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 official player designations for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
|2015||New England Patriots||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||New England Patriots||16||45||23.0||22||7||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2017||New England Patriots||14||62||45.0||17||6.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2018||New England Patriots||15||57||32.0||25||7.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2015||New England Patriots||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||2||-3||2||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||14||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||New England Patriots||15||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0|