After two seasons where he struggled, Giants LT Ereck Flowers is looking to make big improvements in his third NFL season.
Flowers has been having a good training camp, and head coach Ben McAdoo likes what he has seen. However, he believes he has a long road to go.
"Ereck's getting better with his punch in pass protection," McAdoo told The Post's Brian Lewis. "He's working on keeping his hips down and he's making progress. ... Development takes time, and right now ... for Ereck, third down is a big period for him. That's where he needs a lot of work, in pass protection and one-on-one versus defensive ends. And he took a step [Saturday] to get better in our third-down period and he did a nice job."
Flowers spent his offseason in East Rutherford, N.J. as he diligently tried to improve his conditioning. Now, with the Giants practicing in full gear, the conditioning has paid dividends.
"[It's] going good. Yeah, I feel it. Every day it gets better out there," Flowers said. "I'm not as tired as I was before, and you get better every year. ... I think it went pretty good. I don't think [fatigue] necessarily was an issue, but I do think that being in the best shape always helps."
The 23-year-old wont admit what his current weight is saying "that's not to be talked about." He was listed at 325 pounds last season, but he says he is "right where I want to be."
Last season, Flowers received a 50.2 grade by Pro Football Focus which ranked 62nd among tackles. He has struggled in pass protection, and as McAdoo mentioned, keeping pass rushers at bay on third down has been Flowers' main weakness.
Flowers has been working on his mechanics to make sure QB Eli Manning has more time in the pocket this season.
"I've been trying to work on hand placement, pass protection," Flowers said. "[Hand speed is] important, too. They're all important, trying to get them to work together. This is the first time we are wearing pads in months, so every day it's getting better and feeling more comfortable."
"I see myself improving every day out here at camp. First I started off a little bit, and now I see me getting a lot better every day."