Trey Flowers
Flowers in 2019
No. 90 – Detroit Lions
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1993-08-16) August 16, 1993 (age 28)
Huntsville, Alabama
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:Columbia (Huntsville, Alabama)
College:Arkansas
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 4 / Pick: 101
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Super Bowl champion (LI, LIII)
  • New England Patriots 2010s All-Decade Team
  • Second Team All-SEC (2013)
  • Honorable Mention All-SEC (2014)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2021
Total tackles:261
Sacks:31.5
Forced fumbles:10
Fumble recoveries:4
Pass deflections:7
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

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

Early years

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 career

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 career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 2+18 in
(1.88 m)
266 lb
(121 kg)
34+14 in
(0.87 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.93 s 4.40 s 7.34 s 36+12 in
(0.93 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
28 reps
All values from NFL Combine[12][13]

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

New England Patriots

2015 season

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.[14] In the first preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, Flowers sacked Aaron Rodgers but later left the game with a shoulder injury.[15] Flowers made the Patriots 53-man roster but was only active for one game before being placed on injured reserve on December 1, 2015.[16]

2016 season

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.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

2017 season

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.[20] 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 season

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.[21]

Detroit Lions

2019 season

On March 14, 2019, Flowers signed a five-year, $90 million deal with the Detroit Lions.[22][23] 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. In week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Flowers recorded a team high 8 tackles and sacked Carson Wentz once as the Lions won 27-24.[24] In a week 6 game on October 14, 2019, Flowers was called for two controversial and costly hands to the face penalties on Monday Night Football in a 22-23 loss to the Green Bay Packers.[25] In week 8 against the New York Giants, Flowers recorded a season high 2 sacks on Daniel Jones in the 31-26 win.[26]

2020 season

In Week 1 against the Chicago Bears, Flowers recorded his first sack of the season on Mitchell Trubisky during the 27–23 loss.[27] In Week 6 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Flowers recorded a strip sack on Gardner Minshew which was recovered by the Lions during the 34–16 win.[28] Flowers was placed on injured reserve on November 2 after suffering an injury in Week 8.[29]

NFL career statistics

Legend
Won the Super Bowl
Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Solo Ast Sck 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
2019 DET 15 15 51 33 18 7.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 0 0 0
2020 DET 7 5 22 12 10 2.0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 1 4 0
Total 68 57 237 145 92 30.0 0 7 0 0 0.0 0 0 9 3 1 0

Postseason

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Solo Ast Sck 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

References

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  3. ^ "Rivals.com". sports.yahoo.com.
  4. ^ "Arkansas coaches 'more welcoming' than GT's? Flowers thought so". Archived from the original on December 17, 2014.
  5. ^ "Flowers Sports Reference profile".
  6. ^ "Trey Flowers 2012 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  7. ^ writer, Pat Dooley Staff. "SEC's Top 25 Players: No. 7 Trey Flowers".
  8. ^ "Flowers stays planted with Razorbacks".
  9. ^ "Flowers' return provides boost for Arkansas".
  10. ^ btoppmeyer@columbiatribune.com, Blake Toppmeyer. "Flowers returns favor to Razorbacks".
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  12. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Trey Flowers". NFL.com. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  13. ^ "2015 Combine workout: Trey Flowers". nfl.com. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  14. ^ "2015 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  15. ^ Cox, Zach (August 13, 2015). "Patriots' Trey Flowers Sacks Aaron Rodgers, Then Leaves With Injury". NESN.com. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  16. ^ "Patriots sign Damaris Johnson, claim Trey Williams off waivers, place Trey Flowers on IR, sign Austin Hill to Practice Squad". Patriots.com. December 1, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  17. ^ "New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills - October 30th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  18. ^ "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  19. ^ "Patriots-Falcons Takeaways: Trey Flowers Saves Career Game For Super Bowl LI". February 6, 2017.
  20. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots - September 7th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
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  23. ^ "Lions sign three unrestricted free agents". DetroitLions.com. March 14, 2019.
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  25. ^ "Packers get the calls, Crosby hits late FG to beat Lions". www.espn.com. October 13, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  26. ^ "Stafford-led Lions beat Giants 31-26 and end 3-game skid". www.espn.com. October 27, 2019. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  27. ^ Mayer, Larry (September 13, 2020). "Game Recap: Bears open season with remarkable comeback win". Chicago Bears. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  28. ^ "Detroit Lions at Jacksonville Jaguars – October 18th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  29. ^ "Detroit Lions place Trey Flowers on injured reserve. Here's how long he'll be out". Detroit Free Press. November 2, 2020.