Flowers (shoulder) has been working with the Lions' rehab group during the team's mandatory minicamp, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
The Lions understandably are taking it slow with Flowers, whom they signed to a five-year, $90 million pact in March. The defensive end is bouncing back from a minor shoulder surgery that shouldn't affect his availability for the start of the regular season, though he could face some restrictions when training camp begins.
Flowers (shoulder) officially signed with the Lions on Thursday.
Flowers agreed to a five-year deal that can pay him up to $90 million, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. The $18 million average annual value is not only more than what Flowers could have made on the franchise tag, but it also makes him the fifth-highest paid defender in the league -- while signaling Detroit's total confidence that Flowers won't have any long-term ramifications from the shoulder surgery he underwent this offseason.
Flowers (shoulder) intends to sign with the Lions, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Detroit lands one of the biggest prizes of the offseason in Flowers, who will be reunited with former Patriots defensive coordinator and current Lions head coach Matt Patricia. The 2015 fourth-round pick averaged 55 tackles and seven sacks over the past three seasons for New England, adding 5.5 sacks in nine playoff appearances. Flowers isn't quite dominant as a pure pass rusher, but he makes up for it with snap-to-snap consistency and excellent work against the run. Currently on the mend from February shoulder surgery, the 25-year-old should be healthy for the start of training camp. The Lions presumably will allow fellow defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) to sign elsewhere.
The Patriots did not apply their franchise tag to Flowers (shoulder), Herbie Teope of NFL.com reports.
Flowers thus is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent, and on the heels of a 57-tackle, 7.5-sack effort though 15 games in 2018, the 25-year-old figures to be one of the most sought-after pass rushers on the open market. Per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, franchising Flowers would have cost the Patriots $17.1 million, a number beyond the team's comfort level. There's still a chance that New England can re-sign the 2015 fourth-rounder, but the market for Flowers will be strong, and there's a pretty solid chance another team will make him a contract offer he can't refuse.
Flowers underwent shoulder surgery this offseason and is currently rehabbing, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Flowers is set to be a free agent this offseason and it doesn't appear his surgery will turn teams away. He underwent what was primarily a clean-up procedure, addressing an issue that isn't considered serious. While the injury isn't expected to impact him once training camp rolls around, it's unclear if he'll be a full participant in offseason workouts.
Flowers finished up the 2018 regular season with 57 tackles, 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 15 games.
Flowers' numbers have put him on the radar in deeper IDP formats over the last three seasons and the 25-year-old is now eligible to become a free agent this offseason. We'd expect the Patriots to try to retain the 2015 fourth-rounder, but other teams may offer the defensive end more than New England is comfortable paying.
Flowers added four solo tackles and two sacks in Sunday's 34-33 loss to the Dolphins. He also forced a fumble.
The Patriots pressured Ryan Tannehill all day, accumulating five total sacks, two of which came from Flowers. He also jarred the ball loose from Frank Gore, though Miami ultimately recovered the fumble. The fourth-year defensive end has 6.5 sacks on the season, including four in the past three games.
Flowers logged two tackles (one solo) and one sack during Sunday's 24-10 win over the Vikings.
Flowers took down Kirk Cousins during the Week 13 win, bringing his sack total up to 4.5 on the season. The 25-year-old has posted a sack in two consecutive games, and will look to log another strong outing against the Dolphins on Sunday.
Flowers doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday game against the Vikings.
Flowers was absent at Friday's practice, but it wasn't an injury issue or anything that threatens his status for Sunday's game. The 25-year-old should therefore fill his usual starting spot at defensive end for the Patriots.
Flowers wasn't visible during the portion of Friday's practice available to the media, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Flowers wasn't listed on the injury report Wednesday or Thursday, so it remains unclear whether this is an injury situation or something else. The 25-year-old's status should be cleared up later Friday when the Patriots release their final injury report for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Flowers posted two tackles and a sack in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Jets.
Flowers managed to take down Josh McCown, bringing his sack total to 3.5 on the year and logging his first full sack since Week 1. He'll look to keep it going against the Vikings on in Week 13.
Flowers recorded five tackles (two solo) and 0.5 sacks across 72 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Packers.
Flowers reached the quarterback for the first time since Week 1. His 72 defensive reps were a season-high, as he stayed on the field for 97 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps.
Flowers posted six tackles and one pass defense during Monday's 25-6 win over the Bills.
Flowers' six tackles were his second-highest total of the season. The fourth-year defensive end has 27 tackles on the season, but hasn't compiled a sack since Oct. 24 when he registered 0.5 sacks. He'll look to get back in that column on Sunday night against the Packers.
Flowers recorded seven tackles (two solo) in Sunday's win over Kansas City.
Flowers' seven tackles were a season high. He's on pace for the lowest sack numbers of his career through six games, but he has time to turn that around. He and the Patriots will take on the Bears next Sunday.
Flowers (concussion) is active for Sunday's contest against the Dolphins, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
Flowers sat out last week after suffering a concussion against the Jaguars in Week 2. He'll return to his role as a starting defensive end as New England looks to take down the undefeated Dolphins.
Flowers (concussion) is expected to play Sunday versus the Dolphins, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.
Flowers missed Week 3's contest as the Patriots got worked by the Lions. The fourth-year pro will look to add a sizable pass rush after already making 1.5 sacks through two games. Flowers will have a solid matchup, too, since Miami's offensive line is ranked 20th in the league according to Pro Football Focus.
Flowers (concussion) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Flowers suffered a concussion during New England's Week 2 loss to Jacksonville, and continues to progress in his recovery. If the team's top pass rusher remains sidelined for his second consecutive game, expect Deatrich Wise and Derek Rivers to once again see increased defensive roles.
Flowers (concussion) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Flowers continues to nurse a concussion sustained during New England's Week 2 loss to the Jaguars. If Flowers is unable to clear the concussion protocol in time to suit up against the Dolphins on Sunday, Deatrich Wise and Derek Rivers will once again attempt to replace the team's top pass rusher.
Flowers (concussion) is out for Sunday's game against the Lions, Kevin Duffy of MassLive.com reports.
Flowers suffered a concussion during the Patriots' Week 2 loss to the Jaguars. While he's unavailable, Deatrich Wise and Derek Rivers should see expanded roles.
Flowers (concussion) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Lions.
Flowers suffered a concussion in the Patriots' Week 2 loss to the Jaguars. Barring a quick recovery it does not look likely that he will be able to suit up Sunday. Deatrich Wise and Derek Rivers could be in line for increased roles should he ultimately sit out.
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