Al Bello/Getty ImagesThe New York Giants will decline the fifth-year option for offensive lineman Ereck Flowers Anthony Miller Bears Jersey , according to聽Mike Garafolo of NFL.com.聽As Kevin Patra of NFL.com added, the move comes "as little surprise" and "would have cost New York $12.5 million to pick up."Flowers,聽24, had his struggles playing at left tackle in the first three years of his career for the Giants, starting 46 games at the position. In 2017,聽Pro Football Focus聽gave him a grade of 51.5, 54th among all tackles in the NFL.Once the Giants signed left tackle Nate Solder in free agency, Flowers was told his time protecting Eli Manning's blind side was done and that he would be given a chance to win a job on the right side."As soon as we announced the signing of Nate, [coach] Pat [Shurmur] spoke with Ereck Nick Chubb Jersey ," general manager Dave Gettleman said in March, per聽Jordan Raanan聽of ESPN.com. "He called him on the phone to talk to him and said, 'Listen, we're going to move you to right, and at the end of the day, the five best offensive linemen play.' That's where they left it, and Ereck was fine on the phone."Kimberly Jones @KimJonesSports#NYG GM Dave Gettleman told me today that Eli Manning and a lot of folks at NYG "will sleep better at night" knowing Nate Solder is LT. Also complimented Ereck Flowers' toughness, saying he played thru high ankle sprain, and believes he can transition to RT.It isn't surprising the Giants declined his option Harold Landry Jersey , as it remains to be seen if he can help them at the right tackle position going forward. They still believe in his upside, however."He's a big, strong, powerful kid, and it's just a matter of getting used to playing over there,"聽Gettleman said in March.Of course, it's not as though playing on the right side of the offensive line will be a cakewalk:Sam Monson @PFF_SamSo Ereck Flowers moves to the right side because he can't handle LT.All he has to face that side in 2018 is:DeMarcus Lawrence x2Ryan Kerrigan X2Brandon Graham X2Whitney MercilusVic BeasleyCam Jordan.This can only go well.H/t @PFF_BenTurning his potential into production has been an issue in his career. As Raanan noted, Flowers "has consistently struggled with his technique and footwork" and the concerns extended to the locker room, as he "and former right tackle聽Bobby Hart聽were outcasts in the Giants' offensive line room the past few seasons."With a new staff in place and a new position to learn Derrius Guice Jersey , perhaps Flowers will thrive given a fresh start. The Giants aren't willing to bet on it just yet, however. It took all 1,230 regular-season games to decide which 16 teams were going to the NBA playoffs.
Same goes for picking the 36 playoff-bound referees.
The NBA on Friday revealed the officials selected to work the opening round of the playoffs that start this weekend. The league got there with a process including everything from a study of analytics, ratings filed by teams and coaches, the assessments of retired veteran referees and much more.
”It’s definitely a different world to be a part of those who are doing the deciding, instead of those that are being decided upon,” said longtime referee Monty McCutchen, who left the floor this season to become an NBA vice president. ”And there’s a certain growth pattern for me in that regard, having to learn new skill sets and new ways of sort of approaching it.”
The five active officials with the most playoff experience are all headed back to the postseason this year: Ron Garretson Donte Jackson Panthers Jersey , Ken Mauer, Mike Callahan, Derrick Stafford and Scott Foster have combined to work nearly 1,000 playoff games.
There are three first-time referees selected in Kevin Cutler, Karl Lane and Kevin Scott. If form for rookie playoff refs holds, they’ll do no more than a handful of games.
”Like in most professions you’re given what you can handle at the time – well, you’re not given it, you’ve earned this opportunity that we want you to experience,” McCutchen said. ”I think it is important to point out someone getting in their first year not going to be working 14 of our playoff games. There’s a developmental stage here that they have shown an excellence that warrants them being a part of this.”
Most of the 12 referees who worked last season’s NBA Finals are back in this year’s playoffs A.J. Green Jersey , the exceptions being McCutchen and Danny Crawford, both of whom have retired from officiating.
Courtney Kirkland, who was taken off the floor for a week this season after an incident with Golden State’s Shaun Livingston , was selected for the postseason ref roster.
”Are they exhibiting the proper amounts of courage and strength without arrogance? Are they showing humility without weakness? Are they showing the proper amount of resoluteness and firmness to withstand crowd pressure?” McCutchen said, listing some of the things that he and others consider when deciding who gets the playoff call. ”Those are important aspects to being an effective referee.”
The NBA has been stressing better relationships between referees and players for months, and teams do provide some of the feedback that goes into the evaluation process for choosing which officials make the playoffs.
That process used to determine the first-round pool remains in play, as the group gets pared down for subsequent playoff rounds.
”Each referee has a dashboard of thousands of decisions that they’re rated on,” McCutchen said. ”And that gives a very clear picture of where people are being successful.”