Detroit Lions sign former Patriots LB Marquis Flowers

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Marquis Flowers

Allen Park -- The Detroit Lions made an effort to bolster the pass rush on Monday, agreeing to terms with former New England Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers, according to the player's agent. 

Flowers, 26, lost his job in New England this weekend, before quickly finding a new home in Detroit. The move reunites him with Lions coach Matt Patricia, who served as his defensive coordinator last season. 

A sixth-round pick out of Arizona in 2014, Flowers spent his first two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals before joining New England last year.

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In his lone season with the Patriots, he appeared in all 16 games, starting two. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder recorded 35 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble. 

To make room on the roster for Flowers, the Lions waived linebacker Trevor Bates. 

Practice squad completed

The Lions finalized the team's initial practice squad, signing defensive tackle John Atkins, cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc and defensive end Eric Lee.

The LeBlanc and Lee signings were first reported on Sunday.

Atkins a 322-pound rookie out of Georgia, spent this offseason with the Patriots. As a prospect, he took an official pre-draft visit to Detroit.