Trey Flowers has earned the nickname “The Quiet Storm” from Patriots coaches

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On the field, Trey Flowers' play has been anything but quiet. 

He's been so good in 2018 that Pro Football Focus grades him as the top edge defender in the NFL, ahead of perennial studs J.J. Watt (3rd), Khalil Mack (6th) and Von Miller (13th). But his coaches have taken another view of Flowers based on his hard work and unassuming personality.

"I think you'd be hard-pressed to find somebody who works harder than Trey," said Patriots linebackers coach and de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores. "On the field, in the weight room, in the training room, really across the board, this guy works incredibly hard. We call him 'The Quiet Storm.' You don't hear much from him, but he's been a warrior for us and he's played lights out for us, really, since he's gotten here."

Flowers, who is playing on the last year of his rookie contract, has 2.5 sacks this season after leading the team in sacks in each of the past two years. He has also added 32 tackles (three for a loss) and a forced fumble, earning rave reviews from coaches and teammates alike.

"Everyone in the building respects him." Flores said. "He leads by example. Again, he doesn't say much, but he works extremely hard, he works at his technique, he works at his craft every day and he makes a lot of plays for us. He's a joy to coach and a joy to be around."

The team and its fans can only hope The Quiet Storm continues to rage in Foxboro.

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