The Jacksonville Jaguars signed veteran offensive tackle Ereck Flowers last week, a move that kind of showed the desperation level the team is at after seeing both Cam Robinson and Josh Wells hit injured reserve. Flowers was originally a first round draft pick of the New York Giants, trying to start at both left and right tackle but neither ended up well.
Flowers is hopeful a change of scenery and getting back with the offensive line coach who was with him as a rookie will help get his career on track.
“Great opportunities, great team and I’m happy to be here,” Flowers told John Reid of The Florida Times-Union. “Definitely a fresh start for me. I like it here, man. I think this will be a better fit. They have a great locker room, great guys. I’m grateful to be here.”
The Jaguars saw Flowers in action Week 1 when they beat the New York Giants 20-15, and he had his hands full all day, beginning with veteran defensive end Calais Campbell and continuing with everyone else who came off the bench.
“The thing about playing against them [Jaguars], there was no drop off,” Flowers told Reid. “It was like everybody was good on the defensive front Everyone had to hold their own. But they brought a lot of energy and you could tell they were really a tight group.”
We don’t know what the plan is right now for Flowers, if he will be active or even start at left tackle against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Josh Walker, a guard, has done a serviceable job in relief at left tackle but he has yet to really face a pass rusher like the trio the Jaguars will face on Sunday in JJ Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus.
I don’t expect much out of Flowers, to be perfectly honest, but the hope is a change of scenery can help him get this right.