Offensive Tackle Andrew Thomas
Q: How important is football in December for the New York Football Giants?
A: I always say that the games in December matter most. Two division opponents with a winning record, you can't ask for any better. We're excited for it. Washington's going to be prepared so I'm looking forward to it.
Q: Are you hopeful that this line is a little healthier and you're back together?
A: Yeah, it's tough dealing with injuries but we have a resilient group. I'm excited for another opportunity to go out there and show what we can do.
Q: How do you put the last two games behind you and just focus on going ahead now at 7-4?
A: Yeah, that's the league. You get 17 guaranteed opportunities, so you have to have a quick mindset regardless of if you played well or bad, gearing up and being ready for next week.
Q: How difficult is the challenge of this defensive line? You've faced them a few times already in your career, four first-round picks. How difficult can they be?
A: Their front seven is very disruptive. Like you said, talent all over the place. Not just that, they play physical, they run to the ball. So, we have to be prepared for that, be able to get movement at the line of scrimmage and protect (Quarterback Daniel Jones) DJ to allow him to make plays.
Q: What do you expect if (Commanders Defensive End) Chase Young plays? Hasn't played all year but what do you expect from a guy who was dominant early in his career?
A: He's definitely explosive, when he gets off the ball, he plays hard, good set of moves, so we have to be prepared for him.
Q: How do you get this rushing attack back going again? Because it was really in a high gear early on.
A: It's just execution. I think we play hard, we play physical, it's just execution. Making sure we're going to the right mic point, making sure we have our technique. Basically, just execution.
Q: Do you expect (Tackle) Evan (Neal) back this week?
A: He was at practice today moving around so hopefully he can come back and help us out this week. But we just want him to take his time and make sure he's healthy before he comes back.
Q: You could get your fifth different left guard this week. How is that? How do you manage that?
A: I'm used to it at this point. It's just part of the NFL. People go down, but like I said we have a resilient bunch that do a good job of coming in. We prepare, everyone prepares like they're going to play that week, so they do a good job of that.
Q: You could be for 10-12 years linked to Chase Young from that draft class, forever. Do you take the games against him any different than you do against other dominant pass rushers if he winds up on your side?
A: No, not really. Any dominant pass rusher in this league I get excited for and that's the beauty of playing left tackle. Every week there's going to be somebody that's a war daddy out there that you've got to be prepared for. So, I don't look at him any different than the other top rushers in the league.
Q: You know this better than I would, but when he's faced you guys in the past is he usually on your side or he bounces? He's like a 50/50 guy?
A: Yeah, so when both of them are in the game, going back to last year they would switch sides just depending on how they felt. Some games they would play more on my side, and I remember we played they would flip-flop different sides, so we'll see.
Q: What's more normal, that in a given game like you'll get both guys? Or is it more common that you'll get one guy all the time?
A: Going back to my rookie year I got one guy most of it and then last year they flip-flopped a little more.
Q: In recent weeks you guys haven't rushed well are other teams simply saying let's stack the box and make these guys throw?
A: I would say in the NFL it's hard to run the ball. I think we had early success with it and it's not something that's easy to do. We were able to do it consecutively for a little while but it's not an easy thing to do so we're just going back to the drawing board. We haven't really changed up our scheme that much it's just, like I said, making sure it's the execution, making sure we're getting movement at the line of scrimmage, half of a hat. Getting Saquon and the backs room to make plays.
Q: I know there was a sentiment that Chase might end up here in that draft. Did you think you might end up in Washington?
A: No, I didn't think I was going there.
Q: No, because they were two, right?
A: They were two, yeah.
Q: You didn't visit there or anything?