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Giants’ Ereck Flowers holds his own against Myles Garrett

New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers stops

New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers stops Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett in the first half of an NFL preseason football game. Aug. 21, 2017. Credit: AP / David Richard

CLEVELAND — The Giants were curious to see how left tackle Ereck Flowers would do against first overall draft pick Myles Garrett in Monday night’s preseason game against the Browns. The results of that matchup? Mixed.

Flowers held his own, but there were times when he seemed to hold more than that. Several times in the first quarter, it seemed as if Flowers had an arm around Garrett’s collar. There were no penalties, but Flowers often was flagged for such plays last season.

Garrett did get one sack, his first of the preseason, late in the second quarter, but that was not entirely Flowers’ fault. Flowers, with a chip on the inside from left guard Justin Pugh, seemed to have Garrett stopped when backup quarterback Geno Smith was flushed from the pocket and ran into Garrett’s grasp.

Bowie news

Michael Bowie turned himself in to police in Tulsa on Monday morning and was released less than an hour later.

On Friday, the reserve offensive lineman was charged with domestic assault and battery and two counts of malicious injury or destruction of property for an incident over the summer with his girlfriend. He was released after posting $17,000 bond. Bowie is due in court for arraignment Aug. 29.

Bowie did not travel with the team to Cleveland. The NFL and the Giants are looking into the matter.

Giant steps

DE Jason Pierre-Paul intercepted a pass in the first quarter that was batted in the air by DE Olivier Vernon. JPP spoke about similar plays last week after he eased up on a pass rush in practice in anticipation of a turnover from a big hit by Vernon. “I see O.V. coming so I laid off because I knew it was going to be a big hit,” Pierre-Paul said of the play in practice. “If we were in a real game, that would have been a big hit, so I laid off and prepared myself to get the fumble. If Coach asked me why I laid off, I would tell him, ‘I’m waiting for the fumble to run it to the house!’’ . . . CB Eli Apple (ankle) warmed up with the team but did not play. Michael Hunter Jr. took his place and left the game with a concussion . . . WR Sterling Shepard was stripped of the ball for a fumble in the second quarter, setting up a Browns TD . . . WR Tavarres King left the game with a sprained ankle.

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