Left tackle Andrew Thomas is only in his third year with the Giants, but his strong presence at the line of scrimmage through four games has earned him recognition. Thomas joined John Schmeelk of the Giants Huddle podcast to discuss his recent success and projections about the Green Bay Packers' defensive scheme.
Fresh off a red-eye flight to London, Thomas was notably excited about continuing his team's momentum overseas. When asked about the Giants' rushing attack, currently sitting at number one in the league, Thomas shared credit with his fellow offensive linemen. "I think it's a whole group effort," he conceded. Because the offense and defense do not operate independently, he also talked about leveraging his team's defensive philosophy when going up against opponents. "Something that Coach Daboll preaches to our defense is 'Stop the run,'" Thomas said.
The offensive line works as a unit, and much of their productivity is dependent upon fostering a culture of comradery within the room. Thomas spoke about his relationship with rookie tackle Evan Neal and complimented his inquisitive nature. Whether it's asking questions about technique or taking care of his body, "he does all the things you see vets doing," Thomas touted. The similarities between Neal and Thomas, both first round draft choices out of SEC schools, lend them analogous approaches to the game.
Three years into his tenure, Thomas admitted that he is still working each and every day on his technical stamina. He acknowledged, "That's the mentality you have to have if you want to be great is to never be satisfied with how you're playing." As the Giants prepare for their matchup Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Andrew Thomas knows he'll be faced with one on ones by a notoriously challenging Green Bay defense. Even so, he equates each contest to a chess match and understands the value of patience.
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