New York Giants: Ereck Flowers Fires Back At Ben McAdoo Comments

The 2017 season was full of failures and questionable motives from New York Giants‘ left tackle Ereck Flowers. From allowing consistent pressures on Eli Manning to checking out of the final game of the season with right tackle Bobby Hart, the former first-round pick has displayed nothing but negatives in his three years as a professional.

With the new regime taking hold of the team and attempting to veer it back into the right direction, Flowers has found himself with a second opportunity at life in the NFL. He has been shifted over to RT and is looking to revive a career plagued by inadequate performances.

Signing former Patriot Nate Solder has helped Manning sleep better at night, and his performance in last week’s preseason game against the Detriot Lions attests to that statement.

The Giants signed Solder to a contract that allocates $15 million per year to the tackle. Flowers wasn’t too keen on the signing as he felt betrayed, but he must understand the legitimacy of the move.

Ben McAdoo speaks out about the New York Giants’ right tackle:

“He can’t bend, you got to be able to bend,” McAdoo said in an interview with the New York Post. “You can run around him on that (right) side just like you can on the other side. Eli just gets to see it, which may help Eli. It’s not on the blind side. It’s in his vision, so if he is comfortable with what’s going on over on the left side, it can help him move in the pocket a little bit better.”

Flowers fired back after the comments:

“Anything he had to say to me, he could have said it when he was here with me,” Flowers told NJ Advance Media following Monday’s practice. “Anything that he has to say now, I really don’t care about. I’m here right now, going into the season just focused on what’s ahead of us.”

In regard to making the transition to the right side:

“When you move over you kind of have to switch everything,” Flowers said. “Your muscle memory, a lot of different things. It’s going pretty well though I have gotten a lot better at it since I first started.”

For the Giants, it’s essential that Flowers becomes serviceable at the very least.

This play from last week was not a good sign, but there were some better looks from Flowers. Former Gaints Devon Kennard easily swim moves around the new right tackle – Flowers was completely bent over and off balance, which was one of his most frequently downfalls last season.

He needs to continue working on his footwork and balance issues.

Will Ereck Flowers Step Up His Game Or Step Off The New York Giants Roster?

New York Giants right tackle Ereck Flowers has been a lackluster part of the offensive line – on the field, and in the locker room. His glaring weaknesses have been the epitome of disaster for a line that has sacrificed Eli Manning for years now.

On April 30th, 2015, Ereck Flowers was selected as the 9th pick of the NFL Draft to be the Giants’ new left tackle. Coming out of the University of Miami, Flowers definitely had his flaws, and these flaws have steadily become more noticeable since stepping on the field for Big Blue in his rookie season.

The Giants desperately needed a new, young offensive lineman to give Eli Manning time to release the ball, but Flowers is weak pass blocker due to balance issues, has sloppy footwork, and reverts to grabbing edge rushers, ultimately causing six holding calls in two seasons. Former offensive lineman for the Giants, Geoff Schwartz, accused Flowers of “quitting” on the team due to multiple missed blocks and possessing poor technique during games. Most would come to the conclusion that Flowers is nothing more than a Jerry Reese bust.

Last season, the Giants’ organization was in chaos, especially the offensive line. Eli Manning was sacked for a total of 31 times last season, the most since 2013. Flowers, who was then the starting left tackle, played in 46 of 48 games, showing that his strength was undoubtedly his durability. Unfortunately, consistently providing poor performances was not the type of strength that earns you a contract extension.

His weaknesses:

Although Flowers is a 300-pound aggressive lineman, his inability to maintain his balance and footwork on the left side of the line was too much of a struggle to keep him as the starter moving forward.

One of Dave Gettleman’s first moves as general manager was signing a high-profile LT. The signing  of Nate Solder ended the Flowers era, but head coach Pat Shurmur gave him a second chance of life at right tackle. After Bobby Hart, who was Flowers’ best friend on the team coincidentally, was released, he was moved to the right side of the line where he would compete with second-year man, Chad Wheeler.

Given Flowers takes this opportunity wholeheartedly, he can still manage to salvage a slice of success for his NFL career. Maybe, just maybe, he can find his balance as a RT.

One word of advice for Flowers, stick around Solder and learn as much as you can. Leaving your pride behind and focus on becoming the best right tackle you can possibly be. At the very least, be a team player and show that you deserve to be a professional in any sense of the word.



The New York Giants Offense Has One Major Issue Remaining

As the New York Giants continue to coast through the offseason, one major question remains on the offensive side of the ball. General manager Dave Gettleman addressed the offensive line efficiently, as he snagged left tackle Nate Solder in free agency and drafted guard Will Hernandez in the second-round.

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Here’s what the starting line might look like come September:

LT: Nate Solder

LG: Will Hernandez

C: Brett Jones

RG: Patrick Omameh

RT: Ereck Flowers/Chad Wheeler

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The major question mark is at right tackle, where Flowers and Wheeler will battle it out for the starting job. Flowers is making the transition from left to right, which will require him to learn a new technique and adapt to an entirely different concept. The forth-year lineman struggled immensely at the LT position before being replaced, consistently being overwhelmed on the edge by faster and stronger rushers. His footwork and hand placement was never developed properly. It’s possible Flowers simply doesn’t have the physical tools to blossom into a stating caliber player.

Chad Wheeler on the other hand is going into his second-year as an undrafted free agent. He impressed in the Giants’ win over the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017.

Here’s a clip detailing his strengths:

Wheeler starts the play with an immediate double-team assignment alongside D.J. Fluker. They engage the Chiefs’ defensive end well, which eventually becomes a 1v1 match-up against Wheeler.  You can see how the UDFA holds on tight and utilize his hands to keep the defender in-front of him. Running back Orleans Darkwa attacks the left side of the line, which collapses quickly, leaving him no choice but to bolt right into Wheeler’s assignment.

Despite the outcome of the play, Wheeler displayed good strength and balance once he successfully engaged. If he can develop his speed and lateral quickness to contain fast edge rushers, he could beat out Flowers for the vacant right tackle spot.

Should Landon Collins Talk About Locker Room Issues With Press?

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New York Giants’ safety Landon Collins should keep team issues in-house. At least, that’s what some fans, or members of the media, think. It came up last year when Collins called cornerback Eli Apple “a cancer.” We all moved on from it relatively quickly, though, because it was a tough season and it was reasonable for players to be frustrated as the team’s downward spiral seemed to continue every week.

Apple also entered the league with some attitude problems according to NFL scouts, so he was an acceptable target for criticism. But last year isn’t the only time that Collins has spoken about locker room problems publicly.

He recently told WFAN that offensive tackle Ereck Flowers is unhappy about the Giants’ addition of Nate Solder, who is meant to replace him at the left tackle position. According to Collins, it’s the reason why Flowers skipped voluntary training in the offseason.

Obviously, most Giants fans don’t agree with Flowers’ feelings on the matter. Solder should be a huge upgrade at left tackle, and most of the fanbase thinks that Flowers should either keep his head down and work to start at right tackle, or leave the team entirely rather than complaining. Still, it’s a little controversial that Collins revealed this fact publicly in the first place, instead of keeping the matter in-house.

Collins later clarified his comments to explain that he wasn’t calling his teammate a bust. But should he speak on matters like this at all? Or should locker room affairs be left with the coaches to handle?

First of all, he’s not [a bust]. He’s working hard. He’s trying his best to do whatever he needs to be the best left tackle, right tackle or wherever they’re going to put him on the offensive line.

On one hand, the New York press has a national reputation for being brutal, and the Giants have already been the subject of speculative but false news stories during this offseason. Just look at all the articles and reports about an Odell Beckham Jr. trade with the Rams, which turned out to be false.

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Revealing the unhappiness of certain teammates to the press will only lead to more speculation, much of it negative. Even if it doesn’t result in speculation, talking publicly about team matters can add more distractions in general, and it runs the risk of splitting the locker room further.

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However, issues like this being revealed to the media hold players accountable. The fanbase will likely have less patience for Ereck Flowers after hearing his reason for skipping certain activities in the offseason, and that can be a good thing if it causes Flowers to play better because of the increased pressure.

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Some players perform better with their backs against the wall and with the fans calling for their head, and this added pressure also adds motivation to improve, even if only out of self preservation.

This is why I disagree with the idea that team problems should stay with the team. Yes, there’s some times when a head coach has something handled privately and doesn’t want it to reach the media, but there’s also times when putting problems in the public light pushes players to correct them. The Ereck Flowers situation specifically looks like it’s in the second category, rather than the first.

Giants Potentially Looking To Trade Former First Round Pick – What Could They get?

As the New York Giants continue to overhaul the offensive line and bring new players in, a former first-round pick from the Jerry Reese era might be on his way out.

According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, former left tackle for the Giants, Ereck Flowers, might be on the trading block come draft day.

Flowers was told by head coach Pat Shurmur that he would be sliding to right tackle after the signing of former Patriots’ left tackle, Nate Solder. Flowers will battle with undrafted player Chad Wheeler for the starting RT job, but Flowers is expected to be the front-runner.

The third-year tackle has been the only player missing from OTA’s for the Giants, which surely casts a dark shadow over him considering the expectations of the new regime.

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What could the Giants get out of him?

If the Giants are actually trying to extract some value from the young tackle, they will likely look to some teams that may be in need of a depth tackle or potential starting RT.

An asking price of a 3rd round pick might be the best case scenario for the Giants, with a 5-6th rounder being the worst. Expectations are that Flowers will improve at the right tackle spot, simply because it’s his dominant side. Despite the technical adjustments, he is better suited to protect Manning’s right side.

The Giants have the option to pick up Flowers’ fifth-year option, but it seems as if they’re far from interested in investing more in the first-round bust. Picking up the option would raise his salary to $12.5 million in 2019, which would be guaranteed even if Flowers suffered a season ending injury. This year he will only count $2.4 million against the cap, which doesn’t take a serious toll on the Giants’ appropriated moneys.

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Unless Flowers shows serious improvements as a right tackle, we should expect to see him either dished out or allowed to walk in 2019.



Darkhorse Offensive Lineman Could Win Right Tackle Spot For New York Giants

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.

The darkhorse:

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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.

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.