Good morning, New York Giants fans! Mandatory mini-camp is over and now the wait for training camp, with players reporting on July 30, begins. Here are a few headlines as the Giants begin their summer vacation.
Flaherty getting used to rookie starters
Offensive line coach Pat Flaherty is working a rookie into the starting lineup for the third straight year. He said Thursday that his experinece the past two seasons can only help first-round pick Ereck Flowers prepare for the difficult assignment of being an opening-day starting left tackle.
"I learned some things from Justin that helped Weston and learned some things from Weston in combination with Justin that have helped Ereck," Flaherty said. "The biggest thing with these guys is, ‘How much time can you spend with them and just keep giving them the information so they just absorb it and digest it.' One thing you find out with the younger players is they have to go out and do it and they have to do it and do it, the more reps they get. That is what I did in the past and we did in the past. You don't want to work a guy until he is crawling off the field, but you want to work him to his brink because the more reps he is getting, the better off and the opportunity to get to teach him on tape and he is experiencing that."
With that in mind, Flowers often took both first- and second-team reps throughout the spring.
"Ereck, from day one when he was drafted, before he even took a snap with us, when he was up here, we sat and talked," Flaherty said. "As I went through a couple of the other (draft-eligible) guys, one asked me, ‘What are your expectations of me if I get drafted by the Giants?' Ereck never asked me that. Through the conversation, I guess he realized what I was telling him, you were drafted with the ninth pick by the New York Giants for a reason and that reason is that from day one you are going to compete to be a player. I did tell him at that time nobody knows when that day is. It could be the first day, it could be the 25th day, it could be the 10th day. But my goal as a coach is to always get you ready to be ready that first day. That is kind of what we talked about. I didn't tell him his rookie season is over. You are going to be a rookie, they are going to treat you like a rookie, but I think he will grow and mature at a rapid pace."