Landon Collins On WFAN: Ereck Flowers Upset About Nate Solder Signing

Also, Brandon Jacobs Says McAdoo Didn't Have A 'Clue'

Boomer and Gio
May 04, 2018 - 9:28 am
Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) prepares to block Washington Redskins linebacker Preston Smith (94) during the first half at FedEx Field.

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Ereck Flowers has been the lone no-show at the Giants' voluntary offseason program. Now we have an idea why, not that it's all that surprising.

In an interview with WFAN's "Boomer & Gio" on Friday, Giants safety Landon Collins said Flowers is upset that the team signed Nate Solder to replace him at left tackle.

"It's not that he doesn't want to be here," Collins said. "My cousin is really close friends with him. He responded back to my cousin. He's just unhappy that they picked up (Solder)."

The Giants have said they're moving Flowers to right tackle, but there has been trade talk since he failed to show up for offseason workouts.

Collins said he has texted Flowers but hasn't received a response from the former first-round pick.

From left, Landon Collins, Boomer Esiason, Gregg Giannotti and Brandon Jacobs
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"Ereck is my boy, man, and at the same time, he has a lot to learn ... and he has to work harder," Collins said. "And that's all I would have to say to him. He came in last year. He thought he did what he needed to do. He lost weight, he was in the proper shape, he thought he was playing good in the first couple of games, and just kind of went downhill when the season went downhill (for the team). So now he's just continued getting criticism from Day 1. And after being a first-round draft pick, you don't want to be called a bust. 

"Definitely, I would say he needs to be here, as a teammate and as a captain, because we need him here. Need to get the line together so they can be on the same page because we've got a quarterback and we've got a running back and we've got these talented receivers. We've got to run with this."

JACOBS HARD ON McADOO

Former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, who accompanied Collins in studio to promote a softball game to benefit the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, didn't pull any punches when discussing ex-coach Ben McAdoo.

Jacobs said McAdoo even asked him for pointers during last year's nightmarish 3-13 season.

"I knew that guy had no clue what was going on when he asked me: 'You got any advice? What should I do?'" Jacobs said. "I said: 'I don't know. I coach kids. I can't tell you what to do.'"

Jacobs said McAdoo also asked him: "Why is it happening this way? Do you ever remember anything of this nature happening like this?" 

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"I'm like, 'Mmm, nah, we kind of stuck together, and our caoches never threw us under the bus,'" Jacobs said.

Jacobs added he was "mad" when McAdoo benched his former teammate, Eli Manning, last season.

To listen to the interview, click on the audio player above.

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