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Flowers Says He’s Happy, Adjusting to Move to RT

The New York Giants have reshuffled and retooled their offensive line. They signed Nate Solder in free agency to play left tackle and drafted Will Hernandez in the second round of the NFL Draft to play right guard. Brett Jones and Jon Halapio are battling it out for the center spot but on the right side of the line, they have two players who have spent mont of their careers on the left side of the line.

Free agent Patrick Omameh had played in 53 games with 45 starts since entering the league with Tampa Bay in 2014. He started at RG all 16 games as a rookie. From there, he moved onto the Chicago where he played both guard positions. The past two seasons in Jacksonville, however, Omameh started 20 games at LG. For the OTAs and minicamp this spring with the Giants, Omameh has been lining up with the starting group at RG.

Ereck Flowers was the Giants’ first round pick (9th overall) in 2015. He has started at left tackle in all 46 games he’s appeared in. His performance has been below average, to be kind. When the Giants signed Solder, he was told that he was to be tried at RT, a suggestion he did not initially take to.

Since then, Flowers has been nothing but a model player and teammate. Facing free agency after this season since the Giants declined his fifth-year option, he has embraced the role with an excitement and effort not seen before which has drawn accolades from his teammates and coaches.

OC David Shula was asked about the challenges and concerns of having two players adjusting to the other side of the line.

“About like you would expect. There is a newness. You start from the stance, just kind of getting comfortable in the stances. Whether or not it is first and second down or third down as you are protecting the passer and then with the newness, not just with those two guys being there and getting a feel for each other, how they work, how they work in pass protection to pass games off or work on double teams in the run game. Just the newness of the whole offense, so it’s been good to see. I think we’re getting better, both of those guys are getting better and more comfortable. They are both very talented, they both have a good look in their eye in coming out and wanting to prove things. They’re kind of like the rest of us – we’re not there yet, but we’re working to get better.”

Flowers spoke to the Giants beat pool after practice in the second day of minicamp on Wednesday.

“I am feeling great, I am having fun every day and I am just looking to continue this,” he said. “I am happy. I’m very happy.”

He was asked how the move to the new position was going.

“It is an adjustment, but it’s going well. I’m just chopping wood everyday and trying to get better…I think it’s going great. I think they brought in some great guys – Nate, Pat, Will. I think it’s going great. I think that everybody is clicking and just trying to keep this going throughout the season.”

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