Feb 20, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami offensive lineman Ereck Flowers speaks to the media at the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
2. Ereck Flowers Struggles In Rookie Season
Ereck Flowers is far from a finished product coming into his rookie season. While Flowers has the size, and physical traits that you want in an offensive tackle, his pass protection needs some work. The jump from the realm of college football to the lightning fast world of the NFL is a tough transition for any player. The epicenter for quick paced action is in the trenches, especially for tackles blocking edge rushers.
If Flowers struggles to protect Manning off the edge, either on the right or more important left side, than the Giants are back to square one with the offensive line. Flowers is a great looking prospect, but predicting how he will fair in his rookie season, presumably as a starter is impossible.
If Flowers succeeds in 2015, the Giants offense will flourish like never before. If Flowers fails in his rookie season, or simply plays inconsistently (which is more likely than being a complete mess) the Giants offense may have some of the same problems it had last year. The Giants offense will be pretty good no matter what because they have a franchise QB and many exciting toys for him to play with. If the offensive line struggles starting a rookie offensive tackle, the offense may not take the next step forward.
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