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 ... Made a start in ’14 as an injury replacement at SLB, in playoff-clinching win vs. Denver ... Switched to LB prior to his junior season at Arizona..
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.
2015 recap: 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.
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.
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’).”
With Jeremy Hill ripping off his longest run in 20 games during Sunday's 29-17 loss to the Broncos in the Paul Brown Stadium opener, the running game stirred. But Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth says it has to become the norm: “I think this team is going to have to run it well. It’s just reality.”
It’s not that the Bengals lost Sunday to Denver. After all, they are the defending Super Bowl champs. But four sack-and-strip touchdowns by Broncos All-World pass rusher Von Miller would have made more sense than what happened in a wild Paul Brown Stadium opener.