Shurmur: Collins shouldn’t talk about Flowers situation
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur thinks Landon Collins should just speak for himself.
The Giants safety recently made headlines with radio comments that teammate Ereck Flowers was “unhappy” the team signed Patriots left tackle Nate Solder. The move effectively flipped Flowers to right tackle.
“That’s not for Landon to talk about,” Shurmur said Saturday at the rookie minicamp. “I think the important thing is, let’s let Ereck talk for Ereck when he gets here, and we’ll worry about that later. But really, I don’t think our players should be talking about another player’s situation.”
Flowers has been the starting left tackle the past three seasons after the Giants took him with the ninth pick overall in the 2014 draft. The Giants recently declined to pick up the fifth-year option of Flowers’ contract for $12.5 million in 2019.
First-year general manager Dave Gettleman signed Solder in March. Flowers hasn’t shown up to the team’s voluntary workouts this spring.
But Shurmur said he’s been in touch with Flowers.
“It’s our understanding that he’s in good shape,” Shurmur said. “I can’t wait for him to be here. I’ve mentioned it in the past, there were some things that he did last year that were really good, and I look forward to him getting here at some point and working with him.”
After wrapping up rookie minicamp this weekend, the Giants will take the field as a full team for the first time at OTAs on May 21-22. They have mandatory minicamp June 12-14.
“We’ll see when he gets here,” Shurmur said. “We’ll talk about it then. We’re communicating with him. There’s been times when Odell (Beckham Jr.) hasn’t been here and we’ve communicated with him, so we’re looking forward to him being here. We feel like we’re a better team with him here than without him.”
NOTES: R.J. McIntosh has been a spectator for the on-field portion of rookie minicamp. The fifth-round selection out of Miami says he’s being treated for a minor medical condition he didn’t want to discuss. He says he expects to be back on the field for minicamp in June.