Bill Belichick: Kyle Dugger showing improvement play-to-play

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The Patriots made safety Kyle Dugger a second-round pick this offseason and head coach Bill Belichick gave an update on his progress during a Monday video conference with reporters.

Dugger is making the transition from Division II Lenoir-Rhyne to the NFL, which is a pretty big jump for a player in any season. It would seem to be an even bigger one without the benefit of OTAs in the spring or preseason games in the summer, but Belichick said he’s seen good things from Dugger as he’s gone through practices this month.

“Kyle’s a smart kid and he works really hard,” Belichick said. “He takes coaching well and you can definitely see improvement, I would say not only from day-to-day, but in some cases from play-to-play. I think he’s got a good understanding of football and he’s a pretty instinctive player, so when you tell him something, he usually understands what you’re talking about, especially if he’s had any chance at all to experience it before. There are some things that he just hasn’t seen that might take a little longer to explain to him, just because he’s not familiar with them. But, he’s very coachable, he picks up things quickly and the things that he hasn’t seen before, once he sees them and can understand what the conflict is or what the situation is that we have to address, he’s been very good to make those adjustments and handle it the next time.”

Belichick cautioned that “the wheel’s not spinning as fast as it’s going to spin” for Dugger in the coming weeks, so his trajectory could change in the coming weeks. So far, though, the rookie’s development would seem to be a positive for a team that saw safety Patrick Chung opt out of playing this season.

4 responses to “Bill Belichick: Kyle Dugger showing improvement play-to-play

  1. Here comes all the generic public encouragement period for all the newbies…

    Adrian Phillips is more likely the Chung replacement. BB will likely use Dugger more like he used Collins.

    Collins was a Safety at Southern Miss before growing into his body and going to LB.

    Don’t look at the position designation, look at the skill set.

    I bet money Dugger will be a better player than Jamal Adams
    and BB didn’t go top 10 for Dugger. lol

  2. Belichick praises young players With caveats but never in that much detail. He must see something special in this young man.

    I notice he’s not talking a lot about Harry. What is it with Bill and drafting receivers early? Branch is the only successful one that comes to mind.

  3. When I buy Patriots jerseys, I try to pick a player who will be with the team for an extended period. I think I might get a Dugger jersey – once we know his number.

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