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Trey Flowers
No. 90     
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-08-16) August 16, 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth: Huntsville, Alabama
Career information
College: Arkansas
NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 4 / Pick: 101
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New England Patriots ( 2015 2018)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* 2× Super Bowl champion (LI, LIII)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles     164
Sacks     21.0
Forced fumbles     5
Fumble recoveries     2
Pass deflections     6
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Robert Lee "Trey" Flowers III[1] (born August 16, 1993) is an American football defensive end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Arkansas.

Early yearsEdit

Flowers attended Columbia High School in Huntsville, Alabama.[2] He was ranked by Rivals.com as a three-star recruit.[3] He originally committed to Georgia Tech to play college football but changed to the University of Arkansas.[4] Flowers also played basketball in high school.

College careerEdit

Flowers played in all 13 games with three starts as a true freshman in 2011. He had 28 total tackles, 5.5 tackles, for loss and one sack.[5] As a sophomore in 2012, he started all 13 games, recording 50 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss and six sacks.[6] Flowers started 11 games as a junior in 2013, missing one due to injury. He finished the year with 44 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and five sacks.[7] He also recorded an interception and three forced fumbles. After his junior season, Flowers considered entering the 2014 NFL Draft and received a third-round draft grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, but he eventually chose to return to Arkansas for his senior year.[8][9][10] In his last season playing for the Razorbacks he led the team in tackles for loss and sacks, respectively with 15.5 and six. He ended his career at Arkansas with 190 tackles, 47.5 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, one interception, 13 passes defended, and four forced fumbles.[11]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP<th>Wonderlic</th>
6 ft 2 in 266 lb34¼ in10 in 4.93 s 1.74 s N/A s 4.40 s 7.34 s 36½ in 10 ft 1 in 28 reps<td align="center">24</td>

At the 2015 NFL Combine, Flowers was a top performer in the vertical and in the broad jump.

New England PatriotsEdit

2015 season: Rookie yearEdit

The New England Patriots selected Flowers in the fourth round (101st overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. The pick used to draft him was acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers along with tight end Tim Wright in exchange for Logan Mankins.[12] In the first preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, Flowers sacked Aaron Rodgers but later left the game with a shoulder injury.[13] Flowers made the Patriots 53-man roster but was only active for one game before being placed on injured reserve on December 1, 2015.[14]

2016 seasonEdit

After missing most of his rookie season due to injury, Flowers experienced a breakout season in 2016. In Week 8 against the Buffalo Bills, Flowers got his first two NFL sacks on quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel while tacking on five tackles.[15] He played in all 16 regular season games starting in the final eight, finishing the season leading the team in sacks with 7.0, all coming in the last nine games of the season. He led the team with 2.5 sacks in the Patriots win in Super Bowl LI over the Atlanta Falcons on February 5, 2017.[16] These included the crucial second down sack with 3:55 to go in the fourth quarter that helped push the Falcons out of field goal range, allowing the Patriots to tie the game on the following possession, completing their 25-point comeback.[17]

2017 seasonEdit

After a breakout season in 2016, Flowers began the way he ended the previous season, recording 2.0 sacks in the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 7.[18] Despite suffering a rib injury Week 12 against the Miami Dolphins, Flowers started 14 games and led the team with 6.5 sacks. Flowers helped the Patriots reach Super Bowl LII, but the team lost 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles with Flowers recording 5 tackles in the Super Bowl.

2018 seasonEdit

During Week 1 against the Houston Texans, Flowers had 5 tackles and 1.5 sacks. In the next game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he forced a fumble but was later was ruled out of the game after suffering a concussion. Flowers finished the season with 57 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles. The Patriots beat both the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs to reach Super Bowl LIII where they defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. Flowers had 3 tackles in the game.[19]

Detroit LionsEdit

2019 seasonEdit

On March 14, 2019, Flowers signed a five-year, $90 million deal with the Detroit Lions.[20][21] The signing reunited Flowers with former Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, who signed with the Lions three days earlier, alongside former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who became the Lions' head coach in the prior season.

NFL statisticsEdit

Legend
Super Bowl champion
Bold Career high

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Solo Asst Sack Sfty PD Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR Yds TD
2015 NE 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 NE 16 8 45 23 22 7.0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 2 –3 0
2017 NE 14 14 62 45 17 6.5 0 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 0 0 0
2018 NE 15 15 57 32 25 7.5 0 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Total 46 37 164 100 64 21.0 0 6 0 0 0.0 0 0 5 2 –3 0

PostseasonEdit

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Solo Asst Sack Sfty PD Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR Yds TD
2015 NE 0 0 DNP
2016 NE 3 3 16 6 10 2.5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 NE 3 3 17 10 7 1.0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 NE 3 3 6 5 1 2.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 9 9 39 21 18 5.5 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. Patriots, New England. "The story behind his nickname and more fun facts. 47 seconds with @iii_flowers & @47Brand". https://twitter.com/Patriots/status/799729168254517248.
  2. "Arkansas true freshman and Huntsville native Trey Flowers looking forward to clash at LSU". http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2011/11/arkansas_true_freshman_and_hun.html.
  3. "Rivals.com". https://sports.yahoo.com/ucf/football/recruiting/player-Trey-Flowers-102347.
  4. "Arkansas coaches 'more welcoming' than GT's? Flowers thought so". Archived from the original on December 17, 2014. https://archive.is/20141217215801/http://www.macon.com/2011/01/31/1430617_arkansas-coaches-more-welcoming.html.
  5. "Flowers Sports Reference profile". https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/trey-flowers-1.html/.
  6. "Trey Flowers 2012 Game Log" (in en). https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/trey-flowers-1/gamelog/2012/.
  7. writer, Pat Dooley Staff. "SEC's Top 25 Players: No. 7 Trey Flowers". http://www.gainesville.com/article/20140708/ARTICLES/140709753?tc=ar.
  8. "Flowers stays planted with Razorbacks". http://www.baxterbulletin.com/story/news/2014/01/07/flowers-stays-planted-with-razorbacks/4347305/.
  9. "Flowers' return provides boost for Arkansas". http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/177545/flowers-return-provides-boost-for-arkansas/.
  10. btoppmeyer@columbiatribune.com, Blake Toppmeyer. "Flowers returns favor to Razorbacks". http://www.columbiatribune.com/special_sections/first_and_ten/flowers-returns-favor-to-razorbacks/article_0567af77-182a-5aff-a06e-77a950659492.html.
  11. "Trey Flowers Career Game Log" (in en). https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/trey-flowers-1/gamelog/.
  12. "2015 NFL Draft Listing" (in en). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/2015/draft.htm.
  13. Cox, Zach (August 13, 2015). "Patriots’ Trey Flowers Sacks Aaron Rodgers, Then Leaves With Injury". http://nesn.com/2015/08/patriots-trey-flowers-sacks-aaron-rodgers-then-leaves-with-injury-video/. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  14. "Patriots sign Damaris Johnson, claim Trey Williams off waivers, place Trey Flowers on IR, sign Austin Hill to Practice Squad". December 1, 2015. http://www.patriots.com/news/2015/12/01/patriots-sign-damaris-johnson-claim-trey-williams-waivers-place-trey-flowers-ir-sign. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  15. "New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills - October 30th, 2016" (in en). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201610300buf.htm.
  16. "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201702050atl.htm. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  17. "Patriots-Falcons Takeaways: Trey Flowers Saves Career Game For Super Bowl LI". February 6, 2017. http://nesn.com/2017/02/patriots-falcons-takeaways-trey-flowers-saves-career-game-for-super-bowl-li/.
  18. "Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots - September 7th, 2017" (in en). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201709070nwe.htm.
  19. https://247sports.com/nfl/new-england-patriots/Article/Trey-Flowers-issues-reminder-of-Super-Bowl-dominance-129111941/
  20. Rogers, Justin (March 12, 2019). "Trey Flowers' deal with Lions for 5 years, worth $90 million" (in en). https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2019/03/12/detroit-lions-deal-tight-end-jesse-james-four-years-25-million/3139969002/. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  21. "Lions sign three unrestricted free agents". DetroitLions.com. March 14, 2019. https://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-sign-three-unrestricted-free-agents.

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