Matt Peart embraces the chance to prove he’s the starter material


Giants offensive tackle Matt Peart remembers grinding his teeth when he saw the game himself on the film and the little yellow flag that came with it.

“I was really hard on myself,” the second-year offensive lineman said Thursday. “Like, ‘Come on, I just cost my guys a first try.’ It’s just one of those things where it’s like you have to be connected to the call and just figure out that we can’t make that happen. “

Oh, and for the record, Peart vowed this type of mistake would never happen again.

“Yes, I stayed on the sidelines, I made the corrections and I promise you that will never happen to me again,” he said. “But yeah, it was completely on me.”

Peart’s willingness to take responsibility, combined with his commitment to improving his art, are the main reasons coaching staff trusted him to protect the blind side of the quarterback while starting left tackle Andrew Thomas is in. the reserve of injured with injuries to the foot and ankle.

Rather than move Nate Solder, who has played left tackle for most of his NFL career, from right tackle to left tackle – they tried it earlier in the year with poor results – the Giants are hoping swim with Peart holding the fort.

So far, all is well, according to Peart, who in 142 snaps blocking passes, including 115 on the left tackle, he has only allowed six presses (two bags), throw one shutout blocking passes in last week’s win over the Panthers.

“I think Matt is a guy who is improving all the time and he’s someone we obviously challenged last week,” said head coach Joe Judge earlier this week.

“He had a lot of responsibility on his plate, came in and he’s really committed. There are things that he needs to improve as a player, like we all do, like every player and every coach does, but one thing I see with he has a consistent work ethic to keep improving and he’s very, very coachable. ”

“I feel like I have (done) what I needed to do, come here to the training ground and work every day,” said Peart. “I just work on the technique and skills I need on the pitch in training and show up on match day and do it.”

Peart, who many predicted he would win the starting right tackle in training camp only to lose it to Solder, took any disappointment to improve his game so he was ready if another opportunity presented itself.

“Overall I’m a better student in the game. I just work with Coach (Offensive Line) (Rob) Sale and Coach (Assistant Offensive Line) (Ben) Wilk (Wilkerson), even Coach (Pat) Flats (Flaherty), and some of the veterans, like (Center) Billy (Price), Nate (Solder). Just understand how they see the game and integrate it into the way I approach the game as well, and especially game planning, ”he said when asked where he made the most significant improvement in his game.

“I feel like I’ve made huge strides in this regard. Bigger, faster, stronger. Even more than that, just working my overall technique.”

With a right-handed quarterback behind him, Peart understands there’s a bit more of a burden on the left tackle to keep that blind side clear. Thomas, before his injury, had been able to accomplish this, giving quarterback Daniel Jones a level of comfort in the pocket that he didn’t always have in his first two seasons.

Peart wants to make sure Jones has that level of comfort while he’s in charge of protecting Jones’ blind side.

“You just have to play one game at a time, play in myself,” he said of his approach to the job. “Just understanding when he calls a game knowing what my responsibility is to do at that precise moment, run or pass.

“Just have the mentality of fighting, of beating your one-on-one clash. You play the blind side, so you have to keep the quarterback clean.”

Again, the approach has worked so far, although Peart has stressed that it’s more than just the left tackle that should make sure the quarterback is comfortable in the pocket.

“I’m just one of five. Having that relationship with the quarterback and understanding that we keep pocket width for tackles and depth with the top three, and we just make sure he’s capable. to fit in the pocket when he needs to. “

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