Tre Flowers hasn’t forgotten what happened at Lambeau Field last January.
Flowers, who lined up opposite of Green Bay receiver Davante Adams, watched as Adams torched the Seattle defense en route to a Packers playoff-record 160 yards receiving on eight catches.
The second-year cornerback had a miscommunication with Ugo Amadi on Adams’ first touchdown and the Packers led 7-0 within the game’s first five snaps. Then, in the third quarter, Flowers was exposed by Adams once again when the Green Bay superstar cut toward the hashes and angled his way into the endzone for a highlight-reel worthy 40-yard touchdown.
The Packers completed four of six passes targeting Flowers for 86 yards.
The Seahawks 28-23 loss to the Packers in the Divisional Round haunted Flowers, but it also served as motivation for him to take the next step in his career.
“It made me really attack everyday of this offseason,” Flowers said before Tuesday’s practice.
Flowers spent the offseason working alongside cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who shifted his focus in Year 3 by hiring a personal chef, adjusting his diet, and watching more film. That renewed focus ultimately led to Griffin earning his first Pro Bowl nod in 2019 after producing a career-high 65 tackles.
Flowers hopes to produce similar results in his third season.
“I’m as hungry as ever,” Flowers said. “I worked out with Shaq all offseason and we talked a lot on a personal level and football level. I’m just ready to get the year started. You say I’m competing for everything and the whole organization’s all about competing so I’m just glad I got the opportunity.”
The stakes could not be higher for the third-year defensive back after Seattle dealt a fifth-round pick to Washington in exchange for Quinton Dunbar in March. Flowers admits he “felt some type of way,” when the Seahawks added Dunbar into the competition and gave him the opportunity to unseat the incumbent starter.
“I try not to think about things I can’t control,” Flowers said. “AlI can do is try to compete and win the spot. That’s all I can do. I try not to dwell on it and get sad, get mad, not too high, never too low.”
With Flowers sidelined on Sunday with an ankle sprain, Dunbar capitalized on the opportunity to prove to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll that he could replace Flowers in the secondary in 2020.
“This is a really unique football player, Quinton Dunbar," Carroll said. "He’s got terrific awareness. He’s got size and speed and all that kind of stuff, so he can do the things we need our corners to do. But he has terrific awareness. He’s got very good spatial awareness and play-making ability and a really good, challenge attitude."
Flowers downplayed any resentment between himself and Dunbar. Ultimately, he understands competition is a part of Carroll and the Seahawks’ mantra and competition only makes the team better.
“We’re here to win Super Bowls,” Flowers said. “Anything I can take from him, I’m gonna take from him and any question he has for me, I’ll answer it truthfully. We’re teammates at the end of the day and competition doesn’t mean we hate each other; it just means we’re just trying to do what makes this team better."
Flowers has come a long way since that cold, snowy night in Green Bay. Heading into a pivotal third season, the time is now for Flowers to put his physicality and potential on full display. He’s ready to seize the opportunity.
“This is the highest my confidence has ever been in my life,” Flowers said. “I feel good, I go to practice every day, I go get better, I compete… I come here with a smile every day.”
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