Presented the serious troubles facing any NFL rookie without having an on-discipline spring indoctrination and a teaching camp conducted amid a pandemic, the process up ahead for Andrew Thomas is exceedingly complicated.
The initially-round draft select, selected No. 4 total, was predicted to compete and acquire a beginning career. When veteran remaining deal with Nate Solder on Wednesday opted out for the 2020 season, citing COVID-19 problems for his relatives, Thomas moved up on the depth chart and the Giants now want him to experienced and acquire rapidly and settle into the setting up spot at left tackle.
Thomas will not have any preseason online games to function out the kinks. This need to be plenty of to make queasy the tummy of any head mentor, but Joe Decide is not sounding extremely worried about entrusting the blind-aspect protection of Daniel Jones to a youngster.
“The age of a player doesn’t truly ever hassle me,’’ Decide claimed Friday. “We bring men in to perform. This isn’t faculty, the place you deliver guys in and they give you a redshirt calendar year.’’
Choose is not handing Thomas, or any one else, nearly anything.
“We still have to get on the field and observe and examine,’’ Judge stated.
Decide stated he wished Solder to enjoy this time but “At the stop of the day, I’m not likely to try to discuss any player into carrying out anything when it arrives to the condition we’re in suitable now.’’
At this place, Judge mentioned no other player has indicated he is considering opting out for the period.
Solder’s departure presents the Giants in between $13 million and $16 million — the calculations vary — in extra salary house, but it does not seem they will use that money on a large signing or two.
“We really do not truly feel appropriate now like we have income burning a gap in our pocket,’’ Decide explained.
DeAndre Baker, the 2nd-yr cornerback (and 2019 initially-round draft select) at this time on the Commissioner’s Exempt Listing as he deals with legal challenges, was not a conversing stage for Judge.
“He’s not on our 90-male roster … I’ll permit the league deal with that concern,’’ he mentioned.
Decide mentioned LB Markus Golden, back again with the Giants on an unrestricted totally free-agent tender of $4.1 million, has not still cleared the 5-working day COVID-19 tests protocols.
“Once these players crystal clear that approach, I’ll be happy to converse about all of them,’’ Choose explained.