Giants give left tackle Ereck Flowers a vote of confidence

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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.

13 responses to “Giants give left tackle Ereck Flowers a vote of confidence

  1. He’s bad. If the Giants have a chance to pick up an upgrade in this year’s draft I don’t think anyone would fault them for it.

  2. First round picks “with talent” should not be works in progress 2 years later.
    Can he be moved to Right Tackle?
    Or Right Guard?

    Justin Pugh was drafted to be a left tackle and that didn’t work out, but he’s done OK at left guard.

    Can Flowers be made into an at least average OLineman somewhere?

  3. He must of beat his wife. Or did they tell him over a walkie talkie? Did they gauge the air pressure?

  4. Well what the hell would they honestly do in week 15? Of course he’s the left tackle the rest of the year for certain. 2017 may be a different story.

  5. He’s 22, left college a year early and is playing one of the toughest positions on the field. Sure he needs to improve, but to say he’s no good is a bit premature.

  6. many people thought Flowers was a reach and going to be a bust at #10 overall. Those people were right…

  7. grogansheroes says:
    Dec 16, 2016 9:35 AM
    He must of beat his wife. Or did they tell him over a walkie talkie? Did they gauge the air pressure?

    You still mad bro?

  8. Sounds like Eric Fisher, left tackle selected by the Chiefs with the overall number one pick in the 2013 draft. He sucked then the very same way as Flowers is sucking now. Fisher is a fine LT now, but too bad for the Chiefs that the 2013 draft didn’t have any decent QB’s to consider. That was some bad luck.

  9. The Giants’ only alternative is to admit that Jerry Reese made a terrible mistake in the offseason by not signing a free agent left tackle and moving Flowers to right tackle.

  10. They knew he was a project when they drafted him, and was slated to be the RT when Beatty injured himself last year, so he was thrown into the LT situation. His technique has been terrible, but that can definitely be improved upon. He may be better suited for RT, or even RG, but for the rest of the year, he’s the LT.

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