PHOENIX - It's looking more and more every day like the embattled Ereck Flowers will keep his job as the Giants' left tackle. And if he does, it sounds like he's got Ben McAdoo's support.
"I think one of the best games Ereck played all year was the playoff game, the last game of the season," McAdoo said on Tuesday at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, site of the NFL Owners Meetings. "He's working hard on his technique. I'm pretty confident that he's working pretty hard right now at being a better player, putting a lot of time and energy in to it. You get to see his face a lot. He's in and out of the building a lot. I know he loves the game and I have confidence in Ereck."
McAdoo's endorsement was undoubtedly sincere, after what was a very rough sophomore season for the 22-year-old Flowers. But it also was out of necessity, since it doesn't appear that the Giants have any other viable options beyond their former first-round pick. Giants GM Jerry Reese had indicated after last season that they'd explore the idea of moving Flowers to another position. But so far they haven't brought another left tackle in to compete.
Yes, they could still add a tackle in the draft next month - possibly even in one of the early rounds. But for now, even with the Giants' offensive line lineup somewhat in flux, Flowers' position seems as solid as any other. In fact, when McAdoo mentioned the three positions he thought newly signed D.J. Fluker could play, he mentioned the two guard spots and right tackle. He did not mention the possibility of Fluker replacing Flowers on the left.
"Again, it's still early in the process," McAdoo said. "But I have a lot of confidence in Ereck."
So if Flowers is set on the left, what does the rest of the Giants' offensive line look like? Other than Weston Richburg, nothing is clear. Fluker had said he thought he was brought in to play right guard, but that was before the Giants re-signed right guard John Jerry. When McAdoo said Fluker could compete at either guard spot, it opened up the possibility the Giants would move left guard Justin Pugh back to his former spot at right tackle (Asked about moving Pugh, McAdoo said "It's too early to say.")
Of course, it's also possible that Pugh could end up at left tackle, with Flowers moving to the right side, so all options are open at the moment - at least until the Giants first show their hand when the organized team activities (OTAs) start this spring.