Giants GM Questions the Future of his First-Round Pick
Earlier today, ESPN staff writer Jordan Raanan shared a quote from New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese. The quote was in regards to the team’s starting left tackle, second-year man Ereck Flowers: “It's time for him to show the fruits of being a first-round pick.” Raanan went on to say himself that the Giants will “evaluate whether that is at left tackle.”
One part of the Giants’ fan base is surely reacting to this news with abject horror. We used the ninth-overall pick on this dude less than two years ago, and we are already giving up on him as a left tackle? If he can’t play tackle, he was hardly worth a top-10 pick! Or so the argument would go…
The other half of the team’s fan base is taking a much different approach to this reveal by Reese. Finally!!
Flowers has not cut it as a franchise left tackle. He was very, very bad at his job as a rookie, which isn’t necessarily unexpected. However, he has also been very bad at his job as a second-year man. Last month, NBC put up a graphic on Flowers and his “protection” skills. Counting sacks, quarterback hits and hurries allowed, Flowers was dead last in the NFL among tackles in 2015. He vaulted all the way up to second-to-last in 2016 (the statistic was through Week 13).
Besides being a liability in protection, Flowers has also shown poor technique and hovers around the league lead in total penalties and holding penalties among offensive linemen.
Next year will be his third in the NFL. He has shown improvement between year one and two, but only because he was so bad in year one. His level of play still never reached the point it needs to be for Eli Manning and company to feel comfortable having him at left tackle. Reese is right to question Flowers’ future at the most important position along the offensive line. He hasn’t played like he deserves to stay there any longer.
Todd Salem, New York Giants Lead Writer and pecan pie enthusiast
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