The New York Giants and general manager Dave Gettleman have ensured that former left tackle Ereck Flowers won’t be put to waste. Instead, he will compete for the right tackle position on the offensive line.
At right tackle the Giants don’t have much depth, but there’s one darkhorse lineman that could easily find himself starting come September.
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Flowers finished 2017 with awful grades, and his time at left tackle was plagued by breath-taking gasps that came from Eli Manning running for his life.
Eli Manning : 22 of 32, 239 yards, 1 TD & 1 INT (Sacked 5 times. Hit 8 times) pic.twitter.com/J3h9H18kzD
— Lee Harvey (@MusikFan4Life) September 19, 2017
By the way… That’s MY quarterback. Manning opened up his body to deliver the pass knowing that he was going to take a monstrous hit. He was sacked five times in this game with Flowers allowing three of them.
In 2018, Nate Solder will be protecting Manning’s blind side, but on the right side of the line, Chad Wheeler could end up being the starter.
Wheeler had a solid 2017 when he was activated, allowing zero sacks against four-time Pro Bowler Justin Houston. The Giants went on to win that game against the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime. But, to no avail, former GM Jerry Reese plugged Bobby Hart in at right tackle the next week.
Wheeler was an undrafted free agent out of USC. Several injuries and an encounter with the police negatively impacted his draft stock, seeing him drop out of the entire 2017 NFL draft.
At 6-foot-7 and 306-pounds, Wheeler is a behemoth of a human, and he will certainly be battling for the starting job against Flowers comes spring. Hopefully, he will earn the job and designate Flowers to the bench where he rightfully belongs.