Ereck Flowers: Game has slowed down a bit every day
Jun/08/15 09:20 PM Filed in: Ereck Flowers
For New York Giants' rookie offensive tackle Ereck Flowers, there is no transition period. The Giants have been forced to turn to Flowers as their first team left tackle following the injury to incumbent starter Will Beatty. Of course, nothing is set in stone during OTAS and Flowers could eventually be moved to the right side or even the bench. However, the Giants have used the same first team unit for every repetition during OTAs, so it seems like they are set on giving this unit an extended look. The Giants have high expectations for Flowers.
Flowers believes that he is making steady improvements as he gets used to the game speed and new responsibilities that come along with his status as the team's first unit left tackle.
"It's just like any transition -- every day has gotten better for me," Flowers said, per NFL.com. "It's actually slowed down a little bit from the first day. It's a process. You've got to just keep at it. That's how it was in college."
Offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse has been thrust into a starting role at right tackle following the loss of Beatty. Originally, Newhouse was also thrust into a starting role, similar to what is going on with Flowers, with the Green Bay Packers several years ago. He understands the process.
"He's on a very steep curve and it's gotten even steeper," Newhouse said, per NFL.com. "To say he's getting tossed into the fire is a little bit of an understatement. He's getting tossed into a furnace with not a lot of room to move."
Veteran Justin Pugh hopes to help Flowers by offering him advice on how to eat, how to train and how to prepare himself for what is guaranteed to be the most grueling year of his career.
"Coming from college, it is the longest year of your life," Pugh said, per NFL.com.
Flowers will continue to get all of the repetitions at left tackle as the Giants round out their final set of OTAs this week.