Newly-signed New York Giants left tackle Nate Solder had some kind words for Ereck Flowers after their first OTA of the offseason.
“I have to praise him. I don’t know how I would have handled the situation,” the former Patriots lineman said. “Being here, working hard, learning the plays, being around the guys, it’s showed a lot about his character, humility and his willingness to do whatever it takes.”
Nate Solder to me on Ereck Flowers: "I have to praise him. I don’t know how I would have handled the situation…Being here, working hard, learning the plays, being around the guys, it’s showed a lot about his character, humility & his willingness to do whatever it takes. #NYG
— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) May 21, 2018
Solder and Flowers, of course, have been in an awkward position this offseason. The Giants signed Solder to a $62 million deal in March, then announced that Flowers would compete for a job at right tackle.
Things could have been contentious between the pair, but so far, so good.
The two players were seen working together after practice as well, going through various offensive line drills. It’s definitely a weird situation for the two of them, so it’s nice for players, coaches and fans to see them working together.
Still, Flowers has raised some eyebrows this offseason with his actions off the field.
Speculation about his future with Big Blue only increased after a report surfaced that the Giants tried, unsuccessfully, to trade him at the 2018 NFL Draft.
However, with his attendance at OTA’s, Flowers seems ready to go. Whether he’ll be successful in landing the starting spot at right tackle remains to be seen, but the former first-round pick is just about out of chances to prove he belongs with the Giants.