After the New York Giants selected University of Miami offensive tackle Ereck Flowers at No. 9 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, it was expected that he would replace 2014 starter Justin Pugh at right tackle. In this scenario, Pugh would kick inside to right guard and replace 2014 starter John Jerry. In speaking with the media on Saturday, Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo made it clear that Flowers would not just be handed the starting right tackle spot.
“Is Justin Pugh, a guard? That remains to be seen,” Ben McAdoo said, via NJ.com. “Justin Pugh right now is the starting right tackle on the Giants. We’re gonna play our best five and if [Flowers] is one of them, then he’ll have a spot.”
The Giants have admitted in the past that when they are selecting with one of the top several picks in the draft, they are looking for an immediate impact player with their first-round choice. If Flowers impressed during OTAs and training camp, he could force the Giants' hand as one of the five best offensive linemen on the field.
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As long as he is one of the starting five, Pugh doesn't care where he plays on the line. Before the draft, he spoke about the potential position change in 2015.
“I’m loving my time at right tackle,” Pugh said to reporters back in April. “But I don’t mind playing guard. I want to win. I want to go to the playoffs, and that is my priority this year. So wherever that puts me and whatever the best five guys are, that’s OK.”
It will be fun to track this training camp battle.