Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Giants give up on 2015 1st-round pick Ereck Flowers

Giants give up on 2015 1st-round pick Ereck Flowers

And because the Giants were unable to trade Flowers, his 2018 cap hit of $4.6 million will remain in place.

"I think it's just kind of run its course", coach Pat Shurmur said Monday.

The News' Pat Leonard reported Monday that GM Dave Gettleman's plan was to release Flowers if he couldn't trade him by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The Giants, who face the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night, also signed kicker Marshall Koehn to their practice squad. We wish him the best.

Flowers was the ninth-overall pick in the 2015 draft, one of the Giants' early efforts to build a competent offensive line after spending top-two-round picks on Weston Richburg in 2013 and Justin Pugh in 2014.

"The 6-6, 334-pounder never developed the proper technique to consistently protect Eli Manning, hampering the Giant offense". And Flowers' attitude was as problematic as his play. The Miami product was moved from left to right tackle this season after free agent Nate Solder was signed.

Flowers was forced into the starting lineup at left tackle during his rookie season when Will Beatty tore his pectoral muscle in the spring. The Giants moved him to right tackle this offseason, and he started the first two games this year before they discontinued the experiment.

After being drafted with the 9th pick out of Miami the expectations were high, and he was never able to live up to those in NY. Heading into Week 3, Shurmur made a decision to bench Flowers and give his job to Chad Wheeler, who originally signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent a year ago.

Wheeler said of Flowers' release: "Anything can happen".

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