All of the New York Giants players have now officially reported to work for the voluntary off-season program. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that offensive tackle Ereck Flowers has reported to the Giants’ facilities.
Former first-round pick Ereck Flowers, who has missed the Giants’ off-season program, returned to work and the teams’ training facility today, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 14, 2018
A trade is still an option, but for now, the Giants intend to play him at right tackle.
Flowers first created waves when he was the only player to not report for the start of the Giants’ voluntary off-season program, and hadn’t reported for any OTA to date. Landon Collins stated at the beginning of May that Flowers was frustrated with the team over the signing of Nate Solder — a statement for which he was publicly chastised by head coach Pat Shurmur.
Shurmur mentioned during rookie mini-camp that he had been in contact with Flowers and that he understands that Flowers is in good shape. However, he wouldn’t comment on when he expected Flowers to report. “We’ll see when he gets here,” Shurmur said. “We’ll talk about it then. We’re communicating with him. There’s been times when Odell hasn’t been here and we’ve communicated with him, so we’re looking forward to him being here and we feel like we’re a better team with him here than without him.”
As Schefter noted, Flowers will be in competition with Chad Wheeler for the right tackle job. Many have projected Flowers to the right based on his size and strength — and it was the position the Giants wanted him to play his rookie year before left tackle Will Beatty was injured. Flowers has his work cut out for him as he will have to re-learn how to play offensive tackle with his technique the mirror opposite of what he has trained for over the previous six years.
How this all works out remains to be seen, but at least the Giants have more options than than they did two days ago.