Ereck Flowers has taken a lot of heat from Giants fans over the years...and for good reason. The former first round pick was a massive disappointment at left tackle for the G-men in his three-and-a-half years in New York. Some of that was to be expected, as he was a raw prospect with great strength coming out of the University of Miami, but needed to work on his fundamentals. What was not to be expected is that he really never seemed to improve at offensive tackle during his time with Big Blue.
This past summer the Redskins signed Flowers with the hopes he could come in and compete for the vacant spot at left guard under the guidance of offensive line guru Bill Callahan. Despite the team saying they had signed him to play guard, he was played at offensive tackle in mini-camp and a bit of training camp out of necessity. Fans immediately began piling on Flowers, and most didn’t even want him on the team, never mind getting a chance to compete on the interior.
Fast forward a month...
When the Redskins opened their season at Philadelphia this past Sunday, September 8th, Flowers was the team’s starting left guard, sandwiched in between center Chase Roullier and veteran left tackle Donald Penn.
A recipe for disaster you say...NO SO FAST!
Ereck Flowers came out last Sunday and had himself a pretty darn good game against a really good Eagles defensive front.
Again Flowers doing a fantastic job of looking for work. Passes off the DT to Roullier and then lays the wood on the DE as he spins back inside. Awesome. pic.twitter.com/8vspho6oAO— Robbie Duncan (@RobbieDuncanOL) September 10, 2019
Flowers being physical in pass pro. pic.twitter.com/DcLysb6Ep3— Robbie Duncan (@RobbieDuncanOL) September 10, 2019
Watch the active hands and the anchor against one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL.
Ereck Flowers blocking Fletcher Cox is still the funniest shit from last game pic.twitter.com/X8XIglhFap— Mariaimdrunk (@PeckinsMatt) September 9, 2019
You can also read this piece by NBC Sports Washington that has some details on Flowers play this past weekend.
Ereck Flowers made 'serious strides' in his left guard debut, according to Jay Gruden https://t.co/ePzgixpOxk— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) September 10, 2019
And finally, some comments from Mark Bullock:
Haters are going to hate regardless, but some may want to bite their tongue a bit with their hate for Ereck Flowers. I watched the game four times(although I did not put out my film study breakdown yet) and to put it simply, the guy played VERY well in his first start at left guard!