Maybe the Seahawks biggest weakness on defense is their current group of cornerbacks. But Tre Flowers could be ready for a breakout season in 2021. Flowers has had a pretty good training camp so far, he is in a battle for a starting spot with a multitude of other corners and has experience in the Seattle system. There is no reason Flowers can’t succeed this season.
But one thing Flowers has to do is get off to a fast start in 2021. It appeared obvious at the beginning of last year that Flowers was struggling with his confidence. Flowers was terrible at the start of 2020 and had already lost his starting spot to Quinton Dunbar. Basically what the Seahawks did last offseason was say to Flowers, “We don’t think you’re good enough so we are bringing in a veteran that we think will be better.”
Only Dunbar wasn’t truly better and was oft-injured and Flowers struggled early. Seattle’s defense overall was awful to begin 2020 and then got better and so did Flowers. Of course, it wasn’t Flowers getting better that helped Seattle the most, a trade for Carlos Dunlap and D.J. Reed being added probably made bigger impacts.
Tre Flowers could be impactful player for Seahawks in 2021
But until Flowers had to miss weeks 13 through 16 while injured, he had turned around his season. In weeks 10 through 12, Seattle gave up an average of 20 points a game. This after giving up 44 to Buffalo alone in week 9. Yes, Dunlap was added but others, including Flowers, started playing better.
Flowers still fits the Pete Carroll mold of a cornerback nearly better than anyone else in the Seahawks cornerback room. He is 6’3″ and 205 pounds with a long wingspan. Other corners, like Reed, are quick and fast but under 6 feet tall. Tre Flowers was also pretty good in 2019 – his QBR-allowed was 72.5. This means after that season Seattle still thought someone else should start in his place.
Why wouldn’t Flowers as a feeling human being struggle? He probably thought he was doing well and then the team was telling him he wasn’t. Flowers afraid of making a mistake and being replaced made sense. But this year the starting spots are up for grabs and with a good preseason Flowers could earn a starting spot. If so, he should do really well this year.