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Giants left tackle Andrew Thomas catches touchdown, had celebration ready

TAMPA, Fla. — Andrew Thomas protects Daniel Jones’ blind side. Now he catches touchdowns from his quarterback, too.

The Giants’ left tackle made a leaping overhead 2-yard TD catch in Monday night’s game at Tampa Bay to tie the game at 10 apiece.

Thomas had caught a 2-point conversion from Jones in Week 5 at Dallas in his 2020 rookie season. But it was sweeter to secure six points on Monday in his first game coming off injured reserve.

Thomas’ offensive linemates joined him in a festive celebration dance, something they’d clearly planned for the occasion knowing this was in the game plan.

Joe Judge actually had his offensive linemen catching passes during individual drills at Saturday’s practice. Then here it was showing up in a game that counts.

Thomas had missed four of the Giants’ last five games, including the last three on injured reserve, with left ankle and right foot injuries.

He was one of five players added to the Giants’ roster for Monday’s game against the defending Super Bowl champions

Edge Trent Harris was signed off the Giants’ practice squad to the active roster. Tight end Chris Myarick and safety Steven Parker were elevated from the practice squad, and wide receiver/returner Pharoh Cooper was activated from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement.

Safety Logan Ryan stayed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and missed a game for the first time in his two seasons as a Giant. He live-tweeted the game from home instead.

“I am in good spirits and doing well,” Ryan tweeted, his first public comments about his health since his positive tests last week.

Saquon Barkley returned to the lineup as well after a four-game absence, but the Giants were without wideout Sterling Shepard (quad), fullback/special teamer Cullen Gillaspia (calf), special teamer Nate Ebner (knee), tight end Kaden Smith (knee) and edge Lorenzo Carter (ankle/illness).

Edge Oshane Ximines was a healthy scratch for a second straight game, with the bye week doing nothing to get him out of Judge’s doghouse for his costly Week 8 offsides penalty in Kansas City.

Guard Wes Martin (healthy) also was a healthy scratch, a clear indication that backup guard Ben Bredeson’s left hand has healed enough to make him a serviceable option if necessary.


Tight end Kyle Rudolph was knocked out of Monday’s game with a right ankle injury after a big catch early in the third quarter.

Rudolph made a 28-yard catch on a wheel route down to Tampa’s 34-yard line, but he hurt his right ankle as he bent low to absorb a hit from big Bucs corner Jamel Dean.

Rudolph was replaced by Chris Myarick, playing in his seventh career NFL game and his fourth this season, called up with Kaden Smith (knee) out.

Source: Berkshire mont

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