Ereck Flowers is chirping in his coach's ear ... for a good reason
Aug/10/15 12:20 AM Filed in: Ereck Flowers
EAST RUTHERFORD ‐ Giants rookie offensive tackle Ereck Flowers just wants to play football. He doesn't want to watch or rehab on the side field as his teammates participate in a training camp practice. He doesn't want to take mental reps and receive tips from offensive line coach Pat Flaherty.
Flowers wants to be on the field getting ready for his rookie season. A hip flexor has kept it from happening this week. Flowers missed three straight practices, and the Giants were without four offensive line starters (Flowers, center Weston Richburg, guard Geoff Schwartz and tackle Will Beatty) because of injury on Thursday.
"Ereck is a little different now. Ereck wants to [get on the field]. He's chomping at the bit. He's in my ear," Flaherty said. "I said, 'Listen,we have the best training staff in the world. They're going to put you out there when you're ready, so you don't get reinjured. It's not good to get out there and get back to square one now.'
"So he's missing some time now, but the objective is when he gets out there, there is no looking back. When that is, I can't tell you."
Flowers and Richburg returned to practice on Friday.
While every practice Flowers misses is "critical," according to Flaherty, it's at least comforting to see the attitude he brings to the table. Flowers is the ninth-overall pick and doesn't come with any noticeable ego.