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Patriots’ Trey Flowers refuses to take it easy on off days

Trey Flowers is coming off a year in which he collected 6½ sacks and 25 quarterback hits.GREGORY PAYAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS

FOXBOROUGH — Trey Flowers’s idea of how to spend a day off is significantly different than most everyone else’s.

“You don’t want to go into a day off and just sit at home and eat ice cream or chips or things like that,’’ Flowers said.

It matters not to Flowers that lots of people are doing just that on their off days, including during the time they spend watching Flowers and his Patriots teammates ply their trade on Sundays.

While Flowers acknowledges he will “sleep a little later” on his so-called off days — including Sunday and Monday this week — Flowers said there’s still work to be done on those days when he doesn’t have to strap on the pads.


“You definitely want to come in and you’ve got to be a pro about it,’’ the defensive end said. “You’ve got to take care of yourself and help your IQ of the game. Watch film and do things like that.’’

It was an interesting week for the defensive end, who had to leave practice early twice and would have been classified as “limited” on Saturday as he worked on both the main field and the rehab field.

Flowers sustained a gash on his forehead July 28 during a goal-line collision on the team’s first day in pads. He said it took three stitches to close it, and he was back the next day.

The fourth-year player was forced out of Friday’s practice early, but declined to elaborate on the reason.

“Nothing too much,’’ he said with a smile.

Flowers, who turns 25 on Aug. 16, is considered one of the “young veterans” on the roster and a cornerstone of the New England defense. He has the quickness to be menace off the edge but also the strength and leverage to pressure up the middle.


He’s been the team’s most consistent pass rusher the last two seasons and is coming off a year in which he collected 6½ sacks and 25 quarterback hits.

Flowers is set to make $1.9 million this season, the last year of his rookie pact. He’s in line for a big pay bump, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the Patriots tried to lock him up before he hits the market.

For what it’s worth, however, Flowers hasn’t put much thought into his next payday.

“As far as what’s happening 10 months from now? No, I haven’t thought about it,’’ he said. “I’m just focusing on right now, focusing on getting better, improving my overall game, and I’ll let that take care of itself when the time comes.’’

Low-key practice

The Patriots conducted a low-key practice Saturday, a day many predicted would include a live scrimmage (it didn’t happen) after Tom Brady was effectively given Friday off on his birthday. Linebacker Elandon Roberts said the team “definitely” needs a day off after practicing nine times in the last 10 days . . . The last 30 minutes of practice — including the running of the hills — was held in a steady rain that got heavier with each rep. Roberts didn’t mind it all. “It’s cool. It’s not hot.’’ . . . ESPN reported rookie running back Sony Michel had a procedure to drain fluid from his knee and is expected to be sidelined at least 10 days . . . While there were no one-on-one trench drills, Flowers did touch on the difficulty of going against massive left tackle Trent Brown. The 6-foot-8-inch, 380-pounder has been dominant during the contact periods. “Trent is big and can move his feet well,’’ said Flowers. “You can’t really go around him [and you] definitely can’t go through him. [You’ve] just got to find a way to kind of get him to move his feet or whatever. He’s a big guy. You’ve just go to figure a way, I guess.’’ . . . With Randy Moss being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, Bill Belichick spoke about their time together. “I learned a lot from him. A great, great, great deep-ball receiver,’’ said Belichick, who called Moss the smartest receiver he ever coached. “He has a really good understanding of the passing game and how to attack defenses from his point of view, which is, certainly, as a player, one that I’m not familiar with. He’s fast and can get over the top of the defenses and understand how teams look at an explosive weapon like him. He made me a better coach. He made us a much better team and he was a great person to have on the team. He was a lot of fun to be around, but he worked hard and was very committed to winning.’’