Giants has released former first-round pick Ereck Flowers

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The Giants plan on releasing offensive tackle Ereck Flowers by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday if they can not find a team willing to trade for him, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Shurmur confirmed that by saying Flowers "was not out there today" for the team's walkthrough on a short week for Thursday night's game against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles (2-3). "Even these last weeks, when you're told someone else is playing, he's done everything we've asked him to do".

But the 6-6, 334-pounder never developed the proper technique to consistently protect Eli Manning, hampering the Giant offense.

After the shift, he earned second-team All-ACC honors in 2014 and was subsequently chosen by the Giants with the ninth overall pick in the ensuing draft. The Miami product was moved from left to right tackle this season after free agent Nate Solder was signed.

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NY is working to trade the 24-year-old offensive tackle, according to a report from ESPN, which cites an unidentified league source. However, after starting in 46 of a possible 48 games over his first three seasons, Flowers saw his play time fall this year.

His run blocking, though better than his play in pass protection, didn't save Flowers from criticism, either. Heading into Week 3, Shurmur chose to bench Flowers and give his job to Chad Wheeler, who originally signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent past year.

Tackle Brian Mihalik was signed off the practice squad in a corresponding move. Obviously there are things I want to improve this week.

The Giants like Wheeler a lot, though. In Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers, he played just five snaps, all on special teams, in a 33-31 defeat.

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