giants fans!
The former 2014 second round pick for the Giants says “I’ve reached a point where my body won’t allow me to continue playing and competing at a high level.”
10 NFL players under pressure to perform in Year 2 - Pro Football Focus
Thomas was the first tackle taken in the 2020 NFL Draft and the No. 1 ranked player at the position on PFF’s Big Board. Still, he struggled compared to the rest of his peers, who hit the ground running with almost unprecedented success.
Thomas needed to have some of his technique reworked for the NFL, and with no preseason to get that accomplished, it meant that he was learning on the job against NFL competition. He allowed at least four total pressures in his first five games and took until Week 8 to earn a PFF pass-blocking grade north of 60.0.
His terrible start clouded the fact that over the second half of the year — one disaster against Haason Reddick notwithstanding — he was actually vastly improved. There were three games down the stretch where Thomas didn’t allow any pressure at all and one more where he allowed just one. Now, he needs to show he can carry that development into Year 2 or risk being left behind by the likes of Mekhi Becton, Jedrick Wills Jr. and Tristan Wirfs.
As the third paragraph mentions, Thomas played quite well down the stretch. With Rob Sale now in control of the O-Line room, will Thomas continue his upward trajectory?
Ranking Every NFL Team’s QB Situation Heading into 2021 Season - Bleacher Report
27. New York Giants
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is facing a make-or-break season, and if he has a repeat of last year, New York may be facing a broken quarterback situation.
While it’s worth noting that Jones played most of the year without star running back Saquon Barkley, he was still borderline awful in 2020. He ranked 30th in passer rating (80.4) and 31st in completion percentage (62.5) among qualifying starters. He also took 45 sacks, fumbled 11 times and had an 11-to-10 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Jones’ 2020 campaign represented a notable decline from his promising rookie season, during which he tossed 24 touchdowns and 12 picks. However, he had a fumbling issue that year too and has a league-high 29 fumbles in two seasons.
Perhaps the addition of pass-catchers like Kenny Golladay and rookie Kadarius Toney will help Jones finally thrive. New York had better hope so, because its alternative is Mike Glennon. The seven-year veteran has a career record of 6-21 as a starter.
Coach Killer: Daniel Jones
Oh, my, does he tend to turn the ball over. Oh, my, do the Giants require massive gains from him. Oh, geez, how they spend on new parts for him on offense. Oh, no, I don’t think it will change much at all. And if this goes as poorly as expected, then heads will roll because of it, especially as other NFL teams continue to add young cheap quarterbacks in the interim who far out-produce this one.
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