TURNS 25: AUGUST 16, 2018
FINAL RATING: 6.6
Trey Flowers, like Joe Thuney, is a player who carved a niche for himself at a hard position to do so.
A fourth-round pick out of Arkansas in 2015, Flowers had the ultimate bittersweet start to his career. He sacked Aaron Rodgers in his first preseason game, but injured his shoulder and wound up playing just one game as a rookie in what amounted to a redshirt season.
This year, after the team jettisoned Chandler Jones last spring, Rob Ninkovich wound up injured and serving a four-game suspension and Jabaal Sheard strangely struggled, Flowers emerged as the Patriots most consistently productive pass-rusher.
Sheard has seven sacks in the Patriots' last eight games and it was telling that, after a two-sack game against Buffalo, his playing time ballooned (64.1 percent of the snaps since then up from 49.2 percent). He’s an interesting weapon who’s earned what he’s gotten this year.