Newest Giants offensive lineman ready to get to work.
Offensive lineman D.J. Fluker said the New York Giants made him feel at home and that he was looking forward to contributing where ever he was needed to help the team win.
The 26-year-old Fluker, speaking with Brad Hopkins and Bill Lekas of SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Opening Drive with Brad Hopkins and Bill Lekas Wednesday, said he knows what’s at stake for him personally, and that he’s ready to embrace that challenge while at the same time helping the Giants build on last season’s 11-5 record.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for me to prove myself and I think that’s what I need,” he said of getting just a one-year deal with the Giants. “It gives me every opportunity. I’m very blessed and thankful for it.”
Fluker, drafted 11th overall by the Chargers in 2013, struggled for them at both tackle and guard. He was released by the Chargers last week, and while he didn’t say just how much interest there was in him around the league, he did say the Giants made him feel at home.
“Being able to come in and actually have a conversation with them and being able to talk to them and being able to feel the home,” he said when asked what it was about the Giants that drew him in. “Meeting the staff members–they made me feel right at home.
“They have a winning tradition and that means a lot to me because I work my tail off so I want to be a part of a team that actually wants to work, that actually wants to be good and win games. I’m all for that.”
Fluker, who said he received a welcome text from quarterback Eli Manning Tuesday night, revealed that the preliminary plan is for him to compete at right guard, but added that he’d be open to playing anywhere he was needed.
“I came in for right guard but anything can happen,” he said.
For now, Fluker, who said he’s been working out ahead of the start of the Giants offseason conditioning program that begins April 18, said one of his biggest adjustments will be finding a place to live in the New York metropolitan area and becoming acclimated to a cold weather environment.
“That’s where you start first,” he said when asked about the acclimation process. “Just the whole climate, getting warmer clothes I think that will be my main thing.”