Former Giants coach Ben McAdoo criticized offensive lineman Ereck Flowers in an interview with the New York Post's Paul Schwartz, despite defending the former first-round pick as a head coach.
"He can't bend, you got to be able to bend," McAdoo said. "You can run around him on that side just like you can on the other side, Eli [Manning] just gets to see it, which may help Eli. It's not the blind side, it's in his vision, so if he's comfortable with what's going on over on the left side, it can help him move in the pocket a little bit better."
Flowers has been labeled a bust since the GIants drafted him ninth overall in 2015 out of Miami (Fla.). He hasn't been guaranteed a starting spot on New York's new-look offensive line that also features Nate Solder and Will Hernandez, although Flowers will shift from left tackle to right tackle.
New Giants head coach Pat Shurmur promised a "clean slate" to all his players, and that includes Flowers, who was scratched for New York's season finale last year and did not attend voluntary workouts (but did attend minicamp) following the acquisition of Solder.
"I want to prove myself every time I hit the field," Flowers said last month. "I want to get better every year. Mainly I just want to do it for myself. It's not to prove to anybody else. It's to prove to myself I can play at a certain level."
McAdoo continuously expressed confidence in Flowers, even after a rough 2016 season. When McAdoo was head coach, Flowers started each game; he only missed two games in his three-year career, once in 2015 and Week 17 last season.
But McAdoo has since had a change of perspective.