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Giants Now: Andrew Thomas makes ESPN's Top 25 Under 25

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Andrew Thomas makes ESPN's list of top 25 under 25

Giants third-year tackle Andrew Thomas has received a ton of praise for his dominant performance throughout the season.

The recognition continued this week when ESPN released their list of the top 25 players under 25-years-old, and the Giants' left tackle came in at No. 12.

"Thomas struggled out of the gate, giving up 16 sacks as a rookie in 2020, but he has now emerged as one of the best left tackles in football in his third season," wrote ESPN's Matt Miller. "He plays with the type of poise, patience, balance and power rarely found in a young tackle, showing the strength to shut down power rushers and the agility to cut off the corner and play in space. And he's only getting better every week."

Heading into Week 12, Thomas had yet to surrender a sack this season. The 23-year-old was dealing with an illness last week which caused him to miss some practice time ahead of the Thanksgiving matchup in Dallas. He would go on to play, but did surrender his first sack of the season.

"He wasn't feeling good," coach Brian Daboll said about Thomas after the game. "I'd say he was fighting through it today, too. Give those guys a lot of credit that pushed through things, and I certainly do."

Thomas would not use the illness as an excuse, however.

"That's the NFL. Every team has to deal with injuries," the tackle said following the matchup in Dallas. "Every team has a Thursday game. So you can't make excuses. You just have to deal with it and go out there and play."

Even with last week's performance, Thomas has still given up just one sack and 12 total pressures across 427 pass block snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. The analytics site recently listed him as a first-time All-Pro candidate.

"You get 17 guaranteed opportunities, so you have to have a quick mindset regardless of if you played well or bad, gearing up and being ready for next week," Thomas told the media Tuesday.

The other players to make ESPN's list from the NFC East include Cowboys DE/LB Micah Parsons (No. 1), Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (No. 9), Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs (No. 15) and Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb (No. 19).

View the best photos from the career of Giants third-year left tackle Andrew Thomas.

Daniel Bellinger feels 'comfortable'; double vision gone after eye injury

Daniel Bellinger has missed the Giants' last four games with an injury that is atypical for a football player. Because of that, his recovery and rehabilitation have included landmarks both familiar and alien to someone who wears an NFL uniform.

The Giants' rookie tight end suffered an injury to his left eye that included a fractured orbital bone in Jacksonville on Oct. 23. Bellinger had just caught a Daniel Jones' pass for a 13-yard gain when linebacker Devin Lloyd's hand inadvertently went through his facemask and hit his eye.

After surgery, swelling and an extended period of double vision, Bellinger yesterday returned to a full-pads practice for the first time since he was hurt – with a visor affixed to his helmet as extra protection.

"The thing today was to see how I felt about the eye, and I wasn't apprehensive about it," Bellinger said. "I felt good going out there and I felt comfortable hitting and I didn't feel like I had to slow up or anything like that. I felt comfortable going out there and just playing ball."

He hopes to play in a game on Sunday, when the Giants host the Washington Commanders in a key NFC East clash in MetLife Stadium.

"I would say he's trending in the right direction," coach Brian Daboll said before practice. "So, we'll see how it goes out there today, but I'm optimistic for Belly."

Once again, the New York Giants are bringing back their classic blue uniforms from the '80s and '90s this Sunday as part of two Legacy Games presented by Quest.

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