Marquis Flowers thanks Patriots in Instagram post

Flowers joined the team in 2017 and appeared in all 16 games last year.

Marquis Flowers reacts after a sack in the fourth quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Titans at Gillette Stadium.
Marquis Flowers reacts after a sack in the fourth quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Titans at Gillette Stadium. –Maddie Meyer / Getty Images

Marquis Flowers has “nothing but love and appreciation” for the Patriots organization, the linebacker shared Saturday, just hours after the team released him.

Flowers, who expressed his gratitude on Instagram, said he “enjoyed every last second” in New England and “wouldn’t change it for nothing.” He said he understands how things go in the NFL, making it clear that he hopes he’s just getting started. Flowers has had his ups and downs since he entered the league, but he’s certainly shown his ability in flashes.

A sixth-round selection by the Bengals in 2014, Flowers joined the Patriots in 2017 and appeared in all 16 games. He racked up 32 combined tackles, registered 3.5 sacks, and forced a fumble during the regular season. In the playoffs, he finished with six combined tackles in three games and added a sack as well.

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Flowers also contributed on special teams last year, but he wasn’t able to carve out enough of a niche to stay on in 2018.

Linebacker is one of the Patriots’ deeper positions, with Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts, Dont’a Hightower, and a few other playmakers in the mix.