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Trey Flowers generally stays under the radar.
07-30-2019, 05:10 AM,
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Trey Flowers generally stays under the radar.
Like most of the Patriots players Josh Allen Jersey ,
Flowers has made his loudest impact on the field and emerged as a key part of the defense during the runs to the Super Bowl in the past two seasons.
Flowers has become one of the leaders on a defense that has finally found some stability after struggling to stop teams early in the season. He has helped fill the void created by Dont’a Hightower’s season-ending shoulder injury.
Flowers missed all but one game during his rookie season in 2015 before being placed on injured reserve because of knee and shoulder issues.
He returned in 2016 and appeared in all 16 regular-season games, leading the team with seven sacks. His production continued in the playoffs, where he added 2+ sacks.
The 24-year-old has been equally impressive this season.
Flowers again led the team with 6+ sacks, despite missing back-to-back games in December with a rib injury. But he had 12 tackles and a half-sack over his final three games. It was his best three-game stretch of the regular season.
He’s added another sack and eight tackles since the start of the postseason.
Flowers credits the defense’s weekly preparation for creating the opportunities he’s had.
”I think a lot of guys can make plays at any given time,” Flowers said. ”You’ve got a lot of playmakers in this locker room so it’s just one of those things where you’ve got to deal with all of us. Once everybody prepares well and gets ready for the game and things like that, any given down somebody can make a play.”
He said getting back to the Super Bowl is proof of how far the defense has progressed since it ranked at the bottom of the NFL in total defense for nine consecutive weeks during the regular season.
”It’s big. Just the fashion of how we got to (the Super Bowl),” Flowers said. ”It took complete, four-quarter games. It took everybody. It’s pretty big.”
Defensive captain Devin McCourty said the time Flowers has put in over the past two seasons is recognizable to his teammates.
”If you guys talk to Trey you can see he doesn’t talk a lot. He’s not a man of many words http://www.jaguarsauthorizedshops.com/au...lor-jersey ,” McCourty said. ”I think that the thing I see from him is now when he feels like it’s time to say something and he wants to say something, it usually makes a big impact on the team because guys know his work ethic.
”They know how much he cares about playing well individually and the success of the team. When he speaks, guys tend to listen.”
Coach Bill Belichick said Flowers is displaying the same conditioning and ability to finish games now they saw when they first scouted him at Arkansas.
”He plays hard, pursues the ball well, played a lot of plays at Arkansas (and) wasn’t substituted for a lot. He was in there and played a lot of important plays, kind of as you would expect him to be given the caliber of his play,” Belichick said. ”He can do a lot of different things for us and has done that. And it’s been very valuable.”
While Flowers thinks the defense has played some of its best football this postseason, he isn’t taking anything for granted.
”We understand we’ve got one more Josh Oliver Jersey ,” he said. ”It doesn’t come easy…The next team is gonna be the best we’ve played all year. It’s a tough task.”


MINNESOTA (14-3) vs. PHILADELPHIA (14-3)
Sunday, 6:40 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE – Vikings by 3 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD – Minnesota 12-4-1, Philadelphia 11-5-1
SERIES RECORD – Tied 13-13
LAST MEETING – Eagles beat Vikings 21-10, Oct. 23, 2016
LAST WEEK – Vikings beat Saints 29-24; Eagles beat Falcons 15-10
AP PRO32 RANKING – Vikings No. 2, Eagles No. 5
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VIKINGS DEFENSE – OVERALL (1), RUSH (2), PASS (2).
EAGLES OFFENSE – OVERALL (7), RUSH (3), PASS (13).
EAGLES DEFENSE – OVERALL (4), RUSH (1), PASS (17).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Eagles are 3-0 vs. Vikings in playoffs. … Vikings seeking first trip to Super Bowl in 41 years. Eagles seeking first Super Bowl appearance in 13 years. Neither team has won a Super Bowl. … Vikings are 6-16 on road in playoffs. … Vikings were 6-2 on road this season. … Minnesota led NFL in fewest yards allowed per game (275.9) for first time since 1993 and also allowed fewest points (15.8). … Vikings held opponents to 25.2 percent conversion on third downs Ryquell Armstead Jersey , best mark in league. … Offense converted 43.5 percent on third down, third in league. … QB Case Keenum was second in NFL with 67.6 completion percentage. … RB Latavius Murray had 842 yards rushing and eight TDs. RB Jerick McKinnon had 570 yards rushing and three TDs. … WR Adam Thielen was fifth in NFL with 1,276 yards receiving and eighth with 91 receptions. … DE Everson Griffen tied for fourth in league with career-high 13 sacks. … LB Eric Kendricks has led team in tackles each of his first three seasons. His brother, Mychal, is LB for Philadelphia. … All-Pro S Harrison Smith tied career high with five picks. … WR Stefon Diggs had 137 yards receiving vs. Saints last week, including 61-yard game-winning reception on final play. … Eagles have reached conference championship six times since 2000, most appearances by NFC team in that span. … Eagles in NFC championship game for first time since losing 32-25 at Arizona on Jan. 18, 2009. … Eagles host NFC title game for first time since beating Atlanta 27-10 on Jan. 23 http://www.jaguarsauthorizedshops.com/au...-ii-jersey , 2005. … Philadelphia is 14-7 at home in playoffs, including 5-3 at Linc. … Eagles are 14-3 at home under coach Doug Pederson, best home record in NFL over last two seasons. … Philly has outscored opponents 244-117 at home this season. … QB Nick Foles set franchise playoff record with 76.7 completion percentage vs. Falcons. … Foles has completed 46 of 63 (73 percent) for 441 yards, two TDs, no picks and 102.7 passer rating in two playoff starts. … RB LeGarrette Blount scored ninth career postseason rushing TD last week. … RB Jay Ajayi had 98 scrimmage yards (54 rushing, 44 receiving) vs. Atlanta. … K Jake Elliott’s 53-yard field goal vs. Falcons last week was longest in team’s postseason history. Elliott is 6 of 7 from 50 or more yards, but he’s 39 of 43 on extra points and missed one against Atlanta.
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