On opening day of the Giants’ offseason workout program, every player on the roster, except one, volunteered to make his way to the team facility to partake in Pat Shurmur’s unofficial debut as head coach. The notable absence was Ereck Flowers, according to a source, meaning the big offensive lineman is not off to a great start with the new regime.
Flowers was informed this offseason he is no longer the starting left tackle, as the free-agent signing of Nate Solder meant Flowers needed a new position. He is being moved to the right side of the line, given the chance to win the starting right tackle job. There are no guarantees for Flowers, the 2015 first-round (No. 9 overall) draft pick, other than he will compete for a starting spot.
That Flowers was the only player not to make it to the first voluntary session is not a good look, considering his maturity and development are an ongoing concern.
“I thought our attendance was good today,’’ Eli Manning said.
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You can be sure Manning noticed Flowers’ absence, just as you can be sure Shurmur noted it.
“It’s exciting to get back to work,’’ Shurmur said. “It’s obviously great to see the players back in the building.’’
He saw almost all the players back in the building.
“We understand how this is structured here in the offseason, but it’s certainly important,’’ Shurmur said. “In my mind, it’s important for everybody to be around so they can hear it, learn it and then do it together. This is the ultimate team game and we need to work together because it’s important that we are all on the same page as we move toward the fall.’’