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Opponent spotlight: Broncos must avoid Patriots’ Trey Flowers





By Zack Kelberman
December 15, 2016

The evil genius Bill Belichick's latest invention -- an edge rusher by the name of Trey Flowers -- poses an imminent threat to the Denver Broncos' consistently inconsistent offensive line.

After trading away Chandler Jones, a move that caught many by surprise, Belichick has his defense thriving with Flowers, who leads the Patriots with five sacks in as many starts.

His latest -- a Monday night takedown of Ravens QB Joe Flacco -- should've put the Broncos on notice.

Flowers, a 2015 fourth-round pick, has blossomed under Belichick this season. Given an uptick in playing time, the former Arkansas Razorback has shown solid all-around ability, grading out as the No. 47 edge player out of 110 qualifiers, according to Pro Football Focus.

Flowers can win both inside and outside, making him a moveable chess piece in Matt Patricia's unit and a big problem for Denver's struggling offensive line.

When the teams meet on Sunday, Flowers will be matched up against the Broncos' weakest links -- right guard Michael Schofield and right tackle Donald Stephenson, the team's lowest-rated player and the league's second-worst tackle, per PFF.

The Broncos' front-five, which has allowed 36 sacks and 87 QB hits, will be tested in Week 15. To give their club any shot of a victory, they'll need to be up to the task.

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