Giants give up on 2015 1st-round pick Ereck Flowers

Aubrey Yates
October 10, 2018

Ereck Flowers' run with the New York Giants is over after the team was unable to trade him.

The move to part ways with the 2015 first-round draft pick isn't a surprise for the Giants (1-4). He was supposed to be the team's left tackle for the next decade.

The Giants made Ereck Flowers the No. 9 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but entering this season, he had not lived up to expectations in NY.

Flowers, 24, is in the final year of a four-year, $14.3 million rookie contract, which includes a team option. He is making nearly $2.4 million this season.

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The release of Flowers, who had been the butt of jokes in NY for years, generated strong reactions from the Giants faithful. During that span, the Giants' offensive line struggled often and Flowers was a big reason why. The decision to get rid of Flowers comes less than three weeks after the offensive lineman was benched by Giants coach Pat Shurmur.

Flowers started all but two games at left tackle between 2015 and 2017 before being moved to right tackle this summer. "We appreciate Ereck's efforts".

The good news for Flowers is that he'll likely be a hot commodity if the Giants end up releasing him. "Sometimes a change of scenery is good for a person, and we're just hopeful he can go out and continue to have a good career". Since then, second-year pro Chad Wheeler has started New York's past three contests in Flowers's place opposite Solder.

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