When the Giants cut former first-round T Ereck Flowers last week, fans weren't at all surprised by the move.
Well, neither was Flowers.
"I expected [the release], it wasn't a shock to me," Flowers told Jacksonville.com. "I actually was looking forward to another opportunity. To go from that situation to getting a chance to play here and [possibly] get into the playoffs, that would be 100 percent perfect. That would be like 'wow.' "
The 24-year-old was a bust for the Giants after former GM Jerry Reese selected him ninth overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. After tumultuous seasons on Eli Manning's blindside, Flowers was shifted over to right tackle with Nate Solder coming on board this season. That transition didn't go as planned, with head coach Pat Shurmur benching him in Week 3 for Chad Wheeler.
Three days after the Giants sent him packing, former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin -- who serves as the Jaguars' executive vice president of football operations -- signed Flowers to a one-year deal. He is looking forward to putting his Giants years behind him, and starting anew.
"Great opportunities, great team and I'm happy to be here," Flowers said. "Definitely a fresh start for me. I like it here, man. I think this will be a better fit. They have a great locker room, great guys. I'm grateful to be here."
Flowers was on the sideline, not dressed when the Cowboys thrashed the Jags 40-7 this past Sunday. However, this week, he could be protecting Blake Bortles on the line. Head coach Doug Marrone said anyone can play if they can help the team immediately.
"Make no mistake about it, if we feel someone can help us or making a change is better for us, then we will do that," Marrone said. "That is everywhere. It is hard when the whole team is not playing well."
Whether or not Flowers will turn things around down south remains to be seen, but Coughlin is willing to give him his second chance.