The New England Patriots are getting ready for Week 4. Patriots pass rusher Trey Flowers spoke to reporters on Wednesday, noting that he expects to play in the game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium.
Trey Flowers missed the last week of practice and the team’s matchup against the Detroit Lions after suffering concussion in the Week 2 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Two weeks ago, Flowers crashed on quarterback Blake Bortles, and landed on the knee of Patriot Keionta Davis. He was knocked out cold. Flowers was on the field for too long, and even Patriots head coach Bill Belichick went over to check on him. The defensive end was helped towards the sideline and to the Patriots locker room. The team later confirmed that he is diagnosed with a concussion.
Flowers was limited in Wednesday’s practice, but given that he’s ready to play, he has probably cleared the concussion protocol.
The team may use Flowers’ talent because their front seven was extremely poor in the game against the Lions.
“There’s a lot of different elements to the pass rush. I think a sack is one way to evaluate the quality of the pass rush. I think the objective is to affect the quarterback – batted balls, quarterback pressures, keeping quarterbacks in the pocket that are scramblers, forcing guys who are not as mobile to have to throw on the move. I think there’s a lot of different variables in terms of evaluating pass rush, and the sack is one of them. In general, do we need to be better in terms of our pass rush? The answer to that is yes. I think we need to get more production across the board, and that’s affecting the quarterback overall,” Patriots defensive line coach Brendan Daley said on Monday.
Let’s see how will things turn for the Pats this week.