Offered the serious problems going through any NFL rookie without having an on-subject spring indoctrination and a training camp done amid a pandemic, the endeavor up in advance for Andrew Thomas is exceedingly difficult.
The first-round draft choose, chosen No. 4 overall, was envisioned to contend and earn a starting career. When veteran remaining deal with Nate Solder on Wednesday opted out for the 2020 season, citing COVID-19 concerns for his relatives, Thomas moved up on the depth chart and the Giants now require him to experienced and create quickly and settle into the starting up spot at left tackle.
Thomas will not have any preseason games to get the job done out the kinks. This really should be more than enough to make queasy the abdomen of any head mentor, but Joe Choose is not sounding overly anxious about entrusting the blind-facet security of Daniel Jones to a youngster.
“The age of a participant doesn’t actually at any time trouble me,’’ Choose mentioned Friday. “We convey fellas in to enjoy. This is not faculty, the place you deliver fellas in and they give you a redshirt yr.’’
Judge is not handing Thomas, or anyone else, something.
“We still have to get on the area and exercise and examine,’’ Decide said.
Choose said he preferred Solder to enjoy this season but “At the stop of the day, I’m not going to attempt to communicate any player into performing something when it will come to the predicament we’re in appropriate now.’’
At this issue, Choose mentioned no other participant has indicated he is contemplating opting out for the time.
Solder’s departure offers the Giants involving $13 million and $16 million — the calculations range — in further wage room, but it does not seem they will use that money on a large signing or two.
“We never experience correct now like we have income burning a gap in our pocket,’’ Judge explained.
DeAndre Baker, the next-calendar year cornerback (and 2019 1st-spherical draft decide) at the moment on the Commissioner’s Exempt Checklist as he deals with authorized issues, was not a speaking issue for Judge.
“He’s not on our 90-guy roster … I’ll enable the league offer with that problem,’’ he reported.
Decide mentioned LB Markus Golden, back with the Giants on an unrestricted no cost-agent tender of $4.1 million, has not still cleared the five-working day COVID-19 testing protocols.
“Once these players apparent that course of action, I’ll be delighted to speak about all of them,’’ Judge claimed.