New England Patriots rookie defensive end Trey Flowers got off to a great start in his first NFL preseason. He recorded a sack on arguably the best quarterback in the league, Aaron Rodgers, in his first NFL action.
More impressively, it came against the team’s starting left tackle, David Bakhtiari. Shortly thereafter, though, Flowers left the game with a shoulder injury.
"It was a pretty good start [to the preseason]," Flowers said, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. "I came out there, tried to do the best I can, just worked hard, made sure I prepared for the first preseason game. I went down with a minor injury, but I did everything, the protocol the doctors and everyone wanted me to do, and got back out there as soon as possible."
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Flowers did miss time due to the shoulder injury, but he was able to make his way back onto the field for the game against the Carolina Panthers. Although he didn’t record a sack as he did in the first preseason game, he still showed the ability to pressure the quarterback.
“I’m just trying to take it one day at a time, getting myself ready, working on myself, diving into the playbook, working on my technique and things like that,” Flowers said. “I’m not worried about the depth chart. I’m just trying to get better myself.”
He figures to play a fairly big role for the Patriots this season, even as a fourth-round rookie. He’ll be in the pass rush rotation and should see opportunities in passing situations. For now, he’s just working on refining his game and preparing for the regular season.