New England Patriots: 5 observations from NFL regular-season finale

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 30: Phillip Dorsett #13 of the New England Patriots reacts with Tom Brady #12 after catching a touchdown pass during the second quarter of a game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 30: Phillip Dorsett #13 of the New England Patriots reacts with Tom Brady #12 after catching a touchdown pass during the second quarter of a game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) /
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New England Patriots Trey Flowers (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
New England Patriots Trey Flowers (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

Flowers is just dominant

Speaking of the New England Patriots defense, one player opposing teams will have to game plan for is Trey Flowers.

In the last year of his rookie deal, the Arkansas product again leads the team in sacks with 7.5 and applies constant pressure on the opposing team’s quarterbacks.

In Sunday’s game, Flowers had a nice sack on Sam Darnold and also forced a fumble that led to a Patriots score on offense.  Bound for a massive pay day, it is sad to say that it could’ve been his last regular -season game in a New England Patriots uniform.

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There will be some team out there willing to pay him the type of money the Patriots aren’t willing to give.  For a team starved for defensive playmakers, it really will be disappointing if the team isn’t able to find a way to keep a former third-round pick around.  A player who really grew up in the system and did everything right.

It’s not etched in stone that he’s a goner, but it may be hard for the New England Patriots to keep him.  If they do, it would be worth whatever contract they are able to get him signed with.