While the New York Giants haven’t entirely given up on tackle Ereck Flowers, most of the fan-base and professional heads have come to a conclusion that something needs to change. Switching from the left to right is extremely difficult; an analogy would be – it’s like trying to brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand…it doesn’t feel right.
Despite the truth that Flowers played a big of RT in college, those days are long behind him, and taking that memory and applying it to the NFL will be more difficult than simple. Reports have stated that Flowers has been inconsistent, regularly being overwhelmed by linebacker stunts and unique plays. There’s plenty of time for the continuitiy of the right side to improve, but so far there’s little room for optimism.
Let’s take a look at three free agent option that could make sense for the New York Giants at right tackle:
1.) Michael Oher
The former Baltimore Raven has struggled with concussions throughout his career, and despite the concern he’s still trying to remain active in the NFL. He could be a solid swing tackle if he manages to receive medical clearance to return to active play.
In his prime he was a solid offensive lineman, and if he has anything left in the tank the Giants should surely consider him as a potential option.
2.) Potential bubble cut: Menelik Watson
With the Broncos testing out Watson at right tackle in hopes he would be the answer on their swiss cheese of a line, the plan backfired. He missed nine games due to injury and struggled consistently. He may just not be cut out for a starting gig in the NFL, but he could be a more than serviceable backup for Flowers.
Watson has potential and skill at the position, and giving him limited reps would cut back on the potential for injury and allow him to be used in dire situations.
3.) A home-grown option: John Jerry
While the two above would be free agent signing, the Giants could look to a player of their own to play a safety role for Flowers. Guard John Jerry has been used at the RT position during camp on occasion. He has shown some ability there and it would ultimately allow him to salvage his time as a Giants this season.
It was thought that Jerry would be a cap-cut by the end of camp, but if he can establish himself as a decent backup behind Flowers, he might have use after-all.