The Giants aren’t going to sugarcoat it, they know Ereck Flowers is struggling.
But they also know they don’t have a choice at this point, so they’re going to ride with their left tackle and try to buck him up every chance they get.
“He’s our left tackle and our players are our players,” offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said, via Tom Rock of Newsday. “There’s no magic potion, there’s no easy answer in terms of trying to do the things that we can from a technique standpoint, from a fundamental standpoint and schematically, trying to get him and all of our players to be successful.”
Some have thought last year’s first-round pick might be better served moving to the right side, but the Giants have given no indication they’re considering that. Flowers is second in the league in holding penalties, and struggled last week against Dallas, allowing a sack of Eli Manning that caused a fumble. But they’re counting on improvement.
“It’s just a matter of continuing on a day-to-day basis, working the technique, working the fundamentals,” Sullivan said. “There’s things that he’s aware of that he can improve upon and it’s a process. It never happens as fast as anyone would like, but he’s certainly putting the time in, his coaches are putting the time in, and again, we’re hoping for the best.”
If the Giants get left guard Justin Pugh back, that should help. And Flowers certainly has the talent to justify his draft cost. But he’s also a work in progress, and they’re going to have to live with that as they progress through the next three weeks and possibly the playoffs.