New York Giants: Ereck Flowers Could Face Former Team In Washington

Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

The two games this year between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants are going to be interesting ones. The teams already have a historic rivalry but that rivalry was added to recently by multiple former Giants players – of varying levels of popularity – making the switch to the Redskins. The most notable, of course, would be Landon Collins, who left the Giants as a free agent to take a much larger deal in Washington. However, Collins isn’t the only one to make the jump.

Ereck Flowers was much maligned at the right tackle for the Giants for three years, and last season, departed the team for the Jacksonville Jaguars after his release. His performances were poor enough for the Giants to completely pull the plug on him despite spending the ninth overall pick to get Flowers in the first place.

Now it looks like Flowers could meet his former team on the field after moving from the Jaguars to the Redskins, leaving the former as a free agent and signing a one year contract with the latter. It seems like a strange move for Washington to sign a highly criticized player such as Flowers to protect their rookie quarterback, but it’s one that might benefit the Giants, if Flowers does start.

And so far, Flowers is surprisingly set to open training camp with Washington as starter.

“He’s long, he’s square, obviously he can play in the short area so those are things we kind of identified during free agency that we liked and we are trying to fit him into that mode. So it’s been a work in progress, we got a long ways to go yet, but he’s made a nice transition,” Washington assistant head coach Bill Callahan stated.

It seems Flowers may be improving, but some positive things were said about Flowers before last season and it didn’t help much when it came time to perform on the field. The matchup between Flowers and the Giants, however, has some interesting aspects to it. If Flowers starts and performs well this season, it may look bad on the Giants coaching staff that failed to get even average performances from the player.

Between Landon Collins and his statements, the Giants passing on Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., and Ereck Flowers ending up in the starting lineup at this point for Washington, the rivalry between these teams might just be interesting again. One can only hope the Giants are the one that comes out on top this season, in their two meetings.