The New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals met for their first of two joint practices on Tuesday, and rookie left tackle Ereck Flowers was thrown right into the fire. He served as the team's first team left tackle, and he made an excellent impression on beat writers and quarterback Eli Manning.
"I have to watch the film but he seemed to be good," Manning told reporters when asked specifically about Flowers' play, per Big Blue Interactive. "We did some cadence stuff, changed some plays, and he did a good job, I think, understanding what was going on, and understanding the looks and what his assignments were. It seemed like he had a good day."
Manning doesn't have any kind of magic remedy for how he can help move Flowers along, but he did confirm that the best route is to provide the rookie with as many repetitions in as many different situations as possible.
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"I think you just throw everything at him. We'll look at the film today and if there were mistakes we'll make the corrections. We'll get on the same page. I have to continue to communicate and look at the film and see how we can do a better job just being quicker, making all of our calls, and getting up there and getting the ball snapped."
Flowers returned from a hip pointer earlier this week, and the rookie ended up missing only one day of practice. The Giants are counting on big things out of the rookie, especially when you consider the uncertainty on the right side of the offensive line.
If Flowers can build continuity with Manning and left guard Justin Pugh, the Giants can shift their focus to patching up the right side of the line. Currently, right guard Geoff Schwartz is on the shelf with an ankle injury and right tackle Marshall Newhouse has struggled to establish himself throughout camp.
(h/t Big Blue Interactive)