Painfully soft-spoken rookie Ereck Flowers had to sing for the team on Sunday morning. And guess what?

"He's a good singer," center Weston Richburg said with some amazement. "He was actually very good. I was surprised. It was good stuff."

Eli Manning will occasionally single out a rookie to belt out a song of their choosing during training camp. On Sunday, he selected Flowers, the first-round pick.

"I was looking forward to his singing because I didn't think he would do it," Richburg said of his shy teammate. "But he performed very well. It takes time to get to know us and get to know guys, be able to open up like that. I think he slowly is. It's been fun to see him grow and open up a little more."

Richburg did not recognize the song Flowers sang. Neither, it's safe to assume, did Tom Coughlin. But the coach was impressed as well.

"He did pretty good," Coughlin said. "He got it over with. At least I think. They may make him do it again."

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Flowers has been thrust into the starting left tackle spot since Will Beatty went down with a torn pectoral in the spring. He seems to be doing alright early in camp.

"He just goes to work, he doesn't say much," Coughlin said. "He's out there. He competes."

The Giants can only hope Flowers turns out to be as pleasant a surprise as a player as he is a vocalist.