Redskins’ Ereck Flowers to begin camp as starting left guard
Ereck Flowers flamed out as an offensive tackle in New York, so why not try him at guard? According to a report from the Washington Post, that’s exactly what the Redskins plan to do.
“Oh, yeah, I think so,” Redskins assistant head coach Bill Callahan, who directs the offensive line, said during minicamp when asked whether he planned to open training camp with Flowers as the starting left guard. “I see a lot of potential when we’ve moved tackles inside.”
After being selected No. 9 overall in 2015, Flowers struggled mightily as a left tackle with the New York Giants, grading out as one of the worst blockers in the entire league. Big Blue tried to move him to right tackle last year before eventually giving up and cutting him after five games and just two starts.
He also had a stint with the Jaguars, though it produced similar results.
Callahan was a proponent of the signing. It’s not always easy to find 6-foot-6 offensive linemen with the strength and quickness that Flowers has. Callahan imagined Flowers transitioning well to left guard — a position the Redskins have struggled to fill.
The challenge, he said, will be getting Flowers adjusted to the faster pace at which guards often play. Since they have a smaller area to protect, the rush comes at them faster than it does for tackles, who have more time to set their feet before the outside rush gets to them.
Callahan thinks Flowers will be ready for the challenge, though.