4 Giants leaders who must step up with the season feeling like a lost cause

These leaders need to make sure things don't get out of control for the rest of the season
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3. LT Andrew Thomas

Arguably the team's best player, Andrew Thomas returned to the field in Week 9 after missing the previous seven contests. Thomas, after a rocky rookie season, turned the page quickly on his career and has been a star left tackle since. Thomas' stellar play landed him a five year, $117.5 million contract before the campaign began.

Unfortunately for Thomas, his season was derailed after hurting his hamstring in Week 1. It's been frustrating for the veteran tackle, as he suffered a setback in his recovery which made him miss more time. Despite that, Thomas returned to the field against Las Vegas like he never left. Whether it was getting to the second level with ease in the run game or completely shutting down edge-rushers, Thomas' return was exciting for fans and the team to watch, no matter what the score was.

Thomas is still young at 24 years old, but he is no doubt the team's best offensive lineman by far. There's been frustration all year long with the rotation of players along the unit. Thomas hasn't had the season he'd hoped for, but he still came to play and did his job at a high level last Sunday. He needs to show the rest of the team that despite the roadblocks put in front of him this year, he was able to overcome them and still perform efficiently. Relate his struggles to how the team has played this entire year. It's been a dreadful season, but Thomas can speak to the team about continuing to give their best each and every play.