Monday, October 3, 2022

Giants have the NFL’s highest-rated player in pivotal position, according to PFF

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New York Giants left tackle Andrew Thomas, now settling into Year 3, looks like one of the best players in the NFL at his position.

The Pro Football Focus ratings have been in for week 2 and Thomas has performed exceptionally well for the second game in a row. Here’s what the Giants’ official website wrote about Thomas’ recent grades at PFF (emphasis added):

According to Pro Football Focus, Thomas has played 134 offensive snaps and conceded zero sacks in two games. He’s only been charged with four total presses and one QB hit this season.

Here’s a look at Thomas’ feature film vs. the Panthers, courtesy of Nick Falat on Twitter:

The Giants selected Thomas with the fourth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Georgia product struggled at times in its rookie year but showed strong signs of development in 2021. Now, in a new program under head coach Brian Daboll, Thomas is shaping up to be one of the best blockers in the league.

When Madden NFL 2023 launched and the original player ratings were released in August, Andrew Thomas’ overall rating of 76 stuck out like a thumb. Even rookie right tackle Evan Neal (77) had a better overall rating at the start.

In retrospect, this was an obvious mistake for the Madden talent evaluators. They’ve since raised his overall rating to 82, which is respectable but still on the low side compared to his Pro Football Focus grade.

The creators of Madden also gave the Giants an overall team rating of 75 for the 2022 NFL season. That rating was the second-lowest in the league, ahead only of the Houston Texans (74). In two weeks, the Giants are one of only six 2-0 teams in the NFL.

These two examples are a good reminder to always take Madden Ratings with a grain of salt.

With a Pro Football Focus grade of 68.9, Richie James is the Giants’ highest-rated healthy wide receiver (Wan’Dale Robinson has a 75.4 grade in limited snaps). James’ note ranks 39th out of 107 qualified recipients at PFF.

No one would have picked James as New York’s leading receiver for the season, but that’s where it is after two games. His 110 receiving yards ranks first on the team and ranked 43rd in the NFL. Sterling Shepard is right behind him at 105 yards.

In Week 3, Kenny Golladay has two catches for 22 yards and Kadarius Toney has two catches for zero yards. Neither receiver has yet found the end zone in a Giants uniform.

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