Offensive tackle Ereck Flowers, the Giants first-round pick in 2015 and ninth pick overall in the draft, met with the media for the first time this offseason to talk about his past and his future at right tackle.
Still a man of very few words, Flowers admitted that he was indeed hurt when the team signed free agent Nate Solder to take the left tackle job.
However, Flowers, who took advantage of the clean slate given to him by Shurmur and Dave Gettleman, understands that this year he has to prove himself to the new coaching staff.
“Mainly, I just want to do it for myself. It’s not for anybody else,” he said. “I want to prove to myself I can play at a certain level.”
While Flowers admitted that he was hurt by the arrival of Solder and by the team’s decision to not exercise the option year of his rookie deal, he understands that it’s a business decision.
“At the end of the day, they’ve got to do what’s best for their organization,” he said. “I don’t have any personal feelings about it.
He also shrugged off questions about nearly being traded over the draft weekend.
“Any player can get traded. I didn’t get traded. I’m still here. I haven’t even thought about it,” he said. “I’ve still got to go out there and do my job. “It’s great, but I have to focus on doing what I have to do.”
Despite the pressure to prove to the NFL world that he’s a viable offensive tackle, Flowers is trying to avoid putting too much of a burden on himself.
“I don’t think of it as higher,” Flowers said of the pressure. “I’m not trying to over-pressure myself. Every player has the pressure they want to perform at a certain level. That’s the only kind of pressure you see. I just want to go out there and leave what I’ve got on the field, play the best I can play.”