Ereck Flowers doesn’t like how his time with the Giants went either.
But Flowers — the much-maligned offensive lineman who was released in October 2018 after three-plus disastrous seasons — says he is still puzzled by how he was perceived in New York.
“If you read about me, you’d swear I was this villain,” Flowers told NJ.com. “A lot of people don’t know me, so maybe some people have some built-up opinion about me.”
The 25-year-old Flowers is now with his third team (the Redskins) and playing at his third position (left guard), where he is expected to start in Washington’s season opener Sunday against the Eagles.
“I didn’t have anger,” he said of the Giants releasing him. “I just wanted a fresh start. For me, football has been more enjoyable here. I’m just trying to refine my game, get rid of bad habits, and create some good ones, especially at a new position.”
The Giants drafted Flowers at No. 9 overall in 2015 with hopes that he could be a franchise building block at left tackle. He went on to give up 169 total pressures since 2015 – the most of any tackle in the NFL during that time – bounced between the tackle spots and struggled with penalties. There was also an incident in which he shoved an ESPN reporter after a loss in 2016.
Three days after Flowers was released last season, Tom Coughlin’s Jaguars signed him and made him the starting left tackle in Week 11. Flowers went on to start the rest of the season.
Now, he says his time with the Giants “just taught me valuable lessons, not to focus on what somebody else is saying about you. Sometimes, you’ve got to look at who is saying it.”
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