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Ereck Flowers reports to work with New York Giants

Flowers will compete for the right tackle job

NFL: New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.