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Flowers' college position coach thinks he can fill in for injured Beatty
|by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer|
|(5/22/15) Things are moving really fast for Giants offensive lineman Ereck Flowers. The eighth overall pick in the draft, because of an injury to Will Beatty, might have inherited a huge workload this season, per nj.com.
Art Kehoe, Flowers' offensive line coach at the University of Miami, thinks Flowers will be up to the task of protecting quarterback Eli Manning.
"I'm sure he raised his level up a notch or two, but I think he plays every week, I think he plays hard in practice," Kehoe said. "He's an unproven commodity at the next level, and he's a high draft pick, [the Giants] drafted him to be a fixer, so I'm sure he's going in there to do what he did in Miami — scrap his ass off every day in practice, and if you're supposed to be a badass the next weekend [against] your opponent, he's gonna be there and he's gonna bring everything he's got. That's what he does. He wants to know that there's a dude, and he has to take care of him, and he'll be up to the challenge.
Giants' 2013 first-round pick, Justin Pugh is also a top candidate to fill in for the injured Beatty.
Giants LT Will Beatty injures pectoral while lifting weights
|by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer|
|(5/20/15) The Giants offensive line suffered a big blow when left tackle Will Beatty apparently injured his pectoral muscle while lifting weights, per Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo.
According to the report, Beatty was being evaluated Wednesday, and per ESPN sources, Beatty's pec was torn, which would require a surgery that will keep him out of action for 5-to-6 months.
In Beatty's absence from the lineup, the Giants have a couple of candidates in Justin Pugh and first-round draft pick Ereck Flowers to fill the void.
Giants say Justin Pugh will stay at RT, Ereck Flowers to LT
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(5/9/15) The Giants drafted Miami tackle Ereck Flowers in the first round, leading to speculation that he would take over from Justin Pugh at right tackle, with Pugh moving inside to guard.
On Saturday, offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo denied that Pugh would be moving. "As of right now, Justin Pugh is the starting right tackle on the New York Giants," McAdoo said, per the Daily News.
The plan for Flowers, the ninth overall pick, is a move to the other side. "We believe that he has the skill set to play left tackle," McAdoo said.
Giants OL Justin Pugh: I'll be the starting RT next year
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(12/29/14) Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh indicated he'll be the starting right tackle for New York next season, per Newsday. Pugh started all 14 games he played this season. He is due to earn $1,163,718 next season.
"I talked to coach and I’m the right tackle for the New York Giants," Pugh said.
Giants' Justin Pugh hopeful for return in Week 14 against Titans
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(12/4/14) Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh told reporters Wednesday he was very close to a return in Week 13 against the Jaguars, but was held out as a precautionary measure.
“We didn’t want it to re-aggravate and me end up coming out, leaving someone that hadn’t prepared at that spot go in after me,’’ Pugh said. “I didn’t want to hurt the team and go out there and do that.’’
Pugh practiced full Wednesday and said to reporters he is ready to return. The Giants take on the Titans in Week 14.