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Monday Transcript: Offensive Tackle Andrew Thomas

Eric from BBI : Admin : 1/5/2022 4:24 pm
Offensive Tackle Andrew Thomas

Q: What did you take away from (Head Coach) Joe Judge's postgame speech yesterday? Did you see it?

A: No, I didn't get a chance to see it.

Q: What do you think of his message or his belief that you guys, even as a losing team, are showing more resolve than teams typically would in this kind of dire situation?

A: I think a lot of our players are buying in to what Coach Judge preaches. We come in every day regardless of what happens on Sunday. We come in and we work to get better and to put a product on the field that we're proud of.

Q: Lastly, you're not used to losing. How difficult is it for you to continue playing your game when your offense is struggling so badly? Do you have to compartmentalize your role? How difficult is it not to focus on the failures of the offense and just try to do your job?

A: For me, the focus is just trying to be the best player I can be for my team. There are obviously things that I need to clean up as a player before I can look at somebody else and point the finger. I've got to be playing at the best possible way I can, so to do that, I'm focused on that.

Q: What was it like to see (Running Back) Saquon (Barkley) have the best game he's had since you've been here?

A: It was great to see him out there. He was running the ball well. There were a few times we didn't have them blocked all the way. They had extra guys in the box, and he made some pretty athletic moves to make some defenders miss, so I was proud of the way he played.

Q: It sounds like (Quarterback) Jake's (Fromm) going to get another start. How eager do you think he is to erase the last time he was on the field?

A: I think he's eager. He comes in every day, and he works, doing his best to pick up the playbook. I'm excited to see him get another chance.

Q: Considering this is really much closing in on your second season, can you just look back a little bit and think about how you ended last season and how you're ending this one, and what you think you've shown this second season and moving forward, where you think you can rank among left tackles and things – kind of what you did this year as opposed to last year?

A: I think both seasons I've continued to get better as the season went on. A lot of things I still want to clean up and be better at. We've got another opportunity this week to play at a level that I'm proud of, so just trying to work on that every day.

Q: You've mentioned before about a high draft pick, and you said you want to make sure you run your own race. How do you think you're running it at this point?

A: I think I'm still on track. I'm still focused on myself being the best player I can be and the best teammate I can be, and I think that's doing well for me.

Q: Do you believe there are better days ahead for this franchise and if so, why?

A: I definitely believe that. I think we have a lot of talented guys in this locker room. I think we have the ability to play well. We've just got to get on the same page and stop beating ourselves. That's the biggest thing Coach Judge always says is you can't win until you keep from losing. Until we do that, we're not going to be as successful as we want to be.

Q: Have you guys maintained as a group here behind each other, in spite of what's going on?

A: Yeah, we have, and it's tough honestly with a lot of guys going down this year. We had a lot of leaders go down this year, which is hard for a team. But other guys stepped up and we just try to bond together and keep working hard for each other.
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