Athletic performer who began his college career as a 230-pound safety, Flowers played in every game as a rookie in 2014 but was on Reserve/Injured list for ’15, due to shoulder injury ... Has returned to roster for 2016.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in sixth round of 2014 NFL Draft (212th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-21-14 ... Waived (injured) by Bengals on 9-5-15 ... Reverted to Bengals (Reserve/Injured list) after clearing waivers on 9-6-15.
2016 highlights: Has played in Games 1-4 on special teams, recording three special teams tackles ... Appeared in all four preseason games, finishing second on team in tackles on defense (15).
Previous seasons: 2014—Played Games 1-16, and in Wild Card playoff ... In regular season, had five tackles on defense, three on special teams, a pass defensed and a QB hit ... Had five additional tackles on defense in playoff 1-4-15 at Indianapolis, seeing increased action following injury to LB Rey Maualuga ... Saw extensive action on defense on Oct. 19 at Indianapolis, following injury to WLB Vontaze Burfict, and recorded four tackles ... Recorded a pass defensed on Oct. 26 vs. Baltimore ... Made first career start on Dec. 22 vs. Denver, replacing injured Emmanuel Lamur at SLB, and recorded one tackle on defense and one on special teams. 2015—Appeared in all four preseason games, recording 10 tackles, but suffered shoulder injury in preseason finale and was placed on Reserve/Injured list prior to season opener.
College: Played four seasons (2010-13) at Arizona, seeing action in 50 games ... Had 35 starts, including every game as a junior and senior ... His busy career stat line includes 272 tackles, 27 tackles-for-loss, 7.5 sacks, five INTs, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and eight passes defensed ... Finished second on team in tackles (93) in 2013 as Arizona went 8-5, with Independence Bowl win over Boston College ... Helped lead Wildcats to 8-5 records with bowl wins in each of his last two seasons.
Personal: Hometown is Phoenix, Ariz. ... Attended Millennium High School, where he earned Class 5A All-State honors as a two-way senior ... Rushed for 1247 yards and 16 TDs as a senior, while logging 46 tackles and two INTs on defense ... Selected for U.S. Army All-America game following his senior campaign ... Majored at Arizona in social behavior and human understanding ... Has a son (Braylen) and a daughter (Alianah) ... First name is pronounced “mar-KEECE(rhymes with ‘peace’).”
Marvin Lewis and the Bengals like the fact that Kevin Minter not only youngs up their linebacker corps, but that he does it while giving them another seasoned leader.
The one difference from the first Bengals’ Media Mocker back in February is the emergence of the 9-20 theory. As in, it’s looking more and more like you can get the same kind of player at No. 20 that you can get at No. 9. The Panthers have given the pick to the commissioner. The Bengals are on the clock.
The first cut of free agency is always the deepest. The readers break the huddle hope Cedric Ogbuehi and the rest of his re-tooled offensive line have the answers.