Ereck Flowers may not stay at left tackle

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Giants General Manager Jerry Reese covered a lot of topics during a Monday press conference that included critical words about wide receiver Odell Beckham and musings about the end of the line for quarterback Eli Manning.

Left tackle Ereck Flowers is much younger than Manning, but Reese also discussed a change in circumstance for the 2015 first-round pick. Flowers racked up penalties during the 2016 season and was beaten frequently by opposing defenders when he didn’t resort to breaking the rules, renewing calls from outside the organization that Flowers is better suited to right tackle.

On Monday, Reese admitted that such a move may be in Flowers’ immediate future.

“Ereck has played basically every snap since he has been here,” Reese said. “He is an early-out junior, still a young player, but it is time for him to show us the fruits of being a first round draft pick, and I still think he has a chance to do that. We will evaluate that. Is he the left tackle? Should he be in a different position? We will evaluate that. But I do think that he is a big, strong kid who has a chance to be a really good player, so I still believe he has a chance to be a good player.”

Reese drew a lot of praise for the results of his spending spree on the defensive side of the ball this season without the shortcomings of the offense doing much to mitigate those good reviews. As his press conference made clear, though, there’s still a lot of work to do on that side of the ball for the Giants.

8 responses to “Ereck Flowers may not stay at left tackle

  1. .
    ” Reese drew a lot of praise for the results of his spending spree ”


    Any dope can buy a bunch of talent. His spending spree on core positions shows that his recent drafts have not been overly productive. Building your roster through free agency is a fool’s game. Eventually, the salary cap becomes your master (ie Jets).
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  2. He was a right tackle the day they drafted him and he still is. G Men had a shot at two left tackles last year and missed. The O line was the difference this year – period.

  3. He will stay at LT. In order to move him they have to have a better option to replace him….and they don’t. They will not draft somebody better at #23, nor are the choices in this draft abundant, and they don’t have anybody on the roster who if they move it depletes that position. FA is not an option since they need to lock up other players and are going to have to be creative to meet the cap to do so. Flowers will be back at LT.

  4. He simply cannot be the LT next season. He does not have the footwork. This was known even during the draft. He can open holes, though, so putting him at RG would give them an excellent interior. They should look into getting Joe Thomas who has at least as many years left as Eli, so his age should not be a factor.

  5. Why does he still have a job (Reese, that is)

    He gets credit for the defensive signings – but he had to do all of those signings because his drafting has been so poor – that there were such glaring needs.

    At the same time, no one thought this would be a good offensive line. There were glaring needs at RT and RG – and Flowers was a huge question at LT. No draft choices to address this… No free agent signings to address this.. Eli is 36 years old, and never was known as a mobile QB. IF Eli gets hurt – the Giants are DOA – there is no backup or replacement for him. If they improve the OL, the running game and passing game will be upgraded.

  6. He has done poorly at LT, so it seems obvious that you try him at RT, or maybe guard. HE also needs to work hard in the off season if he wants to stay in the league, 1st round pick or not.

  7. 6ball says:
    Jan 10, 2017 7:15 AM
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    ” Reese drew a lot of praise for the results of his spending spree ”


    Any dope can buy a bunch of talent. His spending spree on core positions shows that his recent drafts have not been overly productive. Building your roster through free agency is a fool’s game. Eventually, the salary cap becomes your master (ie Jets).
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    1. Many teams have done it, and most failed. Every guy — including JP, technically — played great. You fail here.

    2. The Giants are superb shape cap-wise. Even bringing up the Jets is fail enough. Ignoring the fact that the Giants will have at least $30M in cap space is another fail.

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