Jaguars sign former Giants OT Ereck Flowers
The New York Giants recently made the decision to part ways with former first-round offensive tackle Ereck Flowers after four seasons with the team.
It hasn’t taken long for him to find the next stop in his career as the Jacksonville Jaguars have made the decision to sign him for the rest of the 2018 season, according to Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network.
The #Jaguars are expected to sign OT Ereck Flowers, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 12, 2018
The Jaguars made their decision official with a post on their own Twitter account.
We have signed OL Ereck Flowers to the 53-man active roster.
To make room on the roster, we placed OL Josh Wells on our reserve/injured list. pic.twitter.com/Hb1tA8UiUn
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) October 12, 2018
The decision to bring him aboard is in direct response to left tackle Josh Wells being put on the injured reserve due to suffering a groin injury. He will be able to return in eight weeks if he’s able to show that he has healed fully from the injury later this season. Wells had been the starter in place of Cam Robinson for the last three games after he suffered a torn ACL.
Flowers had spent the first four years in the league with the Giants where the team had high hopes that he could develop into a cornerstone on the offense that the franchise can build around for the next decade. Instead, he struggled to play with any consistency and became a liability on the offensive line that led being let go in the final year of his four-year rookie deal. Throughout this stretch, he had seen a move to right tackle while he was benched with Chad Wheeler taking his spot.
However, this new situation is an opportunity for him to reboot his career with a fresh start in Jacksonville. Flowers is in the physical prime of his career that could lead to a potential long-term spot with the Jaguars beyond this year if he performs well enough. If anything, this provides more depth on the offensive line for Jacksonville to lean on over the next several weeks until Wells returns to the fold later in the regular season.