If anybody on the Giants could be considered a snub for the Pro Bowl, it is starting left tackle Andrew Thomas.
Thomas, the fourth-overall pick in the 2020 draft out of Georgia, grades as the fourth-ranked offensive tackle in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. But those ranked ahead of Thomas — San Francisco’s Trent Williams, Philadelphia’s Lane Johnson and Tampa Bay’s Tristan Wirfs — all play in the NFC and were selected instead of him.
“I think anyone that plays this game, they’re competitive and you want to receive accolades for what you do on the field. But I don’t control that,” Thomas said after Thursday’s practice. “All I control is what I do on the field, so just continue to get better. Got a lot of football left, so I’m looking forward to that. I’m just focused on being there for my team and winning games.”
Saquon Barkley and Dexter Lawrence were the only Giants named to the squad, and Thomas has been listed as a second alternate at his position.
“It is a surprise, honestly,” Lawrence said of Thomas’ omission. “It feels like it happens some years, it takes a year or two to get your name out there so your name comes up more often and the next year after that. It’s just about consistency. I still think he’s one of the best tackles in the league, so just continue to stay consistent and keep getting better.”
Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (knee) and guard Shane Lemieux (toe) officially have been ruled out for Saturday’s game against the Vikings.
No other players were listed as doubtful or questionable on the Giants’ injury report, though offensive tackle Evan Neal (shoulder), linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux (elbow), tight end Nick Vannett (shoulder) and defensive lineman Leonard Williams (neck) were limited in practice.
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