Joe Judge: Andrew Thomas' benching Sunday was a disciplinary measure


Giants head coach Joe Judge revealed Monday that rookie left tackle Andrew Thomas did not start Sunday’s game against Washington due to disciplinary action for violating a team policy – in this case, apparently being late for a Saturday team meeting.

"I want to make clear, this was not performance-based at all," Judge said in his weekly Monday Zoom call with the media. "There was nothing disobedient, disrespectful or malicious in what he did, but he made a mistake and there are consequences for mistakes."

Water under the bridge, but Judge also didn’t guarantee that Thomas will be the starter, or even the full-time option, at that position Thursday night.

Why? Well, in part because according to Pro Football Focus, fellow rookie Matt Peart, who started in Thomas’ place, graded the highest of any Giants offensive player with at least 25 snaps on Sunday, taking an 89.7 overall grade and 93.4 run block grade.

“Yeah, we’ll go through practice this week and see how everything shakes out right now,” Judge said in his weekly Monday Zoom call. “I was pleased with how (all three tackles) played, and we have multiple guys that can play the positions.”

Thomas did enter the game later on, of course, but was removed after Washington’s Montez Sweat blew up a third-and-one run play – something Judge pinned on a planned rotation of the tackles and not a “performance-based” decision.

"No, there was just a plan to go ahead and move our players on through the entire game at multiple positions, so we just stuck to the plan right there," he said. "There was nothing performance-based on that at all in that right there, no."

Peart also allowed only one pressure in 11 pass block attempts on Sunday, a stat that bodes well heading into a Thursday game against an Eagles defensive line that has 18 sacks in six games as a unit.

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