NFL insider includes NY Giants OT Andrew Thomas on distinguished list

NY Giants, Andrew Thomas. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NY Giants, Andrew Thomas. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

While much of the talk during NY Giants minicamp has gone to Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley and others, some fans might have forgotten about left tackle Andrew Thomas. The massive hoss unfortunately has been dealing with a left ankle injury and he wasn’t able to be a full go at either OTAs or camp.

However, that doesn’t mean that he won’t be ready for training camp starting in late July. The team is hopeful he’ll be able to rest up and rehab so he’s not limited. Regardless, he should be good to go for Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans. If you ask NFL insider Adam Schein, there’s no doubt in his mind Thomas will be in for a monster year in 2022, as he has included him on his ‘guaranteed risers’ list. 

NY Giants LT Andrew Thomas has high expectations for this season

"“The No. 4 overall pick from the 2020 draft began his career looking like a turnstile at a New York City subway station,” Schein wrote on Thomas. “In a rough rookie season, Thomas gave up 10 sacks and 57 pressures by Pro Football Focus’ count. But he bounced back in 2021, slashing those figures to two sacks and 18 pressures. And I believe he’s poised to take significant strides under this new Giants regime. Brian Daboll is a superb offensive mind who put together a really strong coaching staff. He’ll get the most out of the left tackle.”"

As you can see, Schien loves the fact that Thomas will now be working with new head coach Brian Daboll. Plus, offensive coordinator Mike Kafka is now implementing his system and Jason Garrett is nowhere close to East Rutherford. That’s the kind of news that makes countless people happy for sure.

This includes Thomas, who knows he’ll be protecting a much more confident Daniel Jones. On Schien’s list, Thomas is joined by former Giant Evan Engram, CeeDee Lamb, Jalen Hurts, A.J. Dillon, Michael Pittman, Patrick Surtain and more. NY fans obviously would love to see Lamb and Hurts not live up to things, but they’re fully expecting Thomas to have a strong campaign.

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The offensive line as a whole is completely different for this team, which is amazing to see. Last year’s unit was a joke, but guys like Mark Glowinski, Jon Feliciano and No. 7 overall pick Evan Neal are ready to win some heated battles in the trenches. Thomas is the straw that stirs the drink here, though. He’ll be ready to ball out and few people doubt his abilities.