New York Giants place former first-round pick Ereck Flowers on waivers

Ereck Flowers

It became clear nearly immediately that Flowers was in over his head as he struggled mightily at the left tackle spot.

Shurmur said Tuesday that Rosas' injury is improving. The Giants could promote tackle Brian Mihalik from the practice squad to serve as an emergency swing tackle with center/guard Spencer Pulley serving as an extra lineman and jumbo tight end in sub packages.

But the 6-6, 334-pounder never developed the proper technique to consistently protect Eli Manning, hampering the Giant offense. His play was so poor NY signed former New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder to a four-year, $62 million contract as a free agent this spring.

But he wasn't - unfortunately his play reinforced he was part of the problem, and that was evident from the first offensive play of the season when he was reduced to trying to trip Jaguars star defensive end Calais Campbell after being beaten badly to the inside.

After two subpar starts, Flowers was benched in favor of second-year man Chad Wheeler and has played sparingly since.

The Giants had tried to move Flowers to right tackle when they signed left tackle Nate Solder this offseason.

Within two weeks Gettleman knew he had made a huge mistake.

The No. 9 overall pick in the 2015 National Football League draft out of Miami, Flowers was a head-scratching pick to fans and analysts alike at the time, and their confusion was proved well-founded once Flowers hit the field at the next level. I appreciate the way he's played hurt and handled a tough situation. Watt but has given them physicality in the run game and more reliability from down-to-down.

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