Ereck Flowers had all sorts of problems with defensive end Calais Campbell and the rest of the Jacksonville Jaguars defense on Sunday.
Unfortunately for the Giants and their beleaguered right tackle, it's only going to get worse.
That's because the parade of pass rushers the 24-year-old Flowers will have to face in the coming weeks is frightening. In order, he'll see Dallas' DeMarcus Lawrence, Houston's J.J. Watt, New Orleans' Cameron Jordan, Carolina's Julius Peppers, Philly's Brandon Graham, Atlanta's Vic Beasley and Washington's Ryan Kerrigan.
And that's just the first half of the season. Flowers also has to face Jason Pierre-Paul (Tampa), Brian Orakpo (Tennesee), and Lawrence, Graham and Kerrigan a second time each -- assuming he keeps his job that long. And oh, by the way, if he still is the Giants' right tackle in Week 12 he'll get Chicago's one-man wrecking crew, Khalil Mack.
So yes, the Giants have a problem. Either the 6-6, 334-pound Flowers suddenly shows the vast improvement he hasn't shown much of in his first three seasons, or Eli Manning needs to take out a better life insurance policy. The Giants are facing a scenario where their 37-year-old quarterback will be on the run or under pressure as much as he has been over the last few years.
Assuming Flowers, a former first-round pick, is what he is and any improvement at this stage will be marginal at best, what can the Giants do about it? Unfortunately, not much. Here's a look at some of the Giants' options, such as they are. Just remember, if a player is still available at this point in the season, there's usually a good reason why:
Chad Wheeler (on the roster)
The second-year pro is the only backup tackle on the Giants' roster (which is stunning, really) and he did start five games last season, so he could step in. But don't count on it. Last week, Giants OL coach Hal Hunter said the 6-7, 317-pounder has "got more natural left than he does right". They've been giving him a lot of practice reps at right tackle, Hunter said, to work on his "weakness" and "so he has more confidence." He sounds more like a work-in-progress than a player ready to step in.
Austin Pasztor (free agent)
He was the starting right tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars just four years ago, and the starting right tackle for the Cleveland Browns in 2016 when Hunter was his offensive line coach. The 6-7, 305-pounder, who has played guard and tackle throughout his six NFL seasons, could be the best option available, especially since he's only 27. He barely played with the Falcons last season and was cut at the end of camp.
Austin Howard (free agent)
He has plenty of starting experience at right tackle with the Jets, Raiders and Ravens over his eight-year career (88 starts in all). He's 31 and was terrible for the Colts this summer and was cut at the end of camp. But he's 6-7, 330 pounds and was a starter as recently as last year.
Derek Newton (free agent)
He started 68 games for the Texans between 2012 and 2016, but he suffered a devastating injury in Oct., 2016, when he tore both his patellar tendons on the same play. He hasn't played since and was cut in April, but the Houston Chronicle recently reported he was making "major progress" in his recovery. Might be a longshot, but he's 6-6, 315 and could be worth a flier, even at age 30.
Jeremiah Sirles (free agent)
The 6-6, 315-pounder is more of a guard/center, but he did start some games at right tackle for the Vikings in 2016 where his offensive coordinator was current Giants coach Pat Shurmur. He signed with the Panthers in the offseason, but injured his hamstring in camp and was placed on injured reserve. He got an injury settlement a few days later, so he's now a free agent.