Chase Winovich: We have a great linebacker room

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The Patriots lost a lot of experience from their linebacking corps this offseason.

Jamie Collins, Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts all left as free agents before Dont’a Hightower elected to opt out of playing this season. That’s led to questions about how effective that group will be this year, but edge rusher Chase Winovich doesn’t sound overly concerned.

“I know that we’ve got a great room now. There’s a lot of great leadership between Derek Rivers and John Simon. All the guys coming along. Couple that with the rookies,” Winovich said, via Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “They’re young and they’re trying to get after it the best they can. This is football. The game we all love and sign up for. We’re just trying to get after it every single day. You can’t control the fact that we lost some players because this is the National Football League. That’s bound to happen. I’m just excited about the future.”

Winovich was productive as a situational player as a rookie with 5.5 sacks and seven quarterback hits. The Patriots may be looking for him to play a bigger role this season and said he’s been “working extra hard to make sure” that he makes progress as a player in Year Two.

6 responses to “Chase Winovich: We have a great linebacker room

  1. The worst thing that could happen is you lose every game and draft Trevor Lawrence.

  2. This kid has a motor. Each game he got to play in his presence was felt. Stats don’t always tell the full story…

    I am glad he is back. Will miss the other guys, but players come and go and those other guys were in the last 1/3rd of their careers and for the money… well lets just see how well they do with the new teams.

  3. LaserJock says:
    August 18, 2020 at 8:57 am
    This kid has a motor. Each game he got to play in his presence was felt. Stats don’t always tell the full story…

    I am glad he is back. Will miss the other guys, but players come and go and those other guys were in the last 1/3rd of their careers and for the money… well lets just see how well they do with the new teams.

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    Van Noy the key loss, as Collins and Roberts weren’t starter mainstays.

    When you have a Winowich, and then a John Simon, both needing to take more reps, you’re in good shape.

    The key will be how much time do Bentley and now Uche get at 3-4 MLBs as a duo, when that formation is deployed because BB is looking for speed now at the second level vs the RPO.

    Simon may not be Van Noy, or….Maybe he is under BB.

    Watch the master at work….

  4. Pats secondary coupled with the speed &youth at defensive line will cause chaos for opposing QB’s….lots of sacks or no gains or interceptions coming up!!!!

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