Giants hoping Flowers can continue his year-over-year improvement

Tackle is a weak spot on the Giants offense. PFF premium stats show why they might want to target draft help, and what advancement Ereck Flowers could make.

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Giants hoping Flowers can continue his year-over-year improvement

  • New York Giants tackles Ereck Flowers (48.4) and Bobby Hart (41.0) were two of PFF’s lowest-ranked starting tackles in 2016 and are the only two experienced players at the position on the Giants current roster. This likely points to the Giants counting on continued improvement from the duo along with adding competition through the draft.
  • Flowers showed incremental improvement in 2016, raising his overall grade from 32.5 to 48.4.
  • Could Flowers’ progress mirror that of fellow early pick, Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher? Fisher saw his biggest jump from years two to three.
  • Both were thrust into starting roles from day one and struggled in the unforgiveable world of NFL pass protection.
  • While hardly justifying the No. 1 overall pick, Fisher was PFF’s 34th-ranked OT in 2016 with a grade of 76.7 (considered average), highlighting his progress from bottom rung to league average.
  • Considering the Giants’ quick strike offense and Eli Manning’s quick release (2.39 seconds), the value of an offensive tackle may be diminished in the Giants’ scheme.

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  • crosseyedlemon

    The problem with comparing Flowers and Fisher is that Ereck has to deal with the NY media which is by far the toughest to cope with if you under perform. If his confidence hasn’t already been destroyed he might be able to prove the naysayers wrong but he will have to come out of training camp hitting on all cylinders to make that happen.

    • Jack

      Fisher was also the #1 overall pick so there was plenty of pressure to perform on him. Hopefully Flowers can also overcome this and continue to progress while protecting Manning’s blindside.