Ereck Flowers
Flowers with the Washington Redskins in 2019
No. 79 – Washington Football Team
Position:Offensive guard
Personal information
Born: (1994-04-25) April 25, 1994 (age 27)
Miami, Florida
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:343 lb (156 kg)
Career information
High school:Miami Norland (Miami Gardens, Florida)
College:Miami
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-ACC (2014)
Career NFL statistics as of 2020
Games played:89
Games started:85
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Ereck Flowers (born April 25, 1994) is an American football offensive guard for the Washington Football Team of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Miami and was drafted ninth overall by the New York Giants in the 2015 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins. He began his career as an offensive tackle prior to switching to guard in 2019.

Early years

A native of Miami, Flowers originally attended Krop High School in the Ives Estates, where he was a basketball standout and did not focus on football until his junior year.[1] For his senior year, he transferred to Norland High School in Miami Gardens,[2] where he joined a talented varsity that featured blue chip running back Duke Johnson. Flowers helped the Vikings to a 15–0 season record and a FHSAA Class 5A championship over Crawfordville Wakulla.[3]

Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Flowers was ranked as the 20th-best offensive tackle in his class.[4] ESPN labelled him a three-star recruit and ranked him 57th in his position.[5] He chose Miami (FL) over offers from Purdue, Florida State, and Central Florida.

College career

As a true freshman at the University of Miami in 2012, Flowers played in all 12 games at right tackle, making four starts.[6][7] As a sophomore in 2013, he started all 12 games at left tackle.[8] He returned as the starting left tackle in 2014. On December 29, 2014, Flowers announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.[9]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 6+14 in
(1.99 m)
329 lb
(149 kg)
34+12 in
(0.88 m)
9+78 in
(0.25 m)
5.31 s 1.78 s 3.13 s 27 in
(0.69 m)
8 ft 5 in
(2.57 m)
37 reps
All values from NFL Combine

New York Giants

On April 30, 2015, Flowers was selected with the ninth overall pick by the New York Giants in the 2015 NFL Draft.[10] He was the highest selected Miami Hurricanes offensive lineman since Bryant McKinnie in 2002. On June 18, 2015, Flowers signed a 4-year $14.3 million contract with the Giants. He was named the Giants starting left tackle for Week 1 and played in 15 games in his rookie season.

Although he wore number 76 jersey throughout his entire rookie season, Flowers decided to switch to his college number 74 during the spring of 2016 after it was left available with the departure of teammate Geoff Schwartz.

Flowers has been criticized for not living up to expectations through his 3rd year in the league. Since 2015 he gave up 169 total pressures which is the most of any tackle in the NFL during that time.[11] Those stats and his numerous penalties have caused Pro Football Focus to rate him as the 54th best tackle in the NFL.[12] In 2018, former offensive line teammate and NFL analyst Geoff Schwartz accused Flowers of "quitting" on the team, of missing multiple blocks, and of having poor technique.[13][14]

On May 2, 2018, the Giants declined the fifth-year option on Flower's contract, making him a free agent in 2019.[15] He was moved over to right tackle after the Giants signed veteran Nate Solder to be their left tackle. On September 23, 2018, the Giants decided to bench Flowers in favor of Chad Wheeler at right tackle after his continued struggles.[16] On October 8, 2018, the Giants announced plans to release Flowers if a trade with a team couldn't be worked out. The next day, Flowers was officially released by the Giants.[17]

Jacksonville Jaguars

On October 12, 2018, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Flowers to a one-year contract after Josh Wells was placed on injured reserve.[18] He was named the starting left tackle in Week 11, and started there the rest of the season.

Washington Redskins

Flowers in a game against the San Francisco 49ers
Flowers in a game against the San Francisco 49ers

On March 18, 2019, Flowers signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Washington Redskins.[19] He transitioned to offensive guard during the team's training camp, where he started all season at left guard.[20]

Miami Dolphins

On March 20, 2020, Flowers signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Miami Dolphins.[21][22][23] He was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list by the team on August 2, 2020 before being activated on August 15.[24]

Washington Football Team

On April 28, 2021, Flowers was traded to the Washington Football Team in exchange for a swap of 2021 seventh round picks from both teams.[25][26]

References

  1. ^ "Fisch not scared to start Flowers at right tackle 'or any freshman who deserves' it". Miami Herald. August 10, 2012.
  2. ^ Herald, Miami. "HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Ereck Flowers - High School Sports Blog". miamiherald.typepad.com.
  3. ^ "Miami Norland captures 5A state football title over Crawfordville Wakulla". Orlando Sentinel. December 16, 2011.
  4. ^ "Rivals.com offensive tackles 2012".
  5. ^ "Ereck Flowers Recruiting Profile". ESPN.
  6. ^ Sentinel, Michael Casagrande, Sun. "Hurricanes' shy lineman Ereck Flowers is 'a beast' on field". Sun-Sentinel.com.
  7. ^ "Freshman offensive tackle Ereck Flowers could supplant Seantrel Henderson in University of Miami starting lineup".
  8. ^ Sentinel, Christy Cabrera Chirinos, Sun. "Feliciano, Flowers hoping to help Miami's offensive line". Sun-Sentinel.com.
  9. ^ "Miami OT Ereck Flowers says he's entering the 2015 NFL Draft". NFL.com.
  10. ^ Eisen, Michael. "Flowers drafted by Giants 9th overall in 2015 NFL Draft". Giants.com. New York Giants Official Website. Archived from the original on October 6, 2017. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  11. ^ Traina, Patricia. "Giants Coach Pat Shurmur Encouraged By Ereck Flowers' Effort So Far". Forbes.
  12. ^ "What would LT Ereck Flowers be worth in a trade? Giants' decision on contract option looms". NJ.com. February 15, 2018.
  13. ^ "Ex-Giant Geoff Schwartz rips film of Ereck Flowers: 'He might be drunk'". Giants Wire. USA Today. April 17, 2018.
  14. ^ "Ex-Giant Geoff Schwartz slams Ereck Flowers for effort on tape". 247Sports.com. April 17, 2018.
  15. ^ Gantt, Darin (May 2, 2018). "Giants won't pick up Ereck Flowers' option". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com.
  16. ^ Knoblauch, Austin (September 23, 2018). "Giants benching Ereck Flowers for Chad Wheeler". NFL.com. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  17. ^ Eisen, Michael (October 9, 2018). "Giants waive Tackle Ereck Flowers". Giants.com. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  18. ^ Oehser, John (October 12, 2018). "Official: Jaguars sign LT Ereck Flowers". Jaguars.com. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  19. ^ "Redskins Sign Offensive Lineman Ereck Flowers". Redskins.com. March 18, 2019. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  20. ^ Kerr, Jeff (August 5, 2019). "Jay Gruden on Ereck Flowers' transition to left guard for Redskins: 'It's going to be a process'". CBSSports.com. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  21. ^ Stackpole, Kyle. "Reports: Ereck Flowers Signs With The Miami Dolphins". Redskins.com. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  22. ^ Dunleavy, Ryan. "Ereck Flowers went from Giants bust to $30 million free agency darling". New York Post. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  23. ^ Poupart, Alain (March 20, 2020). "2020 Free Agency Class Coming Into Focus". MiamiDolphins.com. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  24. ^ Deen, Safid. "Dolphins activate OL Ereck Flowers after stint on reserve/COVID-19 list; add Auburn standout". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  25. ^ Washington Football Team Public Relations (April 28, 2021). "Washington Acquires G Ereck Flowers Sr". WashingtonFootballTeam.com. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
  26. ^ Wolfe, Cameron (April 27, 2021). "Miami Dolphins trade OG Ereck Flowers back to Washington Football Team, sources say". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 28, 2021.