In 2015, the New York Giants selected Ereck Flowers ninth overall, hoping he would become the franchise cornerstone at left tackle. Since then, however, the results have been disastrous and it appears the Giants are in for another long year.
According to Jordan Raanan of ESPN, Flowers is still a “serious concern.”
The risk was never more evident than on Monday, when the Giants left tackle had five or six awful reps (out of maybe 30). Defensive end Olivier Vernon, a second-team All-Pro, was doing as he pleased with seemingly little resistance.
To verify Flowers’ struggles, I showed a handful of the lowlights to several ex-NFL offensive linemen and some independent offensive line coaches. They all agreed it was brutal. One said: “Worst I’ve seen, period.”
While Vernon is a very good NFL player, the fact that he is just having his way with Flowers shows that he has not developed as the Giants had hoped this offseason.
Going to watch Ereck Flowers closely today. This happened 5 or 6 times yesterday in say 30 snaps. Beat clean. It’s becoming problematic. pic.twitter.com/znvijGsjR7
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 15, 2017
Flowers allowed 59 total pressures last season, second only to Chris Clark in Houston. Eli Manning was sacked four times in those instances and was hit on another eight occasions. He was the 62nd ranked offensive tackle out of 76 qualified players according to Pro Football Focus and was named the least valuable player by us last February.