Ereck Flowers spent this rookie minicamp playing left tackle. Where he plays when the veterans return this week and he is folded in with the rest of the roster remains to be seen.
The Giants already have two established starters at tackle -- Will Beatty on the left and Justin Pugh on the right -- and if the first-round pick is going to be playing this season, one of them is going to have to be moved. Pugh is the more likely candidate, since putting a rookie on Eli Manning's blindside would be more of a gamble and Pugh seems more capable of sliding inside to play guard. But Saturday, offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo said as of now, Pugh is still the starting right tackle.
That, of course, leaves only one other side.
"We believe that [Flowers] has a skill set to play left tackle in this league," McAdoo said. "We are going to give him opportunities to train out there. We'll give him opportunities to train at multiple spots. That doesn't mean we are going to pencil him into one spot right now."
No, but it's clear that the Giants see Flowers as the successor to Beatty. How soon that transition takes place seems to be the only question.
Blessing for Spags
The last time Steve Spagnuolo was a defensive coordinator, his 2012 Saints set an NFL record for the most yards allowed in a season. That's not exactly good for the resume, but Spagnuolo said it was important.
"I firmly believe you learn more from adverse situations," he said. "There was a tremendous amount of wisdom and knowledge gained from my year in New Orleans."
Spagnuolo didn't expand much on the experience, which was the season the Saints were socked with player and coaching suspensions for Bountygate.
"But what I will do is I'm going to grab the things that we need to from that experience that will help us here," he said. "There's a good notebook about that thick with things I should have done, shouldn't have done and things I can certainly do better. But that was a growth experience . . . I've been blessed to suffer in the last couple of years to make me what I am now and hopefully it resonates and it's something good here."
Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said he expects the NFL will change the extra-point rules in the coming weeks and move the line of scrimmage back to the 15-yard line for kick attempts. The league experimented with those rules in the preseason last year. "We handled it well," Quinn said of the 32-yard PATs. "Obviously nothing has been done with it later in the year with the wind and cold. That would make it a little bit more challenging in the Northeast." . . . Asked what he wants to see from second-round pick Landon Collins, Spagnuolo said: "I want him to go to the Pro Bowl . . . Tryouts at rookie camp will leave the team Sunday.