Ereck Flowers made 'serious strides' in his left guard debut, according to Jay Gruden

Peter Hailey
NBC Sports Washington

Ereck Flowers' game wasn't stellar, considering the two penalties he picked up and the overall lack of success of the Redskins' running game. Even with those issues, though, Jay Gruden was pleased with how Flowers handled his first-ever NFL start at left guard Sunday against the Eagles.

"I think Flowers made some serious strides to showing the potential that he has at left guard," Jay Gruden told JP Finlay in a Redskins Talk podcast exclusive interview. "He protected, he competed, I was impressed." 

After four seasons and 59 games as a pro on the outside at tackle, the Philadelphia game was the first time Flowers lined up on the interior for an offensive line. He teamed up along with Donald Penn, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff and Morgan Moses for an excellent first half, most notably when it came to pass blocking.

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While it was thrilling to see Case Keenum and Terry McLaurin click so much for those first 30 minutes, the five guys up front made that effort possible with plays like this:

Now, like everything else in Burgundy and Gold, all momentum was lost in the third and fourth quarters, taking away much of the optimism that was built up in the first and second. Yet Gruden was overall encouraged by what Flowers and Penn did on his new-look left side.

"I thought they played great for their first time together," he said.

The hope is that Trent Williams will return to the Redskins, preferably sometime soon. The reality is that Williams hasn't indicated in any way that he is ready to come back.

So, until that changes, Keenum and the offense will rely on the combination of Flowers and Penn. They demonstrated they can really move the ball at times with those two playing and if Flowers can keep making those strides that Gruden is seeing, perhaps what was once a question can become something more reliable.

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