After a rough rookie season, New York Giants left tackle Ereck flowers said Wednesday that he is "more comfortable" entering his second NFL season.
"I feel more comfortable the second go around. Definitely a lot more than when I first got here," Flowers said in his first remarks of 2016 to the media. ""Going through the speed of the game, long season, preparation, and getting a second go around with it knowing what is going to happen will definitely give you more of an advantage."
After being selected ninth overall in the draft, Flowers was immediately thrust into the left tackle role when Will Beatty was injured. He struggled, as rookie left tackles historically do. The fact that he played most of the season on a troublesome ankle did not help.
"You wish you weren't playing hurt, but you have to go out there and play for your team and try and win some games," Flowers said in admitting the ankle was a constant issue. "I feel a lot better this year."
Flowers has a new offensive line coach, with Mike Solari having replaced Pat Flaherty. He seems happy with the change.
"It is a good adjustment, in every way. All of his techniques and different drills and everything he does," Flowers said. "He is a great coach."
One thing Flowers doesn't want to talk about is whether the Giants might add a player who would force him to move to right tackle.
"I could(n't) care less. I could(n't) care less about any of that. That entire conversation," Flowers said.
All that really matters is that Flowers gets closer to reaching the potential the Giants saw when they selected him a year ago. There is no way to know what will happen going forward, but he appears to be off to a good start this season.