Ereck Flowers’ minicamp absence draws Gettleman’s ire

The Giants this week were on the field for a three-day voluntary minicamp. They also are adding players and improving their team in the NFL draft. Meanwhile, Ereck Flowers remains home in Miami, staying away from the team that made him a first-round pick in 2015 and continued to start him at left tackle, despite his shaky play.

How much longer Flower remains on the roster remains to be seen. The Giants are open for business if any team wants to trade for him, fully realizing they will not get much in return.

“He’s in Miami, and we’re here,” general manager Dave Gettleman said Friday night, not hiding his irritation. “He decided not to come. He’s an adult. He has the ability to make decisions on his own. This is a voluntary program, and he decided to stay in Miami. If you want to know why he’s not here, call him.”

Flowers turned 24 last Wednesday and celebrated his birthday apart from his team. He was informed this offseason that he is no longer a left tackle, as the free-agent signing of Nate Solder filled that spot on the starting offensive line.

Flowers was informed by head coach Pat Shurmur in a phone conversation he is being moved to the right side and will compete for the starting job at right tackle. Flowers responded to that news by staying away, raising speculation he is attempting to force his way out.

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