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Giants has released former first-round pick Ereck Flowers

Ereck Flowers, Giants

After not being able to find a trade partner the New York Giants have played 2015 first round pick Ereck Flowers on waivers, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The Giants had hoped to find a trade partner, but that was always unlikely because they would have been responsible for the $1.69 million he was owed the rest of the season. Giants coach Pat Shurmur said on Monday that sometimes a change of senary is best for both parties and that the team wished him nothing but the best moving forward.

“I think it’s just kind of run its course,” coach Pat Shurmur said Monday via ESPN. “We appreciate Ereck’s efforts, and we just wish him the best. Sometimes a change of scenery is good for a person, and we’re just hopeful he can go out and continue to have a good career.”

Flowers had started the first two games of the season but struggled and was benched in favor of Chad Wheeler in week three.

After being drafted with the 9th pick out of Miami the expectations were high, and he was never able to live up to those in New York. At the time people were confused why the Giants took him with a pick that high, and as time went on the doubters seemed to become more vocal.

Hopefully, a fresh start will be good with Flowers, and maybe without all the expectations, he will be able to improve. He is only 24 years old, and there is still some time to figure it out so he can go on and have a nice NFL career.