Patriots fans got some exciting news on Tuesday morning when it was reported that New England reunited with former Super Bowl champ Trey Flowers. Unfortunately, that excitement quickly gave way to disappointment later in the day.
Based on Mike Giardi’s report on Tuesday afternoon, it sounds like Patriots fans will have to wait a bit to get their first glimpse of Flowers at training camp.
Trey Flowers Update
According to Giardi, head coach Bill Belichick revealed that Flowers will not be able to immediately start practicing with the team. Belichick also noted that the 29-year-old edge rusher has not played football in a while, tempering expectations.
Indeed, injuries have kept Flowers off the field for much of the past three seasons. He appeared in just 18 games total during that time, including only four last year. His last appearance was on Oct. 16, 2022, which was nearly 10 months ago.
The last time Flowers played a full season though (which was admittedly in 2019), he was elite. Pro Football Focus gave him an overall grade of 82.8 that year, and that was followed up with an 83.3 grade across seven games in 2020 too. It’s not like he’s old yet, so there’s definitely still some room for optimism.
Given the long layoff, however, it sounds like New England is planning to be cautious with Flowers and will ease him back into action. Slowly ramping him back up will prevent him from over-extending himself and reduce his risk of injury.
It’s currently unclear when Flowers will begin practicing with the team, but it may not be until next week. The Patriots are currently preparing for their first preseason game against the Houston Texans on Thursday, and Flowers obviously won’t be participating in that, either.
Hopefully New England is able to get Flowers up to speed before its season opener on Sept. 10. He still has over a month to prepare, but the Patriots surely want him to be at full speed and ready to go before plugging him into an actual game.
Time will tell if the two-time Super Bowl champ still has what it takes to be an impact player for New England this year. It will be a while before we find out.
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