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McAdoo: Giants’ Ereck Flowers has apologized to ESPN reporter

Coach calls incident in locker room “unacceptable”

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New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo said that he, General Manager Jerry Reese and members of the team’s public relations staff had spoken with Ereck Flowers following Sunday’s night’s locker room incident with ESPN reporter Jordan Ranaan. McAdoo added that Flowers called Ranaan on Monday to apologize.

“He understands that he cannot behave that way. It’s unacceptable,” McAdoo said. “It’s important for us all to have a professional relationship with the media, players and coaches.”

McAdoo said any discipline for Flowers, a second-year offensive tackle, would remain in house and not be made public.

Here are some other takeaways from McAdoo’s Monday after conference following Sunday’s 23-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

On Eli Manning’s health

Manning has had two rough games in succession, but McAdoo said the 13-year veteran is “healthy as far as I’m aware.”

On the offensive line

Sunday night McAdoo said the pocket for Manning, sacked three times, was “hot.” Monday he said “We need to do a better job maintaining the width of the pocket ... they’re a good front, you need to give them credit. But, we need to do a better job.”

McAdoo was asked if Will Beatty would have an opportunity to replace either Flowers or right tackle Bobby Hart this week. He said vaguely that every lineman on the roster has a chance to push for playing time every week.

On the struggles passing the ball

“The pass game there’s enough to go around, It wasn’t just pass protection. Our pass game needs to improve, whether it’s depth of routes, whether it’s spacing, stair steps, the quarterback sitting in there and making accurate throws, we need to finish some throws and come up with some contested plays. It’s not just pass protection, it’s a little bit of everything.”

In praise of DRC

McAdoo lauded the work of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who played 61 snaps Monday despite re-aggravating his injured groin. The coach called it a “gutty performance” and added “I appreciate it personally.”

McAdoo added that both DRC and Eli Apple, who played only seven snaps after suffering a groin injury would be limited or might not practice at all early in the week.

“That has yet to be determined,” he said.

Kick returner Dwayne Harris has a sprained great toe, per McAdoo.