Flowers was recently let go by New England and now reunites with his former defensive coordinator in Matt Patricia, the current head coach of the Lions. Flowers initially checks in as a depth option at defensive end with the potential to see his role expand as the season unfolds.
Flowers was released by the Patriots on Saturday, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports.
Flowers release comes as a bit of a surprise after he logged 490 snaps on defense and special teams combined a year ago, logging 32 tackles, including 3.5 sacks. He'll look to catch on with another club in 2018 as a depth linebacker.
Flowers didn't see many defensive snaps early in the year for New England, but was a key player down the stretch of the season. Over the last two games of the year, the former Cincinnati Bengal accumulated 14 combined tackles and 3.5 sacks, then added four tackles and a sack in the Patriots' first playoff matchup against Tennessee. That window opened up due to a calf injury suffered by starter Kyle Van Noy, who should resume his regular role in 2018. Flowers appears likely to return to his role as a depth option, though he'll get plenty of work on special teams as well.
Flowers (illness) is officially active for Saturday night's divisional-round game against the Titans.
Flowers was listed as questionable after sitting out Wednesday's practice with an undisclosed illness, but he was able to return as a limited participant Thursday. The 25-year-old should serve his usual rotational role at linebacker for the Patriots on Saturday.
|4||9/30/18||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/21/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|2017||New England Patriots||16||32||25.0||7||3.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2017||New England Patriots||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|