Logan Ryan continues to lead Pro Bowl fan voting among NFC free safeties
Logan Ryan has been a rock in the Giants' secondary all season.
After signing with the Giants at the end of August, Ryan was integrated into the starting lineup a bit slowly at the start of the season. But since Week 3, the veteran safety has played at least 97 percent of the defensive snaps in every game, while not missing a snap in eight of those 10 contests.
On the season, Ryan has accumulated 69 tackles (51 solo), one sack, one tackle for loss, four quarterback hits, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception and eight passes defensed. His play has earned him a solid 72.3 overall grade from Pro Football Focus.
After a few weeks of fan voting for the 2021 Pro Bowl, Ryan continues to be the top vote-getter among all free safeties in the NFC with his 67,606 votes.
Fan voting for the 2021 Pro Bowl will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones at NFL.com/ProBowlVote until Thursday, December 17.
Giants need more time for decision on Daniel Jones
Another day on the Daniel Jones watch revealed little about the quarterback's potential availability for the Giants' home game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Jones, who did not play in the 17-12 victory in Seattle because of a hamstring injury, was again limited in practice. Coach Joe Judge needs more time and evidence before concluding Jones can return to try and lead the Giants to their fifth consecutive victory.
"To be completely transparently honest with you guys," Judge told reporters before practice, "I don't have an answer for you right now on that."
Jones seems to be making progress.
"I think he's working hard every day to get better," Judge said. "He's doing everything we ask him to do. He did a good job in the walkthrough yesterday. We put him through some basic agility, short space stuff. I would say that he's throwing the ball well, but there's a lot of things we still need to see. Throwing the ball in short space and going through a walkthrough are very, very different than going through team periods and being able to see how this guy reacts and moves in the pocket, which is really our biggest concern is how he can protect himself on the field. Today will tell us a lot and tomorrow hopefully we'll make a final decision."
Moments later, Judge elaborated on what he needs to see from Jones.
"I really have to see this guy move around on the field, and that's just what it is," he said. "Look, we want all of our players to be fully healthy and be out there. He did a walkthrough yesterday, he did an abbreviated workout with the trainers that we watched after practice. But that being said, none of those are what my concerns are with him going into Sunday. Until he does some things that I can really see and make the judgement that he can protect himself and stay out there healthy on the field, I can't give you an answer. I would just be making something up."
Jones and backup Colt McCoy, who played the entire game in Seattle, continue to split practice reps.
"We do that every day anyway," Judge said. "We'll go ahead and mix them. We'll see how Daniel is working, we'll see him through individuals and see how his body responded. The more we think he can do, the more we'll let him take. Then Colt will get his share as well."
Andrew Thomas reveals turning point in development
Offensive linemen are the NFL's largely anonymous performers. They receive far more attention for committing errors than for flawlessly executing their assignments, unlike players who handle the ball or defend those who do.
So, when Joe Judge was fielding seemingly weekly questions from the media about Andrew Thomas early in the season, it was due to a widely held belief outside the Giants' headquarters that their first-round choice was not playing up to his lofty draft status. Judge steadfastly defended Thomas then, as he routinely does with all his players.
If Thomas did struggle early at times, it was due in part to developing techniques that differed from those he played with at the University of Georgia.
"I would say (it was) a little bit different as far as my hand placement," Thomas said. "That's been something that I have been working on and set wise. At Georgia, I was always on a straight and hard 45 angle. Recently, I've been working a little bit more vertical to an angle set just depending on the alignment of pressures."
On Sunday, Thomas helped the Giants rush for a season-high 190 yards and was a key component on a line that allowed only two sacks for five yards in a 17-12 victory against the Seahawks in Seattle.
Judge was asked today about his starting left tackle for the first time in weeks. And while his support has not wavered, something has changed. Thomas, on a post-practice Zoom call with reporters, said he is a better player now than he was in the season's first two months. And he can pinpoint exactly when the improvement became noticeable.
"I would say the Tampa game (the team's eighth, on Nov. 2)," Thomas said. "I think that was my first game that I felt a lot better throughout the game. Obviously, gave up a few pressures, things I had to work on. I think that was the first game where I looked on tape and I felt like I had a good performance. (I want to) just continue to build on that and continue to work."
Thomas was asked to specify one area in which his performance is noticeably better now than it was early in the season.
"For me, the thing that stands out the most would probably be the inside move," he said. "Obviously, in the beginning that was something I really struggled with. With oversetting, that's something I've been working on over the last few weeks trying to get better at. I think that's made the biggest difference."
The key to stopping the inside move, he said, is "lagging on the defender the right way. I would overset a lot of times and put myself in a bad position. You have to trail your defender, trust your athleticism to push a guy around the pocket so you don't give up the inside."
Practice Photos: Giants gear up for Cardinals
Check out the gallery below to view photos from practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center as the team preps for the Arizona Cardinals in Week 14.
View photos from practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center as the team preps for the Arizona Cardinals.